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The Spanish property market is "poised for growth" in 2016, according to industry experts. 

The country has had a positive 2015, with the pound at a seven-year high against the euro, boosting the appeal of already affordable prices for Brits and other nationalities.

Indeed, recent Q3 data from the Spanish property Registrars indicate a rise in sales to foreign buyers by 20 per cent to 12,535.

Latest figures from estate agency Lucas Fox International Properties also highlights a "significant rise" in the number of sales of Spanish homes by British buyers during the last 12 months.

Sales data from the Barcelona-based company - which primarily focuses on high end properties - indicate that the number of transactions by British buyers increased by 26 per cent across all key regions over the last 12 months, with Barcelona, Ibiza and the Costa Brava the areas most in demand.

The growing number of British tourists certainly demonstrates the ongoing love affair between the UK and Spain: visitors dropped by nearly a quarter from 16.3 million in 2007 to 12.4 million in 2010, but have since climbed back up to an expected 15.5m in 2015, with a still higher number expected in 2016.

More crucially, though, national buyers are also returning to the market, buoyed by the slow-but-sure recovery of the economy.

The Spanish economy will grow 3.2 per cent in 2015 and 2.7 per cent in 2016, predicts Spanish bank BBVA.

"The reasons for the moderation are the slowdown in global demand, depletion of some cyclical factors and increased uncertainty, partly linked to Spanish electoral cycle," says the lender.

Regardless, the "tailwinds that support recovery" are expected to prevail, 

Lucas Fox reveals that it has seen domestic property sales rise 50 per cent from November 2014 to November 2015. 

The registrars' data also highlights a 16 per cent rise in national buyers to more than 80 thousand compared to the same period last year.

"The national economy is rebounding and GDP in Spain is currently up 3.4 per cent year-on-year - more than twice the Eurozone average. Spain's eye-watering unemployment level is also finally coming down, along with the cost of living. More jobs and more purchasing power for Spaniards is a healthy platform for growth," comments Spanish property portal Kyero.com.

So where are the hotspots of growth that buyers should be paying attention to?

Lucas Fox's report shows that prices in Spain's three key cities – Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia - are now beginning to increase, albeit slowly.

"In all of these locations the improving market conditions are being driven by increasing levels of confidence amongst national buyers, something that is crucial for the market's long term recovery," explains the agency's founding partner, Alexander Vaughan. "In almost all our markets, this renewed confidence, a strong economy and the Spanish banks' willingness to offer competitive mortgages has brought new investors into the market and we are now seeing international buyers competing against local buyers to secure the best properties in the most desirable locations."

Indeed, overseas buyers account for around 18 per cent of the Spanish property market overall, according to figures from the registrars, although in some areas this rises considerably - in Alicante, for example, half of all buyers are non-Spaniards.

In addition to Alicante, Kyero.com's Richard Speigal highlights the Canary and Balearic Islands as important hotspots.

"The eastern Canaries - Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote - look particularly strong with a fast improving jobs market, strong growth in lending and very active overseas interest. Twelve months of sunshine is enduringly appealing," he explains. "Meanwhile international investors love the Balearics and have driven strong sales growth in 2015: foreign investment now accounts for more than 40 per cent of the market. The Balearics also benefit from one of the lowest unemployment rates in Spain, making a happy overall picture for property investment there in 2016."

Malaga and Murcia complete Kyero's shortlist of likely 2016 hotspots - Malaga thanks to high international investment and stead growth in sales, and Murcia due to rising sales, increased domestic lending and overseas buyers accounting for a quarter of the market.

"There are some stark variations across Spain's regions and provinces," adds Speigal, "but as a whole the market looks poised for growth in 2016."

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Foreign demand for property in Spain is close to record highs as a percentage of the Spanish housing market, and continues to expand on the back of British demand.

Foreign demand as a percentage of overall Spanish housing market. Last five columns are quarterly. Source: Registradores.

