Zaragoza Leads the Sale of New Build Homes in Spain

5 November 2018 – El Periódico de Aragón

Zaragoza is still leading the sales of new build homes in Spain. Last year, it was the third-ranked city in the country, after Madrid and Barcelona, in terms of sales volumes, with 800 transactions, and in 2018, it is maintaining that trend. In fact, during the second quarter of the year, the Aragonese capital recorded the sale of 305 new homes, exceeded only by Madrid. That is according to the latest report compiled by the real estate consultancy firm CBRE, which shows that the evolution of Zaragoza this year is even better than last year: 537 new build house sales were recorded during the first half of this year, and so all indications are that they will exceed the 800 units recorded in 2017.

According to the experts, pent-up demand during the years of the crisis, which forced many citizens to postpone their decision to buy a home due to the economic uncertainty, and the current supply of high-quality homes for sale at reasonable prices, are the main causes behind Zaragoza’s leadership of the sector.

Of course, the data is still light years away from the figures recorded before the crisis. “There is still a long way to go in the new build construction market”, said the Director of CBRE in Zaragoza, Miguel Ángel Gómez. During the peak of the real estate boom, 4,000 sales were recorded per quarter in Aragón, and 45% of those were in the new build segment, but that percentage has now dropped to 12%. The figures confirm that the reactivation of the sector is based almost exclusively on second-hand homes. “The supply of second-hand homes is enormous, for that reason, as property developers we have to offer a differentiated, high-quality product if we want to attract customers”, said the President of the Confederation of Construction Companies of Aragón (CEAC) and the Director General of the Lobe group, Juan Carlos Bandrés.

Data relating to the number of building permits that the Town Hall of Zaragoza is granting confirms the new build recovery: last year, 1,526 permits were granted, compared with 1,040 in 2015. This year, it seems that the number of permits granted is decreasing although we still have two months of the year left to run. Either way, the figure is well below the 3,150 recorded in 2009 and light years away from the 8,940 registered in 2006.

The experts also attribute the better performance of Zaragoza compared to other major cities in Spain to the fact that the community has managed to maintain “its own financial system” (Ibercaja), which continues to back the projects of property developers. “Here, there are more possibilities to take projects forward”, highlights Bandrés (…).

Original story: El Periódico de Aragón (by Rubén López)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Zaragoza’s Torre Village Outlet Will Open its Doors at End of 2018

1 December 2017 – Eje Prime

The Pikolin outlet complex has taken its first few steps. On Friday, the Town Hall of Zaragoza definitively approved the Torre Village urbanisation project, whereby firing the starting gun for the construction work to begin on the retail complex, which is going to be built on the site of the former mattress factory. The project has also been declared of regional interest by the General Council of Aragón.

Torre Village is starting to take shape after the Solans family, owner of Pikolin, put the idea (of the outlet complex) on the table at the beginning of 2015. The centre is expected to open its doors during the final quarter of 2018.

The next step is for Grupo Iberebro, the property developer behind Torre Village, to prepare a specific plan for the Ministry of Development, including analysis of the complex’s access routes and consideration of possible objections that its development may generate.

Torre Village will be the first outlet in the Valle del Ebro. With a surface area of 66,000 m2, the shopping centre will contain fashion stores, a restaurant area, cinemas, leisure activities and a space dedicated to cultural activities and concerts, along with 2,000 parking spaces. The retail area will house ninety shops.

The new complex aspires to welcome visitors from Aragón, País Vasco, La Rioja, Navarra, Soria, Lleida and the South of France. Investment in the project will amount to €60 million and around 1,000 direct jobs will be created as a result. The future economic impact of the complex is calculated to amount to €342.2 million per year.

Original story: Eje Prime 

Translation: Carmel Drake