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The Costa del Sol is still the number one choice in Andalucía by a long way when it comes to attracting foreign property buyers.

Fotolia 114355057 S - Seven out of ten properties sold to foreigners in Andalucía are located in Málaga provinceBetween January and July this year, there were 4,978 registered real estate transactions to non-Spanish purchasers in Malaga province, an increase of 16.9% on the same period in 2015.

According to official Spanish government data, this accounts for 70% of the residential properties sold to foreigners throughout the whole of Andalucía.

On a regional level, the number of properties bought by foreigners in Andalucía increased by 18.9% in the first six months of this year. The 5,973 transactions in the same period in 2015 rose to 7,105 sales in 2016.
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Residential property sales in Spain increased by 23.6% in May year on year, the highest figures since January 2013, the latest official figures show.

house for sale in Sant Josep de Sa Talaia 300x225 - Residential sales in Spain record highest growth since January 2013The figures from the National Statistics Institute also show that home sales have now increased year on year for four months in a row. However, sales did fall back slightly from the year on year figure of 29% recorded in April.

The second hand market and, to a lesser extent, sales of new homes, were responsible for the May increase, up by 26.7% and 12% year on year respectively.

The data also shows that in the first five months of the year home sales increased by 15.8% compared with the same period of 2015, with second hand homes up 21.9% but new house sales down 3.4% over the five months.

Month on month sales growth has slowed. Compared with April sales in May 2016 were up by 3.5% but this was the lowest increase registered in this month in the past five years.
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Looking ahead to 2016 it looks as if the Spanish house market will continue to recover but the latest data shows it is still a rollercoaster and growth very much depends on location.

Madrid desde Callao1 208x300 - Spanish Property Market Recovery Set to Continue in 2016According to the latest figures from appraisal company Tinsa prices are still increasing with its latest index up by 1.9% in November year on year.

However, the increase is somewhat exaggerated by an unusual fall in prices last year and on a monthly basis prices were down a fraction compared to September.

The Tinsa index shows, however, that the recovery is broad based as house prices rose in all the areas covered. Prices in Barcelona and Madrid were up by 3%, coastal areas popular with overseas buyers saw price growth of 1.4% and the Balearic and Canary Islands 0.2%.

But the recovery still has some way to go as since the peak of the market house prices are still down 41.3% in general, and 48.2% on the coast.

The Balearic Island saw price growth of 0.9% followed by the Canary Islands up 0.5%, Andalucía up 0.3%, Navarra and Castilla-La Mancha both up 0.1%.
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Residential property sales in Spain increased in May to their highest level for three years, according to the latest official figures.

Mijas 300x199 - Property sales in Spain reach three year highBut there is an ongoing collapse in new home sales, the data from the National Institute of Statistics (INE) shows.

Overall there were 26,455 homes sale in May, up 5% on last year and 11% on the year before that. But a breakdown of the figures shows that the increase came from the resale market, up 34% over 12 months, whilst new home sales fell 42% to just over 6,000.

The overall picture is one of a recovery in demand for property in all areas where foreigners tend to buy, but with the market hamstring being a lack of attractive new homes for sale.

However this could be about to change. Demand is growing for new homes in Marbella, for example, and developers are building again.
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