People browsing overseas homes online while ‘dual-screening’ has resulted in a 174 per cent surge in searches for homes listed in Ibiza last month compared to the previous year, Rightmove data shows.
With Netflix TV series White Lines – set on the party island – being one of the most watched programmes last month, many appear to have hunted for homes there on a phone or tablet while watching the box.
The show, centered around the mysterious death of a Mancunian who heads to the hedonistic island in the mid-1990s, features a number of stunning modern sun-soaked homes with pools, sea views and outdoor living.
Searches for homes in Ibiza on Rightmove are up 174% compared to last May, due to the new Netflix show White Lines (pictured), set on the Spanish island
Spain, France and Portugal topped the list of the most popular places to hunt to buy a home overseas.
Rightmove claