Will Spain copy Ireland?

The Irish ‘bad bank’ has chosen to demolish the ghost towns that were created during Irelands property bubble, at least that is how is has been reported in eleconomista.es. The question for me, is will we see the same happening in Spain? More..

IVA on new homes rising from 4pc to 10pc next year

The Government has confirmed that IVA (value added tax) on new homes will go up from 4 percent to 10 percent at the start of next year. More..

Warnings to property landlords

Homeowners who rent their Spanish properties to holidaymakers are facing potentially large fines unless they adhere to Spanish rental laws, warns the British Embassy in Madrid.

This warning comes as the Embassy says it has been informed of a number of cases where property owners have received fines of up to 30,000 euros after being caught renting accommodation without the appropriate permits. More..

Spanish property market transparency

I have just found an interesting news blurb by Mark Stucklin on a study by Jones Lang Lasalle. Based on this study it appears that the Spanish property market is more transparent that quite a few of its fellow European countries including: Belgium, Norway Italy, Portugal and Italy are all less transparent that Spain.
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The danger of generalised property article

After posting the article on S&P and their property forecast I had someone contacting me panicking that these articles would be detrimental to Costa del Sol real estate. Although I can see why a negative article, would be viewed… well negatively, there are also reasons why it should be written about.
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S&P says average Spanish property prices to drop further

Prices of Spanish properties could decrease a further 25 percent over the next 4 years according to Standard & Poor.
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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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Banks under pressure to finish building Costa del Sol properties

The governments most recent financial reform is forcing banks to dig themselves out of a hole that they helped to make in the first place.

Mortgage default and repossessions mean that now financial institutions are the owners of around half of the 6,792 unsold new properties on the Costa del Sol (according to a recent repost by Aguirre Newman). Now following Spain’s most recent financial sector reform this stock of real estate assets and loans granted to developers are costing the banks more and more in the form of provisions. As a result they are doubling their efforts to sell, which in many cases implies first finishing off the construction work where indebted developers left off.
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Spanish property prices 2011

According to the latest statistics supplied by the INE (Spain National Statistics Institute) Spanish house prices fell 11.2 percent in 2011 with new build suffering an 8.5 percent fall and resale’s a 13.7 percent fall.

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New train corridor connecting Andalucia with Europe

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British lenders financing purchases in Spain

In a recent article in thisismoney.co.uk it has been reported that British lenders are allowing property owners to re-mortgage their UK properties to fund property purchases abroad. To date this has been common amongst Scandinavia clients, but it is a positive sign to see British lenders doing the same. But the article is also a bit of a PR piece, I have tried to only include the salient points below. For the full article you can find a link at the bottom.

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The future of illegal properties is still uncertain

As I have previously written, the Junta de Andalucía has been working on a decree which would enable many of the current illegal properties in Andalucía to finally be legalised.

The decree on the illegal properties was meant to have been ready within six months of its announcement back in March but is still not ready and the provincial delegate for Public Works and Housing has stated that will not be ready until November, more than likely December.

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Property sales, Spain down 18.3%, Malaga up 7.8%

The sale of Costa del Sol properties saw an increase of 7.8% in May compared to the same month last year according to Spain’s Institute of National Statistics (INE), with monthly sales standing at 1,931 sales (including VPOs).

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Spanish property sales decrease 18.3% in May

The sale of Spanish properties decreased by 18.3% in May compared to the same month last year, with monthly sales standing at 30 797 sales (including VPOs). Most of this drop was due to the sharp decline in new build sales in the Month of May which saw a decline of 22.7%.

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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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