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British expats in Spain: Demand for second homes drops post-Brexit – ‘far less attractive’

Spain is likely one of the hottest locations for British expats. However whereas many retired Britons select to reside completely in Spain, others go for vacation properties.

Nonetheless, for the reason that Brexit transition interval ended, Britons can solely keep in Spain for 90 out of each 180 days.

This has affected some Britons, often known as ‘swallows’, who travelled to Spain for a number of months through the winter.

Underneath Brexit legal guidelines, they would want to have Spanish residency in the event that they wished to remain for over 90 days.

German consumers at the moment are the most important group of worldwide purchasers within the property market in Spain.

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Based on knowledge from Sede Registradores, Spain’s community of land registries, British consumers made 1,642 transactions within the third quarter of 2021.

That amounted to simply underneath 10 p.c of all international gross sales however demand was down by 47 p.c from 2019 figures.

Nick Ball, spokesperson for Atlantico Houses Property Brokers in Lanzarote, mentioned: “The most recent knowledge is definitely attention-grabbing however maybe not fairly as gloomy as you may count on.

“Brits who’ve chosen to reside in Spain after Brexit are nonetheless as lively within the property market as ever.

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“The British nonetheless stay the biggest international homeowners of property in Spain and the second largest consumers by nationality in 2021.

“Nonetheless, there isn’t a getting away from the truth that the UK’s withdrawal from the EU has resulted in quite a few modifications that make shopping for a vacation dwelling in Spain a far much less enticing proposition than it as soon as was.

“As homeowners can now spend 90 days out of each 180 at their place within the solar.”

He added that Britons who purchase a property as an funding now should pay 25 p.c extra tax on their earnings.

The Balearics are additionally a preferred alternative however costs are typically greater on the fascinating islands.

Current knowledge from property consultants idealista revealed that a few of Spain’s finest worth property is within the in style space of Alicante.

In the meantime Benidorm was not too long ago named probably the most ‘British’ city in Spain based mostly on the variety of expat residents and British bars and eating places.

Different ‘British’ areas had been named as Torrevieja, Fuengirola and Orihuela that are all in style vacation locations.


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