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Chinese property buyer’s guide in Spain

13 Jun
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Chinese property buyer’s guide in Spain

The 10 things you should know before buying your Spanish property!

We make it easy for you to buy your dream property in Spain thanks to our knowledge and our network of local partners.

How active are Chinese on the Spanish property market? What properties do they like? What are the most loved Spanish regions by Chinese? How much do they pay? Do they prefer new build properties or resale? Do they need a mortgage for financing? How should they buy? What are the 9 steps to buy a property in Spain?


First, let’s analyse the Second Home purchases by Chinese in Spain

Both foreigners and Spaniards are very active on the property market in Spain.

In 2018, foreigners bought close to 100.000 properties in Spain.

Spaniards and Foreigners are buying the highest number of properties in 2018 vs any year since the crisis of 2008, have a look at our chart: more than 570.000 properties were bought, 16% of the purchases by foreigners.

100,000 properties bought by foreigners in 2018. Why foreigners are so active in Spain?

We have listed at least 13 reasons why foreigners are buying properties in Spain. Of course, you’ll find sea, sun, beaches, nice quality of life… but investment return is important as we explain here: What return will you make on your Spanish Property in 2019?


How active are Chinese on the Spanish Real estate market? 4,600 properties bought in 2018

According to the “Consejo General del Notariado” in Spain, Chinese are buying 13 properties per day, or about 4,554 for the last 12 months up to December 2018, in Spain. It is nearly 4 times more than in 2008.


How much do they pay for their properties? €1,683 m²

The price they pay on average is €1,683 per square meter. They pay just a little bit more than other foreigners buying properties in Spain. Check the evolution over the last 12 years.



Of course, depending on the region, price paid by foreigners per square meter is changing a lot. The Balearic Islands is the most expensive region if you want to buy a second home in Spain. Another factor to take into account for the price is if the property is a new build property or a resale.


Real estate prices in Spain are not any more in crisis 

we have a stable and even growing market in many Spanish regions

If you want to know more about the property prices in all the Spanish cities, please check our Quarterly report on the Spanish property prices.

What are the most loved Spanish regions by Chinese?

Chinese love to buy in the two biggest Spanish Cities: Madrid and Barcelona. A reason for that, of course, most of Chinese buy their main home and not a Second Home. So they are in Spain for work and not for pleasure.

Where are foreigners buying in Spain? In which Regions, in Which Cities?

Foreigners are actively buying properties in many Spanish cities: for Alicante, Tenerife, Ibiza and Palma de Mallorca, Malaga and Girona, they represent more than one transaction out of 4.

Here are the most active regions

Here are the most active cities

If you want to read more on the subject: Which are the top 10 Spanish cities where foreigners are buying properties?

What properties do they like? 70m²

Most Chinese, 1 out of 3 buy properties between 60 and 80 square meters. It is nearly the same statistic for the surfaces between 80 and  100 meters.

Do Chinese prefer Spanish new build properties or resale? 83% Resale

17% of Chinese go for a new build property, 83% for a resale

Looking for a new build property? Discover the best new build projects available in Spain on our portal.

€ 640,000
3 beds 2 baths
€ 290,000
2 beds 2 baths
€ 346,000
3 beds 2 baths
€ 251,000
2 beds 2 baths
€ 315,000
2 beds 2 baths
€ 698,500
3 beds 3 baths
€ 295,000
3 beds 2 baths
€ 190,000
2 beds 2 baths
€ 365,000
2 beds 2 baths
€ 382,000
3 beds 2 baths
€ 730,000
3 beds 2 baths
€ 529,000
3 beds 2 baths
€ 319,000
2 beds 2 baths
€ 365,000
2 beds 2 baths
€ 375,000
3 beds 2 baths
€ 194,000
3 beds 3 baths
€ 404,000
2 beds 2 baths
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3 beds 2 baths
€ 349,000
3 beds 2 baths
€ 299,000
3 beds 3 baths
€ 530,000
3 beds 3 baths

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Looking for a resale? We have many local property finders ready to help.

Let’s have a look at the 6 reasons why a personal real estate shopper in Spain will be very helpful for your property search.

Do Chinese take a mortgage for their Home? €111,000

39% of the property purchases done by Chinese in Spain are done with a mortgage. For the transactions with a mortgage, the mortgage size is €110,685.

If you want to learn more on how to get the best mortgage deal, read our seminal paper: Your definitive guide to your Spanish mortgage rate: How to apply, how to get the best rates?

If you want to directly ask a free quote to our partner, don’t hesitate. Ask our partner a mortgage quote for a Spanish property.


Buying in Spain is easy, once you found your property, here are the 9 steps to your Spanish Property

1. Get your NIE “Número de Identificación de Extranjeros”, read our article on this: “Your ultimate guide to your NIE number“.

2. Find a lawyer speaking your language and Spanish: Looking for an property lawyer in Spain? Check all our partners here!


3. Open a Bank account, Need some currency hedging?

4. Do you need a mortgage? Your Spanish Mortgage: How to apply? How to get the best rates?

5. Sign the “contrato de Reserva”

6. Important checks of the property with experts

7. Get your mortgage confirmed

8. Sign the “contrato de Arras”

9. Go to the Notary for signing the contract for the purchase of the property

If you want to look at our detailed article: The 9 Steps before buying your Spanish property“.


How much does it cost to buy a property in Spain?

The short answer is 10% to 14% of the property value. Read our detailed article on that subject: What is the real cost of buying your Spanish Property?


How much does it cost to be an owner of a property in Spain?

The short answer is around 1% of the property value per year. Learn more in our detailed article: What is the real cost of owning your Spanish property?


Download our exclusive pdf report: Chinese property buyer’s guide in Spain: what are the ideal Spanish properties for the Dutch? Where do they buy? How much do they pay?

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