The Spanish Real Estate Market in 2022: A Promising Recovery

CEO Khai Intela
Spain, one of the countries hit hardest by the pandemic, is bouncing back, and the real estate market is showing signs of recovery. The good news is that the bounce-back is not too fast, allowing...

Spain, one of the countries hit hardest by the pandemic, is bouncing back, and the real estate market is showing signs of recovery. The good news is that the bounce-back is not too fast, allowing for stability and sustainable growth. According to the National Statistic Institute (INE), house prices in Spain increased by 4.2% year on year up to the end of the third quarter of last year. Although this growth rate is slower than France or Portugal, it is still respectable.

Even in the fourth quarter, the trend continued, with the association of property valuers, TINSA, reporting a continued increase in house prices. Interestingly, resales in Spain have seen slightly higher price growth than new builds, signaling a healthy market. Transaction volumes have doubled since 2020, surpassing the quarter average of 150,000 transactions that has remained stable since 2017. However, foreign buyers' participation in the market was below normal levels during this period.

In the third quarter, the Balearic Islands, Andalucia, and Murcia stood out as the hot spots with notable price increases. Ceuta and Melilla, both located in Africa and part of the EU, also experienced buoyant property markets. On the other hand, Catalunya, Asturias, and the Basque Country saw more modest price rises, while Madrid and Barcelona gave up their price leadership, possibly due to their pre-pandemic market saturation.

Looking ahead to 2022, the Spanish economy has shown a strong recovery with an overall 3.4% year-on-year growth in the third quarter. Economic forecasts have been revised upwards following this positive performance. House prices seem to be rising in line with economic growth, and real estate prices, in general, are still below the levels seen in 2007.

Furthermore, Spanish households now have a good cushion of savings, which is higher than it was before the pandemic. This financial stability indicates a sustainable market. Comparing the current situation with the pre-2007 crisis, when the average Spanish household spent 46% of its income on housing, the current figure of 30% to 32% is significantly lower. As long as housing remains affordable, the risk of a housing bubble appears to be minimal.

The rise in the market has been broad-based and derived mainly from domestic demand rather than foreign buyers. This diversification across the country, combined with a reduction in UK buyers due to Brexit, has helped to create a stable and sustainable market. Moreover, the rate of new development remains moderate at around 100,000 new dwellings per year, far lower than the excessive levels seen in 2006 before the credit crunch. Therefore, the factors that led to the economic spiral in 2007 are not currently present.

Interestingly, smaller cities in Spain have gained popularity, and their property prices are on the rise. Cities like Malaga, Tarragona, Huelva, and Cadiz are now attracting lively interest. Madrid and Barcelona, once the leaders, have lost some of their appeal. The pandemic has prompted urban professionals, self-employed individuals, and business owners to adopt teleworking, leading them to seek properties outside the big cities for more space and a better quality of life.

In terms of property preferences, "pile 'em high - sell 'em cheap" apartments are no longer in fashion, whether in big cities or tourist resorts. Older, smaller apartments without adequate amenities are challenging to sell. On the other hand, apartments with terraces or balconies, access to private gardens, and villas with spacious gardens and pools are highly sought after. The standard of finish is also an important consideration, not only in the luxury market.

For those looking for good investment opportunities or bargains, second-tier towns offering quality properties at reasonable prices are recommended for long-term investments. Valencia, although not a second-tier city, also presents interesting opportunities due to its potential benefits from Barcelona's dynamism. Prices in the suburbs of Valencia are lower compared to the city itself. However, caution is advised since different areas within the city may have varying property price trends.

In Andalucia, Estepona and other major resorts are experiencing high demand, but there is notable price variation between different towns. If beach life is not a priority, exploring inland areas to find rural properties or considering cities like Cordoba, Huelva, or Jaen could be worthwhile. It is important to be cautious when considering properties that require extensive renovation or modernization, as prices for construction and contracting services have risen significantly in Valencia and most coastal areas.

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In conclusion, the Spanish real estate market is on a positive trajectory in 2022. With a steady recovery, sustainable growth, and favorable market conditions, Spain continues to be an attractive destination for property buyers. By considering second-tier towns, exploring emerging areas, and focusing on quality properties, investors can find promising opportunities in this recovering market. Properstar is your reliable partner, ensuring a smooth and informed journey towards finding your ideal property in Spain.

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