|December 19, 2016||3 Comments|
Has the Spanish property market ever been so perfect for foreign investors? We take a look at some of the reason why and how you should seriously considering investing in Spanish property in 2017.
Spain has long been the preferred destination for Brits looking to get on the property ladder abroad. Whether it’s a holiday home to rent out as an investment or a retirement relocation, there are some 306,000 UK-born people with residency in Spain. Spain’s warm and sunny climate, relaxed atmosphere and abundance of culture makes it an idea place to escape the stressful grey skies of Britain. The vast majority of those choose the sun kissed shores of Spain to invest their life savings into property. Added to the news that in April 2016 the government levied a higher stamp duty rate on UK citizens purchasing a second home, more and more of us are looking elsewhere to invest our money.
According to OECD data, Britain’s property is some 7% overvalued, this is largely down to a housing shortage across the country. In Spain however, property is massively undervalued by 26% with the opposite scenario – too many houses, not enough residents who can pay for them.
The collapse of Spanish economy led to many major property developments becoming bank owned. Now as 2017 approaches, Spanish banks have been keen to try get rid of these properties to make up for their own shortcomings. The Telegraph reported in March 2015 that some banks we’re even offering zero-deposit mortgages and giving cashback of up to 13% of the property’s value in order to try entice buyers.
Spanish property prices have fallen a huge 30% since 2008 and still remain low. However, 2017 may be the right time to buy as leading Spanish bank BBVA recently forecasted a property market recovery in 2017 with prices rising by 3.5%.
Undoubtedly the first affect Brexit has had is the impact on the pound after the June referendum result. However, many finance experts anticipate that it should recover once negotiations have been resolved and uncertainty has been cleared up.
Pensions and living conditions are unlikely to be affected too much by Brexit and with Spain facing a housing surplus, they are expected to continue to welcome British holidaymakers and investors alike. By in large, most experts don’t see there being too much change at all.
“The rights of property ownership will be unchanged, as will be purchase tax, stamp duty and VAT. On the ground, during one’s lifetime, there will be almost no noticeable difference.” – SolicitorsInSpain.com
Spain has many areas to offer that are completely different from each another, whether it’s mountainous views, rural country life or sandy shores. There are however some obvious locations where you can get good bang for your buck and still have all the infrastructure, transport links and attractions of a holiday resort.
According to my local this article, the average price of a property in Alicante is just £119,050 making it an incredibly reasonable investment. Yes, nearly half the market here is made up of international visitors and investors, but as a popular holiday resort it has restaurants, shops, an airport and makes a good option for holiday rental.
Ever popular with the rest of Europe, the Balearics offer stunning landscape and towns that provide all the amenities needed for international visitors but also the rural hamlets of true Spanish life. According to Kyero, unemployment is amongst the lowest in Spain and living conditions on the islands are generally excellent.
Murcia has quickly attracted the eye of a number of property investors in recent years with its scenic coastal towns, marinas and culture being a welcome alternative from the oversaturated shores of the Costa del Sol. With properties as a low as £30,000 on the market, it makes for a very enticing option for any investor looking for a home abroad.
With an average property price of £80,000, Almeria offers great value for money. With daily temperatures hitting 30ºC in the summer, Almeria is one of the only cities in Europe to have never dipped below 0ºC since records began. Almeria is very easy to get to with flights into the local airport from London, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Glasgow and Bristol. It also boasts incredible beaches that tend to be quieter than the Costa del Sol, as well as beautiful Moorish towns like Mojacar that come to life in the evenings with markets, restaurants and music.
The difference in 2017 for prospective property owners is that it’s never been easier to rent out property abroad. The rise of online holiday home rental portals like Airbnb or HomeAway means cheaper advertising fees and access to a much larger audience of holidaymakers. Property owners aren’t having to rely on exclusive deals tied to expensive private holiday rental companies anymore.
Spain has no restrictions on Brits buying property in Spain – whether residential or commercial. There are a few things you need to be aware of, however:
Please see the government’s official advice for buying property in Spain for further information on legal requirements.
All in all, 2017 looks a very strong time to purchase a property in Spain. Spain remains a popular holiday destination so investors are always likely to make earnings on renting properties. However, prices are rising in Spain so you may need to be quick to bag a bargain in many of the country’s upcoming locations.