Swedish demand surges as Brits’ Spanish property budget shrinks

Swedish demand for Spanish property is surging this year, as British buyers are shrinking their budgets.

The number of Swedish buyers looking to Spain as a second home destination has now doubled, according to the latest statistics from leading Spanish homebuilder Taylor Wimpey España.

Overall, the total year to date sales to Swedish nationals, as of September 2016, has increased by 100 per cent in comparison to last year’s figures.

The rise of the Swedes arrives as British buyers slightly lower their budgets. Indeed, according to Kyero.com, enquiries are falling on properties over €250,000 and increasing on homes costing €150,000 or less. Overall in September, 62 per cent of enquiries were for properties costing less than €150,000.

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España, which has operated successfully in Spain since 1958, has observed firsthand a rise in demand from both Swedish and Belgian buyers.

Indeed, over 220,000 Belgians visited Spanish shores in July this year alone (INE) and according to Taylor Wimpey España’s latest data, from January to September 2016, 22 per cent of their sales were from either Swedish or Belgian nationals.

“The past twelve months have seen a real boost in sales to North Europeans, especially Belgian and Swedish buyers. Easily accessible, with regular, direct, low cost flights from both nations, the Costa Blanca on Spain’s southeastern coast has become a hotspot for buyers in 2016,” he comments.


Holiday homes in Majorca from £160k:where to find unspoilt villages, white-washed townhouses and traditional fincas

The Spanish Balearic island of Majorca receives more than three million visitors each summer, though relatively few visit its north-east corner. Furthest from Majorca’s international airport and without the south-west’s enticing infrastructure and glamorous super yacht marinas, the north-east was more the preserve of in-the-know families from the Spanish mainland.

Reiner Fischer of Engel & Volkers adds: “The connections with Palma were not great but seven years ago a new road was built, bypassing many villages and putting the airport 45 minutes away rather than 80 minutes.”

Add in a soon-to-open new international school as part of the Rafa Nadal Academy in Manacor and the recently opened and striking five-star Park Hyatt Mallorca in Canyamel and the lifestyle in the north-east looks interesting.

The area stretches from Porto Cristo to Colònia Sant Pere and among its charms are many small harbours and five golf courses. Beautiful beaches, clean water, delightful historic towns and quiet, undeveloped countryside have attracted generations of Spanish families to buy local holiday homes.

Eight miles from Artà two- and three-bedroom new-build apartments in traditional Mediterranean design in the fishing village of Colònia de Sant Pere, start from £164,000 through Taylor Wimpey Espana. Bahia Sant Pere is a rural development surrounded by vines and almond groves and close to the protected sandy beach at Sa Canova.


Spanish Province Alicante Becomes The Third Best Province For Purchasing A Property In Spain

Coastal areas continue to lead the way in solidifying Spain’s property recovery and is taking the industry to new heights. Alicante is the third best province in the property purchases in Spain, as figures released by the School of Property Registrars have revealed that in Q2 2016, a total of 7,901 homes were purchased, which is an increase of 20.7% from the same period last year.

  • Alicante is the third best province for property purchases in Spain
  • In Q2 2016, a total of 7,906 properties were purchased in Alicante, which is an increase of 20.7% from the same period last year (School of Property Registrars)
  • Taylor Wimpey España launches new frontline development on the Costa Blanca

This is extremely positive news for the province and it is noted that the majority of these property purchases are concentrated in the coastal areas. Foreign investing purchasers make up to 50% of all of the buyers and it is therefore the perfect destination for those wanting a home to enjoy on the sun-kissed coast of Alicante.

Answering this growing demand, leading Spanish homebuilder, Taylor Wimpey España have just revealed details of their newest frontline development, Arenal Dream, situated in Javea, Alicante. Taylor Wimpey España are confident in the growing success of the Spanish property market and expect that there will be a continuation of this current positive trajectory. Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director, explains:

This newest report confirms our confidence in Spain’s real estate market and we believe that this growing interest in Spanish property will thrive. The start of the year has been incredibly encouraging and the positivity surrounding the market is attracting a wide range of international buyers. We are delighted to announce the launch of our latest project and I look forward to speaking with prospective buyers.



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Taylor Wimpey España:

“We have certainly experienced a growing interest in property on Mallorca as it becomes a prominent must-visit destination on the international stage. As popularity for the island continues to grow, we are determined to provide an array of high quality properties in locations that reflect the best of Mallorca’s culture as well as its coastline.”


