The Province of Málaga is Surfing the Crest of the Residential Investment Wave

16 November 2018 – Eje Prime

Málaga is no longer all about the Costa del Sol when it comes to the housing market. The provincial capital has emerged as a benchmark in the province, becoming a new magnet for primary residences, in partnership with the Costa del Sol, where demand for holiday and beach homes has been reactivated. The Mediterranean Real Estate Fair (Simed), which is opening today in Málaga, is a good pulse meter for that growth. In total, more than 160 real estate companies are going to market more than 22,000 homes during the course of the weekend at Málaga’s Palace of Conferences and Fairs (‘Palacio de Ferias y Congresos de Málaga’ or Fycma).

The increase in the number of exhibitors in the room, which are going to occupy 9,000 m2 of surface area, is a reflection of the current climate in Málaga in this new real estate cycle. The 70% increase in space leased by real estate firms since the last edition goes hand in hand with the rise of more than 10% in house prices in the Malagan residential market.

Some data, such as that from the proptech firm Urban Data Analytics, indicate an increase of 19.4% in house prices in Málaga during the first quarter of the year, whilst the Ministry of Development reported that the rise amounted to 10.8%. The public ministry estimated that the price per square metre in the capital amounted to more than €1,500/m2, a value that has not depreciated in the subsequent months.

According to the real estate consultancy Savills Aguirre Newman, which has just opened a regional office on the iconic Calle Marqués de Larios, Málaga is growing from its epicentre. The provincial capital saw its supply of residential new build properties rise by 23.8% in 2017, with more than 4,000 homes planned, and that has repositioned it as the main city in the south of Spain for real estate, surpassing even Sevilla.

The new developments that are being constructed and the high demand in the city, which is undergoing a “metamorphosis”, are going to allow the province of Málaga to exceed the 19,464 homes sold in 2007, its best performance to date, according to the report by Savills Aguirre Newman. Nowadays, property developers and funds who want to acquire land are investing in the capital in light of the demand that exists. “That did not happen before, the residential motor was almost always focused 90% on the Costa del Sol”, says the director of the consultancy firm in Málaga, José Félix Pérez-Peña, in the same report.

The prime area of the capital is its central zone. There, the most expensive square metres are for multi-family homes, which amount to €3,000/m2, whilst in the East of Málaga, the reference area for local buyers, the price of single-family homes amounts to around €2,600/m2.

The large property developers are investing heavily in Málaga

None of the major property developers want to miss out on the opportunity that investing in Málaga represents. Neinor Homes, Aedas Homes and Metrovacesa, amongst others, have projects underway in the area and their intention is to establish themselves with more investments.

Aedas has landed in the capital with 87 homes in Teatinos, the fashionable neighbourhood in the Málagan residential sector, which has great potential for growth. Meanwhile, Metrovacesa has put four projects on the Costa del Sol up for sale and has announced an investment of €175 million in a 250-home development in Torre del Río.

Meanwhile, Neinor Homes is planning 1,500 homes in a dozen developments, comprising both primary residences and second homes in Málaga Capital as well as in several towns along the Costa del Sol, including Estepona, Marbella and Benahavís, amongst others.

Original story: Eje Prime (by J. Izquierdo)

Translation: Carmel Drake

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