The good news if you’re looking to buy a Spanish property is that prices are still incredibly low compared to when they rose dramatically in 2007, and also there are literally hundreds of thousands of empty homes for sale in all areas of the country.
In Spain, you would typically find three types of housing – modern style bungalows, traditional villas, apartments or townhouses.
When thinking of a Spanish villa, you should assume it will be a detached property on a private plot. The size of the plot will vary considerably although most towns require lots to be at least 400 m² before planning permission will be given. In many cases, the property will also include a swimming pool. For example, see this local inmobiliaria.
Apartment blocks are extremely common in all towns in Spain. However, the types of blocks you find will vary considerably from town to town. For example in Benidorm on the Costa Blanca high-rise apartment blocks are the norm, whereas other towns put a cap on the number of floors, with six floors being the common construction norm.
Townhouses are usually part of a terrace without a private plot although a small courtyard may be included.
If you are thinking about relocating to Spain and will need to work once you arrive in the country, you do not want to be in a small village away from employment opportunities. To have the best chance of finding work as an expat in Spain you should consider living in. or nearby a tourist resort that attracts your own countrymen. This will give you job possibilities as employers are always looking for expats who can communicate with patrons in their own language.
Popular resorts among tourists include Javea and Denia on the Costa Blanca. For ideas of what is currently on offer, look at this Javea for sale website. It is not surprising that UK holidaymakers flock to these towns as they enjoy a great climate almost all year round, are within easy access of Valencia and Alicante airports, and have some of the best golf courses and other sports facilities in the world.
Another popular destination with excellent work prospects is Barcelona. Barcelona is not only a thriving cosmopolitan city, but it is also located on the coast with miles of beautiful beaches, and a popular destination among vacationers from all over the world.