Spain is one of the most popular countries for UK expats buying properties abroad. Whether Brits choose to buy a villa in Spain as a permanent residency, retirement home or a holiday home, there is speculation if it is a wise time to buy with Brexit looming.
So, what does Brexit mean for British citizens who own a holiday home in Spain and those planning on buying property in Spain?
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Spain is another country where there are bargain prices that are likely to stay affordable during 2012. In parts of Spain you can get a new villa for €50,000. There seems little doubt that for those with the many Spain looks like a good buy in 2012. One area that a lot of people are talking about it Murcia where the new ParamountTheme Park is due to start construction in 2012.
Mercers the most successful agent in Mazarron opened their new larger offices on Camposol Golf Resort on 17 November.Mayor Gin?s Campillo, cut the ribbon and toasted the thriving local business.
Murcia greeted 342,054 foreign tourists in the first several months of 2013, up 8.1% on the very same period of time the previous year. 25,589 more visitors have so far picked the region for their holidays in 2013, with all the French and British leading the charge.
When a decade-long building binge came to a magnificent end in 2007/8, Spain fell from grace in the eye of the property investor. However an uplifting u-turn is underway with industry experts now calling the nation a “star market”.
The headlines shout ‘foreign boom’, foreign buyers snatching up Spanish property at a rate of knots, but Murcia agent Mercers says if banks continue to be tight with their loaning, full recuperation of the property market is a long way off.
Chris Mercer, Director of 30-year established Mercers, says, “The greatest loan-to-value for non-residents in Spain today is around 60%. However, the client must also pay 15% of the purchase price in taxes and fees so, unless you’re purchasing a bank repossession where they may lend up to 100% or more, you really want easy access to around half the money to buy a Spanish property. This debars a large number of people who require larger loans.”
After 5 years of decline it appears as though Spanish property prices might have bottomed out. When the credit crunch hit the Eurozone in 2007, 700,000 homes fell to the Spanish banks. Within the Murcia area in 2007 an average price for a property was EUR 147,000. This decreased annually to EUR 45,000 in 2012, meaning some properties were actually being sold at 70percent lower than their maximum prices as banks were pressured by the European Central Bank to rebalance their books and clear away under-performing property resources. But, it appears as if average prices in 2013 are going to go up to EUR 55,000, indicating that the market may have bottomed out.
Camposol, which translated is countryside in the sun, is a substantial rural development based around an eighteen hole golf course. The development has more than 5000 homes, a hotel and spa complex, numerous shops, bars and eateries, together with key facilities for example a health centre and banks. Camposol is ideal for both a second home and holiday property, or for full-time occupants. There’s an array of dwellings to choose from, from low maintenance apartments to substantial villas with private pools. There are approximately 3500 long-term occupants, mostly British, but in addition a good number of Spanish and Europeans enjoy homes here too. Mainly because of the large amount of permanent occupants a genuine local community has evolved, with a variety of clubs, charitable groups and social groups having been established.