Spains new Property Visa gives hope to buyers who want to become residents

Investment specialists happen to be forecasting an increase in the Spanish real estate sector with the country’s innovative residency investment visa set to draw in many prospective buyers from outside of the EU.

The long anticipated legal guidelines allowing non-EU nationals instant Spanish residency through property investments has formally been made legislation, opening up the property market to a huge number of prospective buyers investing a minimum of €500,000.

While typical buyers are actually the British, Dutch and the Germans, this may change with real estate agencies confirming an increase in interest from potential buyers mainly from the Russia the Middle East and China. These nationalities have been snapping up homes in anticipation of the new legislation which is retrospective enabling all those who have already purchased to benefit through the residency privileges which permit them to remain in Spain for twelve months in contrast to the current ninety days and a further residency permit which is renewable every two years.

By investing a minimum of 500.000 Euros you can now get residency status

Don’t be surprised to see an upsurge in product sales activity specifically in well-liked locations on the Mediterranean coast. All of us welcome the reality that the latest residency investment visa is approved by parliament and become law without any changes to the first proposal. We can assume the new law may have a very good beneficial influence on the Spanish property marketplace, boosting the amount of purchases and progressively resulting in more new property developments particularly directed at residency investors.

Taylor Wimpey España has noticed how the nationalities of prospective buyers have adjusted pending the new visa. ‘For more than 50 years, we at Taylor Wimpey España have mainly been marketing high-quality second residences across Spain to Europeans with the United kingdom, Germans and Scandinavians the biggest clients. Everything is changing though and quickly. Throughout the last year we have sold real estate to customers from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Jordan as well as Morocco in North Africa.

He has discovered that with regards to location, the most preferred area is the Costa del Sol. Recognized internationally as a European hotspot for glitz and elegance, it continues to be the destination for many and it has become a real magnate for smart Middle Eastern investors.

The holiday resort town of Marbella particularly, has constantly worked on a unique plane to the remainder of Spain. From top notch nightclubs of Puerto Banús to the Saudi Royal Family’s look-alike of the White House, affluent Middle Eastern buyers have already been moulding Marbella inside their own image for many years.

‘The sale of Spanish real estate to Middle Eastern buyers that can obtain residency could possibly pull in unknown extra income to the state. Our nearby neighbours in Portugal have experienced a real pick up within the property marketplace as a result of the governments move and we anticipate locations like Marbella, perfect for high-end clients, to benefit from the added migration.

However, not all the parts of Spain may reap the benefits. For instance Chris Mercer, director of Murcia based Mercers, said that even though the new visa is great news, in his area it might happen to be better if the limit was reduced at a more modest €250,000 to €350,000 in order to open up to even more prospective buyers.

‘Nonetheless I believe it must be a good step and will really encourage inward investment, particularly when selling prices are really attractive. Nevertheless at Mercers we definitely do not have a lot of properties to offer as typical price ranges tend to be less than €500,000 within this part of Spain. It’s improbable for that reason to have an effect on us,’ he stated.

Daniel Chavarria Waschke, managing director of Mallorca and Ibiza Sotheby’s International Realty, is not really confident exactly what affect it’s going to have on the Balearic Islands. ‘In Mallorca and Ibiza we do not currently have a lot of potential buyers coming from outside the EU i will be pleasantly surprised if, resulting from the new law, we all of a sudden start bringing in a lot of buyers beyond our typical target market,’ he explained.

‘However, the €500,000 limit does entirely match our clients as it is company policy in Mallorca to exclusively market villas valued above €2 million and apartments above €1 million, whilst in Ibiza the bar is placed at villas over €1.5 million and apartments over €500,000. Consequently our complete portfolio satisfies the requirements established for the visa scheme,’ he stated.

The visa is set to improve the prime property market in Spain as outlined by Knight Frank. Its most recent residential information review states that prime markets are on a more solid footing with some more well-off second residence hot spots revealing price growth the first time since the beginning of the global financial crisis.

Based on the Knight Frank article Mallorca, Ibiza and Barcelona are in the lead plus its anticipated that investors from Asia and the Middle East particularly will shore up a few of Spain’s more oversupplied marketplaces resulting from the investor visa.

‘The future for Spain’s luxurious housing sector is strengthening. Both the amount of enquiries and agreed sales have improved in the first half of 2013. Spain’s prime market segments tend to be appealing to a much wider variety of global clients that have the confidence and financing in position to invest. Buyers formerly searching in adjoining European countries can find value in Spain and in particular the Balearics once again,’ the article says.