Falling asking prices in Spain could encourage British buyers despite Brexit

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There are signs that British buyers are still keen on buying property in Spain but those selling are likely to be more successful if they lower their asking price. Agents are reporting continued interest in the Spanish property market from British buyers despite the decision to leave the European Union. This is coming from holiday home buyers and those considering moving to Spain to live. But the latest index suggests that sellers in Spain are having to be realistic about the price their property is likely to achieve outside a few popular areas. Data from the latest asking price index from Idealista shows they fell national by 3.1% in June year on year. Month on month asking prices fell 1.4% to their lowest level since the economic downturn despite rising briefly at the beginning of the year. But there are substantial regional differences. Whist the national average index continues to fall, some areas are already recovering. Idealista point out that prices in some big cities and areas on the coast have risen substantially since bottoming out, led by Barcelona with growth of 19.5%, Madrid up 6.4% and Valencia up 6.1%. There is effectively a two speed recovery in the Spanish market, according to Fernando Encinar, head of research at Idealista. He explained that prices continue to fall in inland locations but rise in popular coastal spots such as the Costa del Sol and cities such as Madrid and Barcelona. On a quarterly basis asking prices rose the most in the second quarter of the year in Malaga with an increase of 1.5%, up by 0.8% in the Costa Blanca and up 0.8% also in Tenerife and the Canary Islands. Real estate agents believe this could attract more foreign buyers. Lucas Fox International said it has seen a rise in enquiries from British based buyers since the vote to leave the European Union. Some disillusioned with the referendum result and considering a move to Spain, in particular to the key cities of Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia, where there are job opportunities and the local economy is rapidly recovering. A report last week claimed that the number of British citizens looking to move abroad had increased by 30% with Spain being the third most sought-after destination after Australia and Canada. Another study by the London School of Economics suggested that around 10% of 18 to 25 year olds who voted to stay in the EU are now considering a move abroad. An example is Sebastian King, a 22 year old living in the South of England working in financial services. He contacted Lucas Fox just a few days after the result. ‘I have been looking to move to Valencia for a year or so now but the Brexit result made me want to get a move on,’ he said. ‘For me Valencia has it all, the climate, it's exciting, full of history and culture as well as having a beach. Overall, I think Spain has lots of… Taylor Scott International

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