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House prices in Spain after coronavirus

Last updated on April 15th, 2020 at 11:38 am.

How will house prices in Spain be affected?

At the moment it may not be at the top of your agenda. The extent of the pandemic has taken most of us by surprise. However, we are now seeing a glimmer of hope in the newsreels. Some countries are looking towards relaxing their measures and after this current period of lockdown we expect that Spain will soon follow suit. So what can we expect from the Spanish housing market when this is over and will house prices in Spain go up or down?

The property site idealista suggests that in the short and medium-term there could be a drop in house prices in Spain from anything between 9% to 20%. However, the predictions are that the impact will not continue for as long as that following the recession of 2008. For some, investing in property during uncertain times is a better alternative than trusting in some other investment options that can be more prone to fluctuation.

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A retrospective look

Throughout this pandemic, references have been made to the crash in 2008. There are, of course, many differences. However, the impact on the economy, we are pretty, sure will be significant in most countries and Spain is no exception. The months after we creep back into shared spaces will see people having to dig deep into their reserves financially. That, of course, is if they have them.

The Spanish government is keen to ensure that no one is left destitute as a result of the measures they have had to take. Numerous plans are in place to provide a minimum income for everyone and to enable businesses to stay afloat. This aside, however well these measures work we can expect to see a drop in confidence and some businesses will find it impossible to recover. As such, we can expect the construction industry to have a set back and house prices in Spain could fall because of this too.

For those who are wanting to sell, this is not perhaps the best time to do it. Sellers will have to drop their asking price and even then there may simply not be the people out there buying. We could see something approaching this in the coming months.

A good time to buy

Of course, this means then that it is a good time to buy. If you do have the capital and owning a property in Spain has always been your dream then 2020 could be a golden year to do it. If you are British there are added incentives for completing before the end of December. We know what the requirements are for people at the moment but the future, post January 2021, is less certain.

It can also be a good time to change property in Spain. The price of your existing property may be down, if house prices in Spain have fallen, but at least you will be able to buy for a reduced amount too. Of course, this is dependent on finding a buyer. This applies whether you are considering upsizing or downsizing.

If you are a potential investor, looking for something that will give you a return in the future, then buying a Spanish property while house prices are low should be on your list of possibilities. It is likely that there will be low interest rates for some time and anyone who does have money to spare should consider alternative means of investing it. Buying Spanish property could well be one. The rental market is strong and now is the time to snap up bargains which could prove to be attractive to rent in the future.

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Our advice

At the moment it’s to stay safe and follow the advice that your country is giving you. However, there is no harm in taking a little look online at what’s available and our customer care department, working safely at home, are more than happy to answer any questions you may have either online or by phone.

At some point this tragic and challenging period in our lives will be over. With reduced house prices in Spain this could offer a brighter future for potential buyers.

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Steven Safirstein

1 January, 2020 9:23 pm

Please send me listings of houses for sale between Malaga and Maebella

Oscar Paoli

2 January, 2020 9:17 am

Hi Steven,

Sorry, unfortunately we are not a Real Estate Agency, we are a Legal and Tax Advisor in Spain. We recommend you contact a local Estate Agent in your area.

With kind regards,

Ábaco Advisers

Colin Angus

28 April, 2020 6:33 pm

In your list of towns Catral, Dolores. Torrevieja, Valencian Region, are not listed so I cannot complete your “Contact Us” form.
My name is Colin Angus. I live in Catral, want to buy another property in Catral, CASH. I need some impartial advice.
Phone; 865758129.
Thank you.

Oscar Paoli

29 April, 2020 8:08 am

Hi Colins,
We will have someone from our Customer Care Department to contact you as soon as possible.
Best wishes,
Ábaco Advisers


7 May, 2020 1:09 pm

Are you familiar with establishing a purchase group of in construction projects,i.e. unfinished building projects?

Oscar Paoli

7 May, 2020 11:00 pm

We would have to look into the specific case. If interested in more information please contact us at to speak directly to our legal department who will be able to guide you properly.
With kind regards,
Ábaco Advisers

Martin Burton

19 May, 2020 6:13 pm

Dear Sir or madam
I am looking for land for sale in Spain..can pay in cash upto €10 000 nie & bank account with bankia ..can you help ?
Martin Burton

Oscar Paoli

19 May, 2020 9:53 pm

Dear Mr. Burton,
We do not sell land but we are happy to guide you in the process should you wish.
Please contact us at
Kind regards,
Ábaco Advisers

Michael currie

23 June, 2020 9:20 am

I am interested in buying a property in Spain, but not in a bustling tourist location. I want a smallish town,a traditional property but I simply don’t know where to look. Loads to choose from in the busy spots but very few featured in the more rural smaller towns with markets and traditional crafts etc.

Oscar Paoli

23 June, 2020 11:09 am

Hi Michael,
Should you need any assistance in the buying process please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any queries.
You may contact us at or call us at 0034 966 703 748.
With kind regards,
Ábaco Advisers


4 August, 2020 8:59 am

I wish to sell my small piece of land In Chiclana but cannot travel to Spain to Sign documents. Is there a way around this?
I have a friend there who I trust

Oscar Paoli

4 August, 2020 9:28 pm

Hi Brian,
Yes, of course. You can give your friend a Power of Attorney so he can act in your behalf in the sale of your property in Chiclana. The Power of Attorney can be signed in your home country.
This article might be of assistance to you:

With kind regards,
Ábaco Advisers

David Lafferty

19 August, 2020 2:24 pm

Hi Caroline, subject to our flights not being cancelled we are going to Ciudad Quesada (Alicante Region) next month to view quite a few houses around €300,000 Euro as we want to move to Spain before Brexit.
I have done my homework, when these houses were first posted on the internet, some from 3 months to over 18 months, so here is my question.

I was thinking of offering 15% to 20% below the asking price.
What’s your opinion, is this a good percentage or an insult to the owners ?

Oscar Paoli

21 August, 2020 9:05 am

Hi David,
Caroline is out of the office but will be back on Monday. We have forwarded your message to her and she will contact you as soon as possible next week.
With kind regards,
Ábaco Advisers


2 January, 2021 10:43 pm

I wish to live in Spain. I am 64 years old, and selling my property in UK for £300.000. No mortgage. I wish to buy a townhouse for 120.000 euros, + 13% costs and tax. This will leave me with a substantial bank account, to support myself, until my uk state pension starts in less than two years. How will Brexit affect my chances of gaining residency in Spain ?..

Oscar Paoli

5 January, 2021 10:13 am

Hi David,
Unfortunately we still have no official information regarding these changes so we can not give you a concrete answer yet.
Sorry for the inconvenience caused.
With kind regards,
Ábaco Advisers