Elix Vintage Acquires Two Buildings in Madrid

14 October 2019 Elix Vintage, a socimi controlled by the investment firms KKR and Altamar, has acquired two residential buildings, both currently leased, located on the Fomento and Ave María streets in Madrid.

Elix Vintage paid 8.425 million euros for the two assets and will invest more in renovations.

Original Story: Expansión – Rocío Ruiz/ Marisa Anglés

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

The Lack of a Spanish Government Halts Aena’s Real Estate Ambitions

14 October 2019 The airport operator Aena has yet to get approval to go ahead with construction on two residential developments around Madrid-Barajas and Barcelona-El Prat due to the lack of a political agreement to form a new Spanish government. The firm had hoped to start the works in Madrid and Barcelona this year. However, the plots of land are still untouched.

Aena’s project in Madrid will occupy around 200,000 square meters of land in a total investment forecast at €2.997 billion over the next 40 years. Existing plans divide the space into four areas: a logistics hub, airport services, an aeronautical maintenance centre and leisure areas.

In Barcelona, ​​the 300,000 square meter area will have a total investment of €1.264 billion. The project will try to attract technology companies and logistics platforms as well as hotels, restaurants and offices to service the airport.

Funds that invest in the airport operator have been pushing the government to install an independent CEO, separate from any governmental changes, to facilitate work.

Original Story: Economía Digital – Carles Huguet

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Andalusian Government to Sell Former Post Office Building in Málaga

14 October 2019 The former Post Office building in Málaga will finally go on sale after a decade vacant, as the Andalusian government has approved its sale after lifting a €2.14 million embargo on the property. The sale comes at a time when the local real estate market is in an upswing, and potential investors have taken an interest in the property.

Zoning laws in the city, however, state that the property must be used as residences for students or senior citizens, or as a university centre or hospital. Market sources believe that gaining municipal approval to convert the property into use as a hotel would be a lengthy and complex process.

The Andalusian government has set a base price of just over 16.8 million euros, somewhat lower than the €19-million price a valuation gave it a few months ago. Interested parties must contact the government by November 14.

Original Story: Málaga Hoy – Sebastián Sánchez

Photo: Javier Albiñana

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

TM Real Estate Sells Out Almost All of its Luxury Sidi by TM Development

14 October 2019 The Torrevieja-based company TM Real Estate Group has sold almost all of the 162 properties that make up its Sidi by TM project in Alicante. Sidi, a luxury residential development built on the site of the old Hotel Sidi, on the San Juan beach, is still in the second phase of its construction and work is only expected to resume next week.

TM decided to temporarily halt construction in August to avoid any problems when delivering the keys to the new residents of the first 102 flats completed. The start of the second phase of construction, with another 59 homes, was delayed until March of this year due to a complex approvals process given its beachfront location.

Original Story: Alicante Plaza – Raúl Navarro

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Investment “Last Mile” Logistics Platforms Takes Off  

14 October 2019 The boom in e-commerce is sparking a revolution in the logistics markets as industry players seek to increase the speed of deliveries. The ability to deliver goods quickly in cities such as Madrid and Barcelona is leading firms to acquire logistics platforms that are located close to city centres. Market watchers refer to the “last mile” – the final delivery of goods to the customer’s home. Thus, the industrial estates that surround Madrid and Barcelona are slowing being repurposed as logistics platforms. The most sought-after are less than 10 kilometres from the most central neighbourhoods.

In an example of the tendency, the Spanish real estate group Allegra recently finalised the sale of a logistics park in the Marconi industrial estate, to the south of Madrid in Villaverde. The logistics platform consists of two warehouses measuring 9,798 and 7,676 square meters, respectively. The US-fund Hines, one of the four most important real estate management companies in the world, acquired the asset for 22 million euros. It was Hines first investment in the logistics sector in Spain.

According to data from the real estate consultancy JLL, though the price of logistics assets in Barcelona are currently higher than in Madrid, €7/m2 on average, compared to €5.5 in the capital, Madrid is seen to have major potential. The allocation of such platforms soared from 185,000 square meters in the third quarter of 2018 to 290,000 m2 this year, an increase of 48%. JLL also estimates that developers are working on another half a million square meters of platforms in Madrid, compared to 182,000 square meters in Catalonia.

Original Story: ABC – Adrián Delgado

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

FTI Group to Convert Former Stella Canaris into Major Eco-Resort

14 October 2019 The Pájara City Council granted the FTI Group authorisation to start the renovation and conversion of the six hotels that make up the former Stella Canarias complex in ​​Solana Matorral, the Canary Islands. The FTI Group will invest approximately 200 million euros in converting the 4,000-bed complex into an eco-resort while creating some 600 jobs in the process. The needed infusion of capital into the island’s economy and its municipal coffers comes after the area has taken a series of hard hits, including the bankruptcies of Thomas Cook, Air Berlin and Germania Wings.

The municipal permits give the FTI Group twelve months to begin the construction though the firm announced that it would already begin in 2020. The FTI Group plans on turning former Stella Canaris, which is located in front of one of the best beaches in Jandía, into a major eco-resort.

Original Story: Canarias 7 – Catalina García

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Dark Clouds Gather Over Spain’s Real Estate Market as Housing Sales Fall by 21% in August

14 October 2019 Market watchers have been issuing warnings recently regarding a potential slowdown in Spain’s residential real estate market. After years of rapid growth, and after prices have reached new heights due to constrained supply, talk has turned to a moderation in growth or even some level of stagnation.

Last week, the country’s National Institute of Statistics (INE) released data on the sale of homes in August that seemed to confirm such fears. A total of 35,371 housing sales occurred in Spain in the month, the lowest figure since August 2015. The retrenchment affected both the sales of new (-21%) and existing homes (-21.1%), the latter of which accounts for approximately eight out of every ten sales. Monthly sales took a bigger hit, falling by 26.1% from July to August, the biggest decline for that month of the last five years.

Original Story: El Mundo – Marcos Iriarte

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Trinitario Casanova’s Baraka Group to Build Hotel in Valdebebas

14 October 2019 The executive Trinitario Casanova is planning on building a new hotel in Madrid Norte, the capital’s new residential area, between Valdebebas and Operation Chamartín. Casanova’s Baraka Group confirmed that it would develop the new hotel on a 38,000-m2 plot of land its owns near to the Real Madrid sports complex and the access to Madrid-Barajas airport. The project reportedly also includes plans for rental offices on the same site.

The area where the hotel will be located is in the ‘Valdebebas Fintech District’ in the new Madrid Nuevo Norte in the north of Madrid, where 11,400 new homes are already under development.

Original Story: La Información – Ana Sánchez Juárez

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

BBVA Looks for Buyer to Acquire Up to €1.3 Billion in Toxic Real Estate Assets

14 October 2019 BBVA is looking to sell off up to a third of its approximately €1.3-billion portfolio of non-performing real estate assets. The Spanish bank acquired many of the assets during Spain’s financial and real estate crisis when BBVA bought up several of the country’s failing savings banks.

The bank is looking to rid itself of the €3.6 billion in foreclosed assets and €1.345 billion in shares of real estate companies, in addition to unpaid loans from SMEs and individuals valued at about €5 billion.

Some of the groups potentially interested in acquiring the assets include Cerberus, which already bought BBVA’s real estate business in 2018, Apollo, Blackstone, Bain Capital and Lone Star.

The sale, which consists of residential, commercial and land assets is still in its initial phase. However, the bank is looking to complete any sale before the end of the year.

Original Story: Business Insider – Adrián Francisco Varela

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

The Student Hotel Raises €90-Million in Financing for New Investments

14 October 2019 The Netherlands-based student hotel group The Student Hotel (TSH) announced that it had obtained €90-million in bank financing Santander, Sabadell and HSBC. TSH will use the funds to build two new hotels in Madrid and Barcelona as well as to refinance its existing debts in Spain. The investments are part of a €2-billion investment strategy that the group plans to implement over the next five years in Europe.

TSH is currently working on three projects in Spain: Madrid La Imprenta (340 rooms), Barcelona Provençals (300 rooms) and the TSH San Sebastian (328 rooms).

Original Story: Hosteltur

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner