According to a study, properties in Spain are the most searched for in the world: people from 34 countries search online for houses in Spain more than elsewhere.
Experts in international moving MoverDB.com used online search data tools to analyze property searches in all countries around the world and identify the most popular locations for foreign property hunters.
The study also found that Britons are the most interested in moving abroad, with the highest per capita interest in searching for overseas property among 22 countries.
Spain came out first – meThe climate, affordable costs of living and tempting property prices are the draw for Europeans, while the golden visa reward for investments over €500,000 tempts some.
It is increasingly popular among American buyers, who are looking to take advantage of direct flights and friendly conversion rates to buy Spanish homes at record prices, according to the report, although Spain is not the destination of most interest to Americans.
In fact, Americans’ first-choice destination is Italy, and buyers often use their own Italian ancestry to access visas, according to the report.
Meanwhile, property seekers from 13 countries searched for homes or second homes in France.
Perhaps surprisingly, given the representation of France in the UK media, it is the number one destination for British property buyers.
While Brexit has made Europe a more difficult destination for Brits, the idea of being “a little more European” while getting a real estate bargain remains attractive, with France particularly appealing to retirees looking for a good deal. life without venturing too far from home.
Like their British counterparts, Irish and Australian property hunters abroad are most often looking for a pied-à-terre in France; while Americans and Canadians are the most likely to look for a place in Italy. Meanwhile, New Zealanders are mainly looking for offshore property in Australia.
For their part, Spaniards with a sense of adventure look to the other side of the Atlantic in search of homes in Colombia. Meanwhile, the French would love to move to Portugal, according to the study, while Denmark is the top cross-border real estate option for Germans.
The Danes themselves mainly look for properties in France. Austrians long for a place of their own in Italy; Swedes feel something for Spain and America; the Swiss would cross into France, as would the Norwegians; and Italians love looking for houses in Greece.