Sales of new homes in Madrid and Barcelona are at their highest level since the property crash, according to leading real estate agency Lucas Fox. The company’s latest Market Report shows record number of sales of new homes, accounting for 50% of the agency’s total sales in Madrid and Barcelona.
The number of sales transaction across all Lucas Fox’s offices in Spain increased by 39%. The average price of a home sold by the company during 2017 was €830,000, up from €730,000 in 2016, an increase of 14%.
2017 saw the Lucas Fox Madrid office enjoy its most successful year to date with overall sales up by 92%. Lucas Fox Valencia sales were up by 86% on 2016. Despite the uncertainty caused by the political situation towards the end of the year, sales of homes by Lucas Fox’s Barcelona office went up by 24%.
International buyers accounted for 66% of all Lucas Fox sales in 2017, more or less on a par with 2016. UK buyers accounted for 10% of sales and US buyers accounted for 8% of sales, up from 5% on the previous year. Buyers from Scandinavia, the Middle East and Asia were also active in 2017.
Just over a third (34%) of Lucas Fox buyers purchased property as a secondary residence with 28% of buyers purchasing as a primary residence. The same proportion (28%) of Lucas Fox buyers chose to purchase as an investment in 2017, up from 22% in 2016.
“Falling unemployment, low interest rates and a strong economy have all contributed to the growth in the Spanish property market,” comments Lucas Fox Head of Operations Rod Jamieson. “Official figures now indicate that the market has recovered from the crash of 2008 with transactions reaching pre-crisis levels in some areas. Overall prices, however, remain below the levels of 2007, offering attractive opportunities for investors across the whole of Spain.”
In a bid to meet the growing demand for new homes, Lucas Fox Madrid recently launched a brand new promotion in General Martínez Campos 19, twenty-seven newly renovated luxury residences in the desirable Chamberí district with a pool, gym, terraces and parking. In Barcelona Casa Burés and Girona Apartments are also catering for the demand for centrally located, high-end homes with historical features, which particularly appeal to international buyers.
With Barcelona and Madrid continuing to show positive data for new homes growth in 2017, Lucas Fox is predicting growth in areas such as Valencia and Girona Province (which includes the Costa Brava) during the coming months and years.
“We expect that 2018 will prove to be a pivotal year for New Developments on the Costa Brava,” comments Lucas Fox Partner Tom Maidment. “2017 saw a 25% year-on-year increase in New Development sales in Girona Province and we would expect this figure to increase significantly in the next couple of years as developers and investors look to take advantage of market conditions and develop their assets in the region. Despite recent increases in the construction and sale of new-build properties, we are still a long way off the levels during the peak of the market in 2007. In common with other resort areas the recovery of the Costa Brava property market is still some way behind the city markets.”
Cala S’Alguer Apartaments in Palamós on the Costa Brava was launched earlier in 2017 and 70% of the units available in the initial launch phase have already been sold.
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