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Just over 4.5 million Britons live abroad, with approximately 1.3 million of them in Europe, according to the United Nations.

The top destinations for British expats in the European Union are Spain ...continue reading "Brexit: What does leaving the EU mean for expats?"

Spain ranks third as the preferred destination for global investors looking to relocate out of the UK and into other European countries, according to a new survey released on Tuesday by EY. The audit firm (formerly Ernst & Young) asked senior business executives representing firms with foreign investments in Europe about the impact of Brexit on their operations. And 14% of respondents said ...continue reading "Spain ranks third as Plan B for foreign investors fleeing Brexit"

The British community in Malaga has shrunk by one third in three years. The speed is due to several factors such as ageing, loss of spending power and fiscal pressure, but its rate is increasing, according to the latest figures regarding continual residence.
...continue reading "The British Costa exodus: loss of 5,000 people in a single year"

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The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union in June has not discouraged London-based property developers from investing in Spain. Among the companies looking to establish a presence along the Mediterranean are Round Hill Capital, which has chosen the Costa del Sol as its launch pad into Spain.

The group, set up by Michael Bickford, has opened offices in Madrid, where it is also looking to buy property, along with Barcelona and the western part of Malaga’s coastline. It has paid €30 million for a 50-hectare plot of land in Ojén, close to Marbella, from Sareb, the entity set up by the government in 2012 to absorb the toxic assets of the country’s banks. It intends to build 600 luxury apartments there. Palo Alto will be the first major property development in the area since 2008, when the country’s real estate sector crashed.

With a total investment of €250 million, Palo Alto is planned in 10 phases, with work on 75 properties to begin early in the New Year. Ojén’s local council has approved construction and other permits in less than two months.
...continue reading "British developers lead the revival of Costa del Sol’s property sector despite the Brexit"

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The number of homes in Spain sold to British buyers has slumped since the Brexit vote and the fall in the value of the pound.

villa-in-morairaSales in the third quarter of this year declined 16% after steadily increasing since 2011. Last year the strong pound led British buyers to purchase almost 10,000 Spanish properties, up 42% on 2014, giving them a 21% share of the number of homes acquired by international buyers.

No other nationality buys as much property in Spain as the British, and in recent years they have made a significant contribution to the recovery of the Spanish property market.

About 28% of holiday homes on the Costa del Sol are sold to Britons and 26% on the Costa Blanca. They also dominate the sales of holiday homes in Murcia, the Canary Islands and the Balearics.
...continue reading "Brexit vote dents British demand for Spanish property"