How would you sum up 2015 in your region?
2015 has been a great year for the Sitges office of Lucas Fox. We have expanded our team to meet the increasing demand from buyers. We are seeing a change in the attitude of our clients with a greater urgency to find a property which suits their needs and when they do see something they like they are keen to move quickly rather than risk the property being snapped up by somebody else. Our most desirable properties don´t stay on the market for long!
Who are the key buyers and where?
Our key buyers are mainly foreigners although we have seen an increase in enquiries from local buyers recently including a couple of closed deals. They tend to be young families or couples in their 40s /50s looking for an investment with the view to settling there for early retirement.
What types of property are proving most popular and why?
Seaview properties are always in demand. Detached villas with private pool and views are also popular with families looking to relocate or looking for a holiday home. Apartments in the centre and close to the beach are popular with couples of all ages.
Have you noticed any significant nationality trends? And why?
This year there appears to have been an increase in Belgian and German buyers. According to these buyers they are looking for a holiday home in a sunnier climate so thay either choose France or Spain. British clientss remain our largest group of buyers especially at the moment as the pound remains strong.
What is the outlook for 2016?
The outlook for 2016 is promising. This year has been a positive move out of the crisis and buyers´ confidence is growing. There is quite a bit of development going on in Sitges at the moment which is always a positive sign.