España second home:
Like many businesses right now, leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España is getting to grips with the new version of normal that is evolving all around us. Spain is partway through a phased easing of lockdown restrictions and is now able to look ahead to the summer season that is so vital to its economy.
For Taylor Wimpey España, that has meant opening show homes and welcoming back potential buyers, albeit with strict rules in place around how viewings work. When Spain’s travel restrictions lift on July 1, the company is expecting a surge in interest as visitors from overseas can once more view its properties.
“We’re expecting quite a busy couple of months, thanks to the pent-up demand that will be released when the travel restrictions end. Many buyers now have different priorities in mind. The open-air pursuits of the Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca and Mallorca – golf, the beach, al fresco dining – are all suddenly vastly more attractive, as is owning a home in the sunshine with decent outdoor terraces or gardens.”
While the Spanish government initially said that it would not reopen the country’s borders until July 1, the islands of Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza are going to open earlier – from 15 June – in order to test new coronavirus protocols.
Meanwhile, the Costa del Sol is gearing up to make the most of a very different kind of summer season than it is used to. Francisco Salado, President of Costa del Sol Tourism and Planning, recently expressed his optimism regarding a rise in the number of Spaniards looking to visit Andalucia, as well as a spike in interest from overseas tourists.