Infographic: Spain – At a Glance
The most popular area of Spain for property is the Community of Valencia, according to the latest At a Glance infographic from TheMoveChannel.com. The infographic, which is based upon the enquiries received by the property portal in the last 12 months, shows that buyers scour South-East Spain for real estate, with Valencia attracting 32.24 per cent of all enquiries.
Close behind is Andalucia, which received 30.84 per cent of Spanish property enquiries, followed by Murcia, which accounted for 19.04 per cent. These top three regions carve out a clear favourite corner for buyers, who look almost exclusively at homes for sale in the Costas: Costa Blanca, Costa Calida, Costa del Sol and Costa de la Luz all fall within the three regions, while Costa Brava is located in the other key popular area of Catalunia, which is ranked sixth.
The least popular areas are La Rioja and Cantabria, which saw zero enquiries across the 12 months, indicating an overwhelming focus on holiday homes near the coast rather than inland cities. Even the Community of Madrid, surrounding the country´s capital, received just 0.08 per cent of all enquiries, far behind that of rising tourist zone Galicia (0.52 per cent).
Buyers also search for sun and sand away from the mainland. Together, the Balearic Islands and Canary Islands accounted for over 12 per cent of Spanish real estate enquiries on the site. The Balearics alone received 5.13 per cent – more than the whole of northern Spain combined.
Denia, located in the popular Valencian Community, attracted the highest number of destination searches on the portal. Xabia received 3.8 per cent, with four of the top 10 destinations belonging to the Province of Alicante. Given the wider popularity of Spain´s island regions, the absence of the Canaries or Balearics from the top 10 suggests that buyers search for property by island as opposed to looking for specific cities.
The infographic also reveals the search behaviour of buyers on Google across the last 12 months. Users hunting for Spanish real estate tend to use general phrases, such as "property for sale in Spain", while the most commonly searched type of property is "houses for sale in Spain". Search activity peaks during the spring and summer months, but "apartments for sale in Spain" attract the most attention in the second half of the year, appearing in almost 1000 more searches from August to October than from February to April.
Editor Ivan Radford comments: "Spain: At a Glance continues our series of infographics by giving a new angle on another familiar property destination. While the popularity of the Spanish Costas is well-known, the contrasting lack of attention paid to property in areas away from the coast is quite striking to see.
"It´s also curious that searches for apartments increase during the last six months of the year. This could point to a surge in seller activity as well as a spike in buyer interest. Overall, the statistics are a reminder that even during the Eurozone crisis the traditional lifestyle buyer profile lives on."
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