Spanish real estate attracting foreign investment

Spain plans to offer residency permits to foreigners who buy properties priced at more than 160,000 euros as part of its efforts to revive the real estate market and rid itself of hundreds of thousands of unsold properties. More..

Easier residency for foreigners buying property

With the over supply of properties throughout Spain, and general doldrums of the EU wide economy, Spain is looking at further ways to help increase real estate transactions. As I am sure many people who will read this article are aware, for months now there have been a range of articles, talking about Russians/Chinese/etc… buying up properties in locations throughout Spain. More..

Will Spain’s bad bank work?

As I mentioned not too long ago in article, the Spanish Government would be setting up a ‘bad bank’ with the aim of buying up ‘toxic’ properties and land assets in the country in an attempt to clean up Spanish banks finances. More..

Spain to keep property tax incentives

The Minister of Development, Ana Pastor, asserted today that the Government has no intention of removing tax incentives for homeownership. “They are in effect because this government wanted it” and we do not see us change our minds, she added.

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Spanish property market still weak in June

Home sales in June were the lowest since the property crash began, show the latest figures from the Statistics Institute (INE).

There were 24,699 home sales in June (excluding social housing), down 26pc on the same time last year, below even June 2009, when the crash was thought to be at its nadir. The graph above makes it clear that, after a deceptively promising start, 2011 (in red) is turning out to be the worst year yet.

Compared to June 2007, sales were down 60pc – a teeth-jarring fall by any measure.

Year-to-date, transactions are down 11pc compared to last year, 3pc compared to 2009, and 55pc compared to 2007, as illustrated by this table.

On an annualised basis, sales have fallen in 10 of the last 12 months.

Assuming that prices have fallen by an average of 30pc since 2007, then in value terms (Euros) the market has shrunk by 70pc since then. That means 70pc less money around for everyone who lived off the housing market, town halls in particular.

All this helps explain why many town halls are now in the jaws of a financial crisis: They ramped up their spending and overheads during the boom, assuming it would last for ever, but now the money has dried up and they can’t afford to pay their bills. A 70pc fall in revenues from real estate helps explain why.

Why are transactions still falling? Partly because the credit crunch is still in full swing – in Spain at least – and partly because the abolition of mortgage tax relief at the end of last year brought forward sales that might otherwise have taken place in the first half of this year. So the figures might make the market look worse than it actually is. To find out we will have to wait and see if there is a recovery in the second half of the year.

The following table summarises the key transaction data month-by-month for the last 5 years.

Article by Mark Stucklin

Spain needs 5 years to sell all new builds on market

By the end of 2010, there were 687,523 new properties looking for buyers on the market, only a slight decrease on a year earlier. Based on current trends, fewer new properties coming on the property market combined with healthier sales last year, it is estimated that it could take between 3 and 5 years to absorb this accumulated stock.

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Stock of new properties decreases in 2010

By the end of 2010 the stock of new housing stood at 687,523 properties, a drop of only 0.08% compared to the surplus of 2009, according to the according the the Spanish government . This is the first drop in the level of new build on the market since 2005.

ACCUMULATION OF UNSOLD NEW PROPERTIES

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Nearly 400 Britons lost millions on Spanish property deal

Investors bought off-the-plan apartments in a proposed development called Estepona Beach and Country Club, 30km west of Marbella.

In some cases, the prospective owners – many of whom were from Northern Ireland – put down an £85,000 deposit for their Spanish properties.

However, the land still belonged to its original owner and the complex was never built.

An investigation is now ongoing into Ocean View Properties, based in Birmingham, which was the British representative for Sun Golf Desarrollos Immobiliarios SL in Spain.
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Foreign accents on the Costa del Sol

The population of Malaga province is continuing to increase; however, this growth is mainly due to the presence of foreigners and it must also be said that the increase during the past year has been minimal and the population has grown by only 13,254 inhabitants. The economic crisis has led to a change in migration and the number of foreign residents in Spain has dropped by approximately 100,000.
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Developers see improvements in Costa del Sol property sales

In the last few months, several promoters have seen increases in the level of Costa del Sol property sales, compared to 2009, although financing is still hard to come by.

If this is the case the next report by the Ministry of housing should reflect these positive trends as this was not apparent due the first trimester.

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Marbella issues licences to regularise homes

There is light at the end of the tunnel for some of the 16,500 properties within the Marbella municipality that were built but never got their first occupancy licences. Although bought in good faith, often with mortgages, owners have waited years to see if their homes would ever become regularised. Luckily for some, a few property developers are already working with the town hall to reach solutions for the many thousands of homes that were built without the relevant paperwork. The first to receive their licences are almost 300 owners with the La Reserva de Marbella in Las Chapas, east of Marbella. Some of the blocks in the development were without licences, leading to problems in recent years with utility providers, mortgages lenders and other institutions.

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Spanish property and positive murmurs

Earlier today I posted an article by the Times Online, which although positive, does consist of a bunch of press releases from a variety of sources. This is not to disparage the sources, but just that they need to understood in the right context.

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Expansion in Costa del Sol property collaborations

In a further endeavour to offer potential buyers a wider selection of properties for sale on the Costa del Sol, we at Arriba Estates have expanded our network of collaborating agents throughout the Costa del Sol.
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Spanish property recovery is underway and prices will start to rise by 10pc per year says expert

I recently read an interesting interview with Mikel Echavarren, head of Irea, a Spanish real estate consultancy, talking about the state of the real estate sector in Spain. As an experienced professional in touch with many different companies in the sector it is worth listening to what he has to say. Here is a selection of comments from his Q&A with Idealista News, the news section of the property portal Idealista

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Recovery in the sale of new build property

According to Pedro Pérez, the general secretary of the G-14 (association of Spanish developers) the sale of newly built property has started a mild recovery, and this position will be consolidated in the coming months. Backing this up, the latest INE (Spain statistics institute) statistics showed an increase of 7.6% in inter-monthly sales, with over 20,000 sales in September.
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