The Germans are buying 23 properties per day in Spain. Where do they buy? What do they like?

31 Jan
2019

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Let’s analyse the Second Home purchases by Germans in Spain

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How active are the Germans? What properties do they like? What are the most loved Spanish regions by the Germans? How much do they pay? Do they prefer new build properties or resale? Do they need a mortgage for financing?

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.

Read our most recent article about that: Who are the foreigners buying real estate in Spain?

How active are the Germans on the Spanish Real estate market? How much do they pay for their properties?

According to the “Consejo General del Notariado” in Spain, the Germans are buying 23 properties per day, or about 8.168 for the last 12 months up to June 2018, in Spain. It is nearly 8 times more than in 2008. The price they pay on average is €2.065 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 factor to take into account for the price is if the property is a new build property or a resale.

Here is the price evolution for a square meter in all the different Spanish Regions:

What are the most loved Spanish regions by the Germans?

Germans love to buy in the Spanish Islands: The Balearic Islands is the first region by far where the Germans are buying properties. Second is the Canary Islands and after that we find the other “classic regions” where foreigners love to buy properties: the Valencian Community and Andalusia.

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?

Most of the Germans, 1 out of 3 buy properties bigger than 100 square meters. One out of 5 are buying properties between 80 and 100 square meters. The same statistic is valid for the surfaces between 60 and  80 meters. If you compare those numbers with other nationalities, Germans do buy bigger second homes in Spain than other foreigners.

Do Germans prefer Spanish new build properties or resale?

One out of four German is buying a New build property in Spain. Actually, 16% of the Germans go for a new build property.

Do Germans take a mortgage for their Second Home?

Only 10% of the property purchases done by Germans in Spain are done with a mortgage. For the transactions with a mortgage, the mortgage size is 234.100 EUR.

Download our pdf report: What are the ideal Spanish properties for Germans? Where do they buy? How much do they pay?

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Stéphane 

Senior Analyst and Strategist at HTBIS

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