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Rise in enquiries suggests sustained interest in Spanish holiday homes
07 January 2021 @ 18:10

Despite the uncertainty surrounding Brexit and its implications for Brits living abroad, estate agents, real estate developers and property portals are all reporting strong interest in the Spanish property market, with enquiries already significantly up on last year.

Whilst Covid-19 is still casting a shadow of uncertainty over people's lives, the pandemic has pushed people to reassess how they might use a second home, and a trend towards longer stays in sunny climes combined with extended periods of remote working is emerging.

With vaccination now well underway across the globe, there is an air of cautious optimism surrounding the Spanish property market, with potential buyers making enquiries about homes both on the mainland and the Spanish islands.

The property portal thinkSPAIN has seen a 47% rise in buyer enquiries during the first five days of 2021 compared with 2020, with a 19% rise in UK/English language enquiries over the same period, following on from a 66% year-on-year increase in 2020.

Demand for new build properties also appears to be increasing with the real estate developer Taylor Wimpey España reporting "a flurry of enquiries from Britons interested in buying homes in Spain", citing a 30% increase in leads in the first week of January 2021 compared with the same period in 2020. In addition, it has said that website traffic from the UK is up 57% over the same timeframe, with its first sale of the year being made to a British buyer.

"We’ve seen buyers changing their expectations about how and when they plan to use their second homes," said Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España. "The events of 2020 have accelerated the pace of those changes – and 2021 will likely do so further – but those shifts in usage had already begun. One key trend, for example, is that buyers are now looking to use their second homes to work from, as well as for leisure purposes." 

 

Read more at thinkSPAIN.com

 



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markmyword said:
09 January 2021 @ 10:36

According to my information, this blog offers a "rose-tinted spectacles" vision - or wishful thinking - regarding new sales in the Spanish property market. Yes, there may be more casual enquiries, but nothing positive is going to happen for a while yet.
By all means let's be optimistic, but this blog is likely to give rise to frustration rather than anticipation.

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