13.52% of all Spanish home sales inscribed in the Property Register in the third quarter involved a foreign buyer (chart above), reveals the latest report from the registrars. That means that more than one in ten properties in Spain today is bought by a foreigner, including both residents and non-residents.

A total of 12,535 home sales involved a foreign buyer in Q3, up 20% on the same period last year, compared to a 16% rise in local demand (80,251).

Year to date (first three quarters), foreign demand was up 13% to 34,758 sales, compared to a 12% increase in the local market, to 235,749 sales. Year to date, foreign demand was 12.85% of the housing market.

After years of declines, local demand has finally started growing, but not as fast as foreign demand, which is once again increasing in market share.

After crashing in the first years of the crisis, foreign demand has come roaring back, providing the only bit of good news for the Spanish property market as it suffered an extended collapse in local demand.

“The active presence of foreign buyers in the Spanish housing market has provided a big contribution at a times of very low overall demand, and the fact that this demand is consolidating, and even growing, in a period of recovery like the present, offers great encouragement for the future,” explain the registrars.


A 20% increase in foreign demand is impressive, but the big story in the numbers is the increase in British demand.

The British bought 2,895 Spanish homes in Q3, more than double the next biggest group (France, 1,095), and a big increase (+31%) on the previous quarter.

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EXPERTS predicted it would be one of Spain’s speediest post-crisis recoveries and Marbella has not disappointed. 

The jewel in the Costa property market’s crown is seeing the signs of recovery align and investors and construction companies are back in town.

With luxury homes in Marbella and Puerto Banus at around 50% of their original value, it is no surprise the buyers are flooding back.

Sales increased by 30% at the end of 2014 and the latest Eurostat figures show construction is up by an unexpected 16% in the first few months of this year.

In fact, Marbella’s property sales are soaring near pre-crisis levels, up 89% since 2008.

As tourism increases, more people are opting to purchase a holiday pad for regular getaways.

And things are set to get better, particularly with British buyers currently seeing the best exchange rate in a decade, meaning an investment in Spanish property is now great value.

Britons are, once again, the leading purchasers in the Costa del Sol, followed by Scandinavians, Belgians, French, Dutch and Germans.

Leading agent Christopher Clover of Panorama Properties, explains: “It is clear that the market touched bottom in 2011 and has been improving unquestionably yearly since then – last year an impressive 28,31% over 2013 sales volume.

“Those who have been waiting for years for the ‘right moment’ to buy, creating a pent-up demand, have finally realised that the crisis is over and prices are on the move upwards.

This realisation creates a confidence with buyers that we have not seen during the crisis years.”

Fellow agent Ulf Hessedahl, of Andalucia Development, adds: “More houses are being renovated and built and there has definitely been an increase year-on-year on properties sold.

“There is more confidence, more sales are coming through and in some areas prices have even gone up!”



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Many visitors in Scotland are ‘two tyre-d’, according to the national tourism body. Mountain Biking provides a huge tourism boost for Scotland, says Visit Scotland.

Research also showed that domestic visitors to Scotland, who take part in mountain biking or cycling, on average stay over two million nights and spend £109 million each year.

Cycling-themed events bring in money too, such as the TweedLove Festival in Peebleshire and Tour o' the Borders, which brought in an estimated £1.7million alone in 2014.

There is a fantastic resort in Scotland, Highland Tay Retreat, it offers some fantastic cycling routes up through the nearby hills and around the local Loch Tay. Numerous other outdoor pursuits are available already, from clay pigeon shooting to canyoning.

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With snow finally arriving across the French Alps a flurry of interest is expected in ski property, especially since interest rates offered by lenders in France are so low.

Rates below 3% were available in 2014 and the beginning of 2015 may herald even lower rates in France as the long term outlook for growth in Europe remains weak, according to John Busby, private clients director of French Private Finance.

