Top tips for Spanish property buyers
In recent weeks we have extensively covered the impact of Covid-19 on British buyers in Spain, including how buying with a Spanish mortgage could help and how purchasers can push ahead with their second home dreams despite the ongoing pandemic.
Here, to offer further expert guidance, we speak to Taylor Wimpey España.
Interest high despite the ongoing crisis
“Uncertainty is now the main word in this exceptional situation,” “We do not know when and how this alarming situation will finish. It depends on the government and the World Health Organisation.”
But he says interest from overseas investors in Spanish property is still very much there.
“We are still receiving leads from people interested in Taylor Wimpey España properties in all areas,” he claims. “We are attending to them online and by phone and will book appointments once people can move and travel freely once more.”
Interestingly, the firm has noticed some distinct opportunities as a result of the lockdown. “Many people are dreaming of homes with terraces, larger properties, communal facilities, reliable WiFi…and they would like to travel and buy abroad”
Will it take a long while for things in Spain to get back to normal, given how bad the impact has been in the country?
“Our forecast is that it will take one year for the Spanish tourism industry to return to its pre-coronavirus state. Tourism accounts for 15% of Spain’s total GDP and keeps many people in work. The country will be working as one to recover from this situation ASAP.”
But can things ever really be the same again, given the severity of the pandemic and its impact on all parts of life? “We need to be patient and work hard together,” Pritchard says. “Spain’s attractions will be there forever: 300 days of sunshine per year, sports facilities, beaches, golf courses, gastronomy, lifestyle, etc.”
He says Taylor Wimpey España has been working in Spain for over 60 years, suffering through and surviving the 2008 crisis. “We are now facing unprecedented market conditions,” he admits, but says: “We will still be here when the crisis ends, helping to support things to return to normal so far as possible.”