Amro Real Estate Acquires Land in Valencia for New Student Residence

4 December 2019 – Amro Real Estate has finalised the acquisition of a plot of land in Valencia where it plans to build student housing. The residence, the firm’s fourth in Spain, will have 5,000 square meters of constructed surface area, with 170 beds.

The project, which includes a rooftop pool and gym, will be located a short distance from the Catholic University of Valencia (UCV). Construction is set to begin in 2020 and open to students in the summer of 2022.

Original Story: Eje Prime – Marc Vidal Ordeig

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Madrid Budgets €21 Million to Buy Land for Public Use

3 December 2019 – The political parties PP and Cs’ new budget for the Madrid City Council’s includes €21 million to acquire new land for additional housing and other public needs. The budget increases the Municipal Housing and Land Company’s budget by 16.19% to 180 million euros.

These new lands would consist of new facilities around the airport, a new residence for senior citizens in Puente de Valleca. The municipal company would also acquire land in Campo de las Naciones to add to the Metropolitan Forest.

Original Story: La Vanguardia

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

General de Galerías Comerciales to Acquire 146,000-M2 Plot of Land in Valdebebas

2 December 2019 – The Valdebebas Compensation Board has approved the sale of a 145,790 square meter plot of land to the socimi General de Galerías Comerciales (GGC) under its Urban Action Program (PAU) for the district in Madrid. Details of the transaction, however, were not announced, though it is believed that the socimi would have paid over 200 million euros.

GGC plans on building a new commercial complex on the site, including 36,500 square meters of offices and more than 24,500 square meters of green areas and parks.

Original Story: Eje Prime

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Merlin Properties Prepares New Offer for Operation Chamartín

28 November 2019 – Merlin Properties has finalised an agreement with BBVA and the San José construction group to give it the right of first refusal for a stake in the North Castellana District (DCN), where the San José holds a 10% stake and the bank 75.54%. The socimi, however, intends to make an offer right away.

Merlin Properties currently has a 14.46% stake in the Operation Chamartín development and is looking for greater control. Merlin had already offered to trade control of 700 offices that it currently rents to the banking group for the operating rights to Operation Chamartín. The bank, however, is seen to be more interested in taking a stake in Merlin Properties itself, possibly of 2%.

Original Story: OK Diário – Borja Jiménez

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

VGP Acquires a 15,000-m2 Plot of Land in Cheste

19 November 2019 – The logistics developer VGP has acquired a more than 15,000-m2 plot of land from the Generalitat Valenciana’s Circuito del Motor y Promoción Deportiva (CMPD). The state-owned firm put the asset up for sale in August at an initial price of 2.7 million euros. VGP was the only bidder.

The land is located near the A3 Valencia-Madrid highway and is a part of the Cheste Circuit Business Park sub-division project. The public company currently has no plans to sell its second plot of land in the area, located near to the Ricardo Tormo Circuit. The company has been the only one to present an offer.

Zoned as urban land for commercial or industrial use, the plot of land has an area of ​​15,360.66 square meters and a buildable area of ​​9,984.43 square meters.

Original Story: Valencia Plaza – Begoña Torres

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Serprocol Acquires Plot of Land in Madrid for €3 Million

19 November 2019 – Serprocol has finalised its acquisition of a plot of land at Calle José Basbastre 10 in Madrid for more than three million euros. The real estate cooperative plans to build a 26-unit development with two to three bedrooms and an underground garage.

The firm obtained financing from Stoneweg, which recently launched a €50-million fund for financing real estate deals.

Sales for the flats at Calle José Basbastre 10 began during the last quarter of 2018 and are expected to continue through to the second quarter of 2020. By the end of last month, Serprocol had already sold 69% of the flats (18). The 5-floor apartment building will have a shared solarium and spa on the terraced roof.

Original Story: Eje Prime

Photo: Idealista

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Amenabar Wins Bidding for Ferrovial’s Land in Valdebebas

8 November 2019 – Amenabar won the bidding for a plot of land put on sale by Ferrovial in Valdebebas, just in front of the Cercanías RENFE stop in Madrid. The firm won out over Vivenio and Acciona, offering 56 million euros for the developable land. Amenabar has thus consolidated its position as the largest developer in the region, where it will build a total of nine developments, with approximately 1,000 new homes.

The sale fell in line within Ferrovial’s expectations, which had been around €2000/m2. The land measures a total of 27,200 m2, 22,700 m2 for residential development and 4,500 m2 for commerce, enough for roughly 230 new homes. Knight Frank provided Ferrovial with advice on the transaction.

The region of Valdebebas has seen several major transactions in recent months. A few months ago, Acciona also paid about €2,000/m2 (63 million euros) for a 31,700-m2 plot of land from Celteo. The land, which is located nearby Amenabar’s new asset, has enough land for about 260 homes.

Original Story: El Confidencial – Elena Sanz

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Aliseda Offering Finalist Land With Just a 5% Down-Payment

6 November 2019 – Aliseda, the real estate company controlled by Blackstone and Santander, has launched a new campaign aimed at both local developers and individuals looking to build new homes but currently, lack access to the necessary financing. The firm announced that it would allow potential buyers to buy land with just a 5% deposit from now until the end of the year.

After that point, those buyers would have 12 months to raise the rest of the cost of the land and finalise their purchase by the end of 2020. Investors would lose their 5% down-payment if they are unable to raise the rest of the funds.

The developer is currently listing 2,115 plots of land on its website. That land bank represents about 30% of Aliseda’s entire portfolio of finalist land, worth an estimated 300 million euros. The firm expects potential buyers to reserve 15% -20% of that by the end of the year.

Original Story: El Confidencial – Ruth Ugalde

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Merlin Properties Acquires 14.4% of Operation Chamartín from San José for €168 Million

1 November 2019 Merlin Properties has acquired a 14.46% stake in the Operation Chamartín urban development from the San José construction group for 168.89 million euros.

The socimi has thus become the second major investor in the mega-project, through its acquisition of part of San José’s 24% stake in the development. BBVA, in turn, owns the remaining 74%.

The operation includes a loan to San José. Currently, Merlin has a portfolio of land, residential properties, shopping centres and logistics platforms valued at €12.375 billion. Merlin, the largest socimi in Spain, is coming into the development at a time when construction is finally set to take off, after twenty years of negotiations.

Original Story: La Vanguardia – Rocío Ruiz

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Habitat Acquires Land for Residential Development in Bétera

31 October 2019 – Habitat Inmobiliaria has acquired a 25,600-m2 plot of land in the Torre en Conill residential development in Bétera, Valencia. The land has roughly 11,100 m2 of buildable surface area, sufficient to build 80 homes. Habitat expects to invest a total of 17 million euros in the project.

The development is located in one of the most developed areas of the western part of the metropolitan area of Valencia, next to the Technology Park and the Scorpion Golf Club.

Original Story: Levante

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner