“We are feeling optimistic about the continued recovery of the Maresme property market during the rest of 2017. We are still seeing offers accepted below asking price but the gap has now closed to, on average, between 3% and 7%. Enquiries from US and UK buyers have also been consistently strong, showing that the Maresme market has not been significantly affected by Brexit or the election of Trump in the United States. Properties most in demand tend to be renovated homes but we are also seeing demand for properties requiring minor updating in prime residential areas, such as Can Teixidó in Alella. We have seen continued interest in historic, period properties (in most cases requiring substantial renovation) in prime villages such as Alella. We expect to see increased activity in the prime market during 2017 – both from national and international buyers – as market conditions and buyer confidence continue to improve.”
Partner, Lucas Fox Maresme
Maresme Property Prices
After several years of decline, property prices in Maresme are beginning to stabilise and in some areas homes are priced at up to 30% below the peak of 2008, offering buyers real opportunities. The Maresme continues to be a popular commuter area for both local and international residents, who tend to look for homes in towns nearer to Barcelona such as Alella, El Masnou, Vallromanes and Teià.
Lucas Fox Website Interest
In the first quarter of 2017 the majority of interest in Maresme properties on the Lucas Fox website was national, with 28.5% of visitors coming from Spain, showing a similar trend to the first quarter of 2016 when 29.6% of website visitors came from Spain. Interest from the United Kingdom (22.9%) and the United States (9.7%) continues to be strong, and there is increased interest from the Netherlands (7.2%) and Turkey (3.7%).
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