He pointed out that the TEC 10 index dropped below 1% for the first time in December, hitting 0.86%. ‘It is worth stressing again that this is now the rate investors will receive when lending to the French Government for a 10 year period. Hopefully this drop will continue to make it through to retail mortgage rates and so buyers will continue to benefit, said Busby.

He also pointed out that it seems that the controversial social charges of 15.5% which were added to French capital gains and rental income tax are in fact illegal under European law and many people who sold a property during 2014 are now making cases to reclaim the tax which they have overpaid.

‘This is also reassuring news for those looking to buy over the busy ski property season,’ added Busby.

According to Francois Marchand, general manager at Erna Low Property, the ever lower interest rates offered by the French Banks and a weakening Euro versus the Sterling has triggered earlier property searching by clients in the French Alps.

‘Enquiries from savvy investors are up 20% year on year since the end of the summer. Site visits have been taking place since the beginning of September,’ he said.

He explained that over the past 12 months, many exciting new developments have appeared in the French Alps with a few new hot spots for investors for example Châtel, part of the Portes du Soleil ski area. Erna Low Property has sourced a few new property developments ready for this ski season or for next December 2015 with leaseback options.

Les Gets, also part of the Portes du Soleil and a short drive from Geneva Airport, having  been short of new property developments for sale for a few years, due to a need to upgrade the draining systems and water supplies, now has a greater variety of new properties for sale.

Tignes les Brevieres has long been popular for its flexible leaseback investment with the British market, with direct access to the world renowned Espace Killy ski domain and in the same ski area, La Plagne has a new leaseback property investment, ski-in ski-out, of fully furnished apartments ready in December 2016.

‘Over the past two years, we have experienced a great increase in activity levels, the winter season has started in the middle of summer for us, which is something we last saw in 2008,’ said James Ross, sales manager at Erna Low Property .

‘It appears that the French Alps is enjoying a renaissance as a favourite destination for first time investors in France, and we are very well prepared for this activity,’ he added.

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Asking prices have fallen across the UK apart from Scotland, month on month, according to the latest data from the Home.co.uk index, but are expected to growth by 7% in 2015.

Prices fell 0.7% overall in England and Wales during the last month and that means annual growth dropped to 7.6% while Scotland saw asking prices go up by 0.3%.

Looking at annual asking price growth, most of it was in London and the South. Indeed, Greater London experienced growth of 15.9% over the last 12 months.

The data also shows that supply in the capital region has risen considerably since last year, up by 39%, and according to Doug Shephard, the firm’s director this will serve to attenuate price rises in 2015.

‘Looking ahead, we anticipate that 2015 will be a more consistent year for UK property prices than 2014,’ he said but pointed out that with the prime central London market showing signs of slowing down average prices are likely to rise less quickly next year.

‘Record low mortgage rates will stoke demand whilst record prices in London and the South East will encourage more potential vendors to cash in. Hence, both supply and demand is expected to rise, thereby increasing the volume of the sales market towards more normal levels,’ he explained.

Prices are predicted to rise 7% overall in 2015 and most pronounced in the South, especially the South East and East Anglia, although the northern markets will continue to improve, albeit slowly.

The report also suggests that price rises will be less pronounced in London than they were in 2014, rising by around 10% and the supply of property for sale will increase by around 25% over the course of 2015.

‘East Anglia and the South East look set to be the leading regional markets next year owing to their much improved marketing times. Supply of property for sale remains low historically in these regions and this will keep prices on an upward trajectory, although we do anticipate market volume to steadily increase over the course of 2015,’ said Shephard.

‘The East Midlands also looks primed for a good year ahead. We expect above average price growth and lower marketing times in 2015. Looking further afield, the North of England property market, hampered by employment problems and austerity measures, will continue to improve slowly, as will Wales,’ he pointed out.

‘Across in the South West and West Midlands, further market improvements are to be  expected, but growth there is likely to be slightly lower than the national average,’ he added.

However he also pointed out that these predictions are based on there being no change in interest rates. ‘Should there be even a small rise in the Bank of England base rate, market sentiment would be severely dampened. A more dramatic hike of 1% would likely bring down price growth to zero for 2015,’ he concluded.

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Explore The Highlands from this Golf & Spa Resort.

We would like to introduce Highland Tay Retreat - an extraordinary freehold golf and spa resort located in one of Scotland's most important privately owned historic castle estates. Prices from £27,000.

Highland Tay Retreat is a one-off, new to market property ownership opportunity located in one of Scotland's most important privately owned historic estates. According to David Walker, Emiritus Professor at the School of Art History at St Andrews University, Highland Tay Retreat's Taymouth Castle is not just of national, but also European and transatlantic importance. The only comparable example of Georgian/early Victorian Gothic architecture is the Westminster Houses of Parliament.

Own part of one of the most historic castles in the UK

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  • Own a freehold luxury hotel suite within the walls of Taymouth Castle
  • Prices from £27,500 (normally £30,000) to £357,500 (normally £390,000)
  • Fixed rental return of 10% of the purchase price per annum for 2 years, approx 10% NET / year projected for year 3 onwards. Or you can use the property yourselves.
  • Facilities including an 18-hole golf course designed by James Braid (who created Gleneagles, which hosted the 2014 Ryder Cup), fishing on the River Tay and much more, including a world-class spa.
  • Prices due to increase by 9% after this initial launch.
  • A truly one-off opportunity with added benefit of returns
  • Various luxury hotel suites within the castle for sale

Highland Tay Retreat is a one-off, new to market property ownership opportunity located in one of Scotland's most important privately owned historic estates. According to David Walker, Emiritus Professor at the School of Art History at St Andrews University, Highland Tay Retreat's Taymouth Castle is not just of national, but also European and transatlantic importance. The only comparable example of Georgian/early Victorian Gothic architecture is the Westminster Houses of Parliament.

The properties for sale vary in size from 37sq.m to 56sq.m and all include fantastic furnishings and opulent en-suite bathrooms. These suites will be stunning, set inside the legendary walls of Taymouth Castle. Located in the East Wing of the castle, you will literally be part of history, with easy access to the facilities including the incredible 18-hole golf course designed by James Braid and Taymouth Castle itself with its beautiful state rooms with legendary historic Royal family connections.

Final additions and alterations were completed in readiness for the honeymoon visit in 1842 of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

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Regal Magesty in The Heart of Scotland

Its public rooms are outstanding examples of the opulence and refinement created by the finest architects and craftsmen of the 19th century. The central building with its cloistered colonnade and corner towers dates from 1806 and was built by James and Archibald Elliot.

Inside, Francis Bernasconi - acknowledged as the greatest designer of fine plaster work of the era - created a central staircase that soars 100 feet through all four storeys of the central tower and many of the ceilings were painted by Cornelius Dixon.

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Recovery is undoubtedly underway . . .

Numbers: The long overdue recovery in the Spanish property market is undoubtedly recovering with the news from the General Council of Notaries that sales, overall, are up by 8.6% over the same period in the previous year. The general council stated that the number of homes sold in September alone was up 20% over the previous September. Unsurprisingly, the figures show an uneven performance across the range of property types. In September 2014 the sale of villas increased by 25% over the same period whereas sales of apartments increased by only 19%.

Mortgages: the banks are clearly once again in the mood to lend money for housing. According to the General Council, the number of mortgages approved grew by 16% since last year.

Anecdotal evidence: the traditional marker for the housing industry, mortgage loans for construction, also increased by 26% year on year. Building cranes, another traditional marker are once again in evidence, as anyone who recently visited Marbella will testify.

Overall, although uneven, there seems no doubt that the Spanish property market is recovering and with prices still at a low, now would seems a low risk moment to dive back in and seize control of your pension investments.

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The World Marbella - Costa Del Sol, Spain 

Luxury Aparments situated on Marbella´s Golden Mile, close to Puerto Banús - Idyllic Prime Location

Propertiesabroad.com are proud to announce.. The World Marbella, a development as exciting and unique as the people who live there. A true paradise on the Mediterranean shores of Southern Europe, located between the sea and the Sierra Blanca mountain range, Marbella enjoys a climate that is unique with its 320 sunny days a year. Its cosmopolitan flair and welcoming personality provide residents with a great diversity of attractive features: culture, sports, leisure, luxury shopping, health and beauty.

Its 16 golf courses, the famous Puerto Banús marina and excellent communications thanks to the easily reached international airport and the high speed train in Malaga have turned Marbella into one of the top global destinations for luxury residences.

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There has never been a development in Marbella like The World. Five iconic buildings will house 112 unique residences set in beautiful tropical gardens. From its elevated position just off Marbella’s emblematic Golden Mile The World Marbella enjoys breathtaking views from its huge terraces across the Mediterranean towards Gibraltar and Africa.

The World Marbella will redefine modern Marbella living with its ground breaking architecture and interiors that set new standards in state-of-the art luxury. To complete the experience, it offers a full range of lifestyle amenities including 24-hour security and dedicated concierge, as well as luxury spa and peerless gym and fitness facilities.

Located in five stunning buildings designed by leading international architect Teodorro Cabrilla, the Residences make up the ground floor to fifth floor levels of The World Marbella. All Residences comprise of three or four bedrooms, with the ground floor Residences being duplexes with direct access to the tropical gardens and pools. All of the Residences have large terraces that have been specifically designed to be an extension of the interior living space.

The project’s unique signature curved design allows the terraces, which are covered, to enjoy stunning views of the mountains and the coast. The interiors of the Residences feature high ceilings as well as making the very best use of the natural Mediterranean light. With a contemporary yet classic design, the interiors will be finished to the very highest standard and offer an outstanding specification.

The Penthouses in The World Marbella offer the ultimate in contemporary living. All 16 are duplexes and boast huge curved terraces offering unparalleled views. Each individual Penthouse features a private sky terrace that offers you the scope to design your own bespoke space, tailored exactly to your needs.

All have a huge range of impressive features, including massive master bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, underfloor heating throughout and the very latest in state-of-the-art technology. A statement of 21st Century living , the Penthouses offer a top of The World experience.

The two splendid infinity pools together with the children’s pool that reproduces the world map, the common area of various uses like spa, gym, social hall, sports area, etc. turn the whole project into a landscaped extension of leisure and wellness immersed in light and freshness with a reminiscence of the most outstanding international spots.

Residents of The World Marbella will have access to a full range of lifestyle amenities: • 24hr Security & Dedicated Concierge Service • Luxury Spa for the Exclusive Use of Residents • Next Generation Fitness Centre • 3 Swimming Pools including a Beach Type Pool with Salt Water and an Indoor Pool • 1 Tennis Court and 2 Padel Courts • Golf Putting Green • 500m Running, Walking and Cycling Track • Children’s Playground • Residents Club House with Events and Reception Room • Private storage units in the basement. • Fully secure and covered parking garage.

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The popular Spanish newspaper El Mundo has reported that there are large numbers of buyers biding their time to re-enter the Spanish property market. The positive data released over the past few months has already been affecting the market and pushing individuals and investment firms to make their move.

Spain's largest estate agencies now have 300,000 active potential buyers in their databases according to El Mundo. Many of them are studying the market closely, there is still a downward price trend although this is now weakening and it appears that prices are stabilizing and will rise in the medium term.

The attitude of the public towards property is also now changing with confidence and optimism returning after years of negativity. An interview by Spain's Consumer Confidence Index showed that 3.6% of people were aiming to buy within the next 12 months and 26.6% believe that prices will rise again.

Source: Fuster & Associates Newsletter nº 142 - 29 of October of 2014.