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26 Sep 2019 14:46:

I don't think the idea is that far off.

After a long recession in the real estate business, Spain is clearly once again building. I see new houses going up everywhere. 5 years ago or so I could call any builder in my area and he would offer to start work the very next morning. There was so little work for them to do. These days they have much more work and you need to wait a long time. So I think there is sufficient work if you know how to market your services.

The builders who did all the work around my house are all Spanish and I manage to explain what I want in Spanish. But I can definitely see a market for builders who speak English. Although they should ideally speak Spanish too as they need to talk to all sorts of people and file the paperwork


Thread: Builder looking for work

05 Jul 2019 20:41:

There is a huge demand in Spain for social housng. Plenty of young people and poor who would happily move into properties of the quality of those standing empty.

The problem is, these properties in the wrong places. People want to live where there are jobs and opportunities. Mostly that means in and around the big cities. Moving job seekers into expat urbanisations on the costas would cut them off from the jobs and opportunities they need. There are only so many gardeners and pool maintenance people the market can support, and most of those jobs are already taken.

Thread: Upturn in Spanish property sales?

05 Jul 2019 12:14:

In my observation, there is definitely a huge increase in new build properties hitting the market, and the associated huge upturn in building activity. I can see this not only in the number of new houses going up in the area around me, but also by builders beginning to charge more again for doing small jobs. 


But as far as I can see, so far this is only affacting new build properties. Older properties are not attracting anywhere near that level of interest. 

And in terms of property value going up, I'm not really seeing this yet. Of course it's difficult to compare like to like and every proprty has its own special attractivity that is not always quantifiable that may make it more or less valuable than an apaprently similar property down the road. How do you quantify a view for example? Or the friendliness of a neighbourhood? These are alll individual things that different peopel will judge differently. But there is a very nice and luxurious villa on my road, partly modernised and well maintaned, with pool and nice garden. The owner always took good care of it. It's been on the market for 4 years now, the price has dropped twice, and its still there. That doesn't exactly shout like a booming seller's market.

Thread: Upturn in Spanish property sales?

24 Jul 2018 18:01:

I agree with all of the above.

Do extensive research. Talk to neighbours. A local bar may also be a good place to pick up on local gossip and "make enquiries". Come to the site without the agent and even if you can't get inside the house, walk the surrounding area to get a feel of what the area is like. Are there lost of run down properties? Are you too close to a motorway? Ae you withi walking distance of shops, public transport, etc. All factors that can affect the value of the property. Also go onto the land registry website (catastro, its free) and check out the sqare meterage and borders of the property and land. Many agents and sellers have a tendency to inflate such figures. At the same time you can find out whether that strange extension and that dodgy garage were really built as legally as the agent clains. 

Thread: Fears about buying a property in Spain

12 Jul 2018 15:09:


I am somewhat perplexed at the concept of a neeighbour laying his own telephone cable. Normally the telephone company come and lays a cable right up to the first junction box in your house. Everything up to that box is the utility's property and technically you cannot touch it. I cannot imagine them asking a customer to do that themselves. The whole things sounds fishy to me. I would approach telefonica, or whoever the provide ris, and ask them if they even know about it.



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