Golf and Spanish property suit each other to a tee

To take advantage of golf’s growing influence upon the region’s international appeal, Taylor Wimpey España are teeing off a new addition to their Horizon Golf community. Situated in the Valley of Mijas, Horizon Golf is Taylor Wimpey de España’s second development at La Cala, introducing two and three bedroom apartments to the resort as well as luxurious penthouses.


Golfers go in search of the perfect pad close to the fairway

The prestigious Andalucian Open is returning to one of Europe’s most idyllic golfing destinations, the Costa del Sol, this September.

The event, held between 22nd and 25th September, is set to be broadcasted to over 100 countries and will see pro golfers Lydia Ko and Michele Wie go head to head. Having hosted over fifty tournaments in the last four decades, this region of Spain is more than prepared for the thousands of visitors due to attend this prestigious event.

As the Costa del Sol continues to host international events, the golfing prowess of the area is causing local property to become increasingly desirable to fans of the sport. The latest figures released by the Real Federación Espanola de Golf show that 68% of golf courses in Spain now have a direct or indirect link with a real estate development and it seems those situated on the Costa del Sol are firm favourites.

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey Espana believes golf properties are favourable with holiday home buyers and investors alike. He explains, “For fans of the sport, golf properties provide the idyllic base for any holiday or retirement plans with high quality facilities right on the doorstep. Buyers should consider properties near a golf course that is also considered a resort, offering an array of additional facilities to keep the non-golf players in the party equally as happy. Down on the Costa del Sol, also known as the ‘Costa del Golf’, the plentiful sunshine and dry, warm days allow for visits throughout every season or equally an exciting rental opportunity.”

Situated in the beautiful valley of Mijas, Horizon Golf is Taylor Wimpey de Espana’s second development at La Cala Resort within the complex’s famous Campo Asia golf course. With prices starting from €267,000+VAT, the private gated development offers 55 terraced homes, all with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a cloakroom, as well as 48 2 or 3 bedroom apartments.


Tourism’s flying in Alicante as highest number of international passengers recorded

Alicante-Elche Airport has surpassed its own records this summer. The number of passengers handled by the airport on international flights rose by 16.1% during H1 2016 to a record high.

Known as the gateway to the Costa Blanca and a hub for all those travelling to the east and south east of Spain, the airport’s increase in passenger numbers is no surprise. The area has proved a highly popular destination this summer and not only by holiday makers but also holiday home buyers.

According to the School of Property Registrars, in Q2 2016 a total of 7,901 homes were purchased in the province of Alicante. This is a 20.7% increase from the same period last year with half of the sales consisting of foreign investors buying a holiday home.

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director for leading Spanish homebuilder Taylor Wimpey Espana, which has operated successfully in Spain since 1958, has observed firsthand the rising demand for property in the Alicante region as tourists look for a more permanent holiday setting.

He comments, “The Costa Blanca has been popular with tourists for over half a century however we have noticed a surge of interest in recent months. The area has much to offer from the stunning Mediterranean coastline to the charming interior but now also boasts new leisure activities such as caving, climbing, hiking and diving, which is broadening its appeal. Indeed the sight of the large Boeing-787 Dreamliners carrying 320+ passengers now arriving at Alicante-Elche Airport just goes to show what a popular destination the Costa Blanca has become.”


August the most popular month to start a holiday home search reveals portal

For families with school-age children, August is the last chance to escape the daily grind and head off into Europe to catch some summer sun. It’s a month for long, dreamy days spent on the beach, fabulous al fresco meals with the sound of the sea in the background and catching up on everything from the latest bestselling novel to some much-needed sleep.

August is also the month to start turning those ‘wouldn’t it be nice to own a second home here’ dreams into reality, according to Spanish property portal .

August is the best month to take to the water in Alicante, with an average sea temperature of 26°C making swimming and splashing around in the shallows an enjoyable experience for the whole family. For those who can’t bear to leave the beach behind when their holiday ends, developer Taylor Wimpey España is offering south-facing, frontline apartments at Panorama Mar in Punta Prima, Torrevieja. With generous terraces and magnificent sea views, the apartments blend beautiful, spacious interiors with communal features such as three on-site swimming pools, children’s playground and landscaped gardens.