Madrid, among the most attractive capitals for European investors.

Madrid, entre las capitales más atractivas para los inversores europeos

Madrid, among the most attractive capitals for European investors.

Madrid consolidates its position among the most attractive cities for real estate investment in Europe. According to the 2024 European Real Estate Market Trends report by PwC and the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the Spanish capital climbs positions to the top three in the ranking of European cities with the greatest potential for investment and real estate development. For nearly a decade now, Madrid has stood out as one of the fastest-growing real estate markets in Europe in terms of investment opportunities.

Attractions of Madrid compared to other cities

This deserved achievement is the result, among other factors, of the effort the city has made in basic infrastructure needs. Madrid boasts an excellent transportation network, which enhances accessibility and makes properties located near these infrastructures more attractive. This, combined with its pleasant climate and quality of life, makes Madrid a key metropolis for European investors. It ranks only behind two major European capitals like London and Paris, which top the ranking. However, Madrid also offers many other attractions for investors:

  • Economic and financial hub of Spain. The city instills confidence in investors by hosting major national and international companies, as well as leading financial institutions.
  • Tourism. Madrid is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. According to Euromonitor International’s annual ranking, Madrid increased its international positioning and in 2023 ranked as the third most attractive city in the world for tourism. In this regard, there is a growing demand for temporary accommodation, especially in tourist areas.
  • Steady population growth. Labor mobility and the city’s attractiveness to both national and foreign students and professionals contribute to sustained demand for housing. Thus, the capital of Spain offers solid opportunities through investment in rental properties.
  • Culture, quality, and lifestyle. Madrid’s wide range of cultural and leisure offerings, along with its gastronomy, make it one of the best places to invest in the real estate market.

The development sector, on the other hand, also places Madrid among the most thriving cities in all of Europe, as evidenced by the continuous arrival of foreign investors. “Madrid is one of the most attractive European capitals to live in, to work in, and to develop new projects,” according to developers like Alibuilding.

Madrid on the podium of real estate investment

According to data from PwC and the Urban Land Institute, compared to other European markets, Spain demonstrates its strength in the real estate investment market. This is primarily due to higher investment volumes in key cities like Madrid. And it does so despite the decline in real estate transactions, limited by high interest rates and financing costs.

Investors and developers consider investing in Spain a particularly attractive opportunity in segments such as affordable housing, student residences, and hotels. And this is due, according to the consultancy, to reasons such as high tourism rates and their contribution to the national GDP. Also, due to the high profitability of student accommodations in urban centers, where the demand for university housing continues to rise. Likewise, the imbalance between supply and demand and the lack of affordable housing in cities like Madrid would explain the interest in these particular segments.

However, given the current economic situation, real estate investors are more cautious than ever when investing their capital in Europe. Therefore, investor interest is focused on cities that offer liquidity in times of higher risk, such as London and Paris, which occupy the top two positions in the report. These two cities accounted for around 15% of the total volume of real estate transactions in Europe in the first nine months of 2023. Madrid (3), Milan (6), and Lisbon (8) rise in the ranking due to their economic performance and liquidity.

However, German cities such as Berlin (4), Munich (7), Frankfurt (9), and Hamburg (11), which have always been safe havens for capital, are descending in the ranking in terms of investment and development prospects due to their economic stagnation outlook.

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