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The purchase of homes by foreigners in the Basque Country falls by 8.5% in 2023

Mairenis Gomez

April 18, 2024 | 2:00 p.m.

Impact and causes of the decline in foreign real estate investment in the Basque Country

In 2023, Euskadi experienced a notable decrease of 8,5% in home buying by foreigners, a phenomenon that reflects broader trends observed at the national level but with specific regional particularities. This decline is significant, given that historically, foreign buyers have played a crucial role in the region's real estate market. At the level of the Spanish State, the purchase of homes by foreigners It also fell by 7%, which underlines a decreasing trend in foreign demand.

The fall in foreign demand during the second semester and its impact on the market

The second half of the year marked an even steeper decline, with a 10% reduction in real estate transactions carried out by foreigners. This decrease is even more notable among non-residents, who registered a 13,6% decrease in their purchases and sales. This trend suggests a change in foreign investor behavior, possibly influenced by global economic factors or changes in local policies. Resident foreigners, although they also decreased their purchases by 7% compared to the previous year, continue to represent a significant part of the market, carrying out more than half of the transactions.

Regional comparison and the leadership of the British in the purchase of homes

Furthermore, at the level of autonomous communities, the drop in home purchases by foreigners was not uniform. While some regions such as the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands saw decreases that exceeded 20%, others, such as Asturias, experienced significant increases. This may indicate variations in the attractiveness of different regions to foreign investors, depending on factors such as economic stability, real estate supply and the political climate.

Regarding the nationality of theAmong buyers, the British continue to lead, being responsible for 9,7% of total home purchase transactions by foreigners in Spain during the second half of the year. This data is crucial because it underlines the persistent attraction of Spain for certain markets, despite the general downward trend.

The Basque Country experienced a notable decrease of 8,5% in the purchase of homes by foreigners

Implications for the future of the real estate market in Euskadi

This panorama presents both challenges and opportunities for Euskadi. The decrease in foreign demand could put downward pressure on real estate prices in the short term, which could be taken advantage of by local buyers. However, it is also a call to review and potentially adapt market strategies to revive the interest of foreign investors, possibly through incentives or improving accessibility and financing conditions.

Ultimately, Although the decrease in home purchases by foreigners in the Basque Country is a challenge, also offers an opportunity to recalibrate and strengthen the region's real estate market, ensuring it remains attractive and accessible to both domestic and international investors.

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