Spanish Real Estate: The British Invasion and the Decline of German Buyers



Discover how the British are challenging the German dominance in the Spanish real estate market. Learn why more Brits are choosing to permanently relocate and establish their own properties, solidifying the UK's position as the leading foreign market for Spanish real estate.

The German and British battle for dominance in the Spanish property market has taken an interesting turn in light of the global pandemic. While the Germans emerged as the top group of Spanish second-home buyers from abroad initially, recent data suggests that the British market is now outperforming its German counterpart this year. Although more Germans are inclined to purchase holiday homes in Spain, the number of Brits who choose to relocate and reside permanently in their own properties has helped solidify the UK's position as the leading foreign market for Spanish real estate since records began.


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The most recent figures published by the land registrars association highlight a general decline in foreign demand during the second quarter. Surprisingly, the demand increased from Italy, largely attributed to Argentines with Italian passports seeking refuge from their economic collapse, as well as from Russia, Ukraine, and Poland, possibly due to the ongoing consequences of Ukraine war. However, Germany experienced a significant decline of 24% in property purchases compared to the UK's more modest decrease of 15%. While these numbers indicate a potential shift in market dynamics, it is important to note that the final verdict will only be delivered once the notaries release their half-yearly report on foreign demand in the coming weeks.

As we eagerly await the comprehensive report from the notaries, which will shed light on whether the Germans continue to hold the largest share of second-home buyers in the Spanish real estate market, it is clear that the British market is standing strong. Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, Brits seem undeterred in their pursuit of a Spanish dream home. This resilience and enduring demand are undoubtedly contributing factors to the UK's continued supremacy in the Spanish property market.

In conclusion, while the pandemic has witnessed the Germans momentarily surpassing the British as the top group of Spanish second-home buyers, the latest statistics indicate that the British market is demonstrating more resilience and stability. With their preference for permanent relocation and the allure of Spanish living, the British demand for Spanish properties remains steadfast. It will be fascinating to see how the market evolves in the coming months and whether the Germans can regain their previous position.

Spanish Real Estate: The British Invasion and the Decline of German Buyers

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