The Telegraph runs a piece on “End to Mediterranean dream for 90,000 Britons who left Spain last year – British expatriates are deserting Spain in droves, according to new figures from Spain’s national statistics institute “, together with some interesting interviews from ex-expats from Arboleas, and a bit from Maura Hillen of AUAN.
It’s prompted by the news that Spain lost almost 600,000 residents in 2013, mainly due to the return of immigrants to their home countries. Some 90,000 Brits returned to Blighty last year.
Turn to La Voz de Almería which has an interesting piece on how the Brits are flooding into Almería, and how this will be the best year for ages as regards home sales.
Los extranjeros vuelven otra vez a comprar casas en la provincia – Las cifras, en este caso, son más contundentes que las sensaciones shouts La Voz (The foreigners return again to buy homes in the province – the data, in this case, speak louder than feelings).
La Voz claims that TINSA, the property sale auditor, says 2013 provincial sales to guiris have gone up 38.7% over last year, although dropped a massive 73% since 2006.
Let’s not get carried away: only 6.887 homes were sold in the province in 2013, of which 1.318 where to guiris. 200 of these were destined to be used as “second homes” and the rest as principle residencies.
Which do we believe?