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Thursday, 11 March 2010

European and Spanish Hotspots back in Vogue for British Real Estate Buyers Rather than far flung destinations


GoldAcre Estates the Canary Islands and Greece specialists stated that they have started to see a significant increase in enquiries from the internet, with the Greece business seeing an increase in the numbers particularly in Crete.

This seems to be to be a trend that seems to be supported by a recent report by Global Edge and Savills International via the Global Edge website GlobalEdge.co.uk

The Canary Islands has long since been a favorite with the British and European buyer famed for its mild winter climate and laid back lifestyle, recent economic factors and adjustments in prices in Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria have been a factor in their return to favour, but according to a survey of 1200 second home owners by Savills International British overseas home buyers are reverting back to more traditional second home destinations,.During the overseas property boom, the proportion of Brits buying outside of Western Europe grew significantly as buyers became motivated by the potential for capital gains. However, since the market turned in September 2008, buyers have returned to the traditional favourites of Spain, France, Portugal and Italy.β€œIn 2010, the overseas second home market will be characterised by cash-rich, lifestyle buyers benefiting from lower prices in traditional, established holiday home hotspots.” Says Charles Weston-Baker, Head of Savills International.The survey data also confirms that 2009 was one of the worst years for the industry. 70% of respondents invested in overseas property between 2003 and 2008 but just 2% had in 2009.Rebecca Gill, research analyst at Savills International comments. β€œWhilst UK overseas home ownership has doubled since 2001 recent global recessionary trends have seen take-up levels dramatically slow. Factors such as fewer overseas holidays, reduced leisure spend capacity and financing availability, unfavourable exchange rates and declining house prices have impacted second home purchasing activity.”
20 % Of existing owners plan more purchases
The positive news is that a fifth of respondents said they are considering or planning additional holiday home purchases in the future. The top ten destinations being considered were France, Spain, Portugal, the US, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Morocco, Brazil and Turkey.However, further property price falls, better mortgage availability and a strengthening of sterling against the Euro are all necessary conditions before we see the market return to anywhere near the transaction volumes of 2007.

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