In 2016, real estate investments in Spain amounted to 14,000 million euros, so an increase compared to the previous year was by 5%. These facts were presented in a new report from the real estate consultancy Forcadell. The main focus of the collection of statistics was on the real estate markets of Madrid and Barcelona and the company has ensured that the positive data of the years 2015 and 2016 present strong arguments to expect that this type of economic activity will continue to grow and, moreover, will be stabilized over the next two years.
A series of global events, both political and social, in turn, influenced the growth of real estate investment in Spain. Namely, such as Brexit, the terrorist attacks in Paris, or the election of Donald Trump to the post of President of the United States, became a major boost for the largest international investment funds and other participants in the real estate market to turn their attention to Southern Europe during the past year. Spain, in this case, was the preferred option due to its gradual recovery of the economy, which is currently quite difficult to find elsewhere in the Old Continent.
In addition, the published report also notes that future investors in the real estate sector in Barcelona and Madrid, where most of the proposals for real estate are concentrated, are likely to come from Africa and that number could reach even 1 % of the millionaires that inhabit this continent. To date, the majority of investors in the real estate sector in Madrid, according to the same study, come from Central and South America, while citizens of Asia and Europe prefer and opt largely for real estate in Barcelona.
The conclusions of the experts of the study published, however, warn that Barcelona and Madrid are beginning to be saturated with the money invested in their buildings and immobile properties. That is why the company Forcadell anticipates the positive development of the real estate market in these two cities, but points to an important fact: the need to pay special attention to its development during the next years 2017 and 2018, as there is a risk of saturation of the real estate market of Barcelona and Madrid. At the same time, many market participants, such as insurance companies and institutional funds, are increasingly interested in investing in properties in Barcelona because of their low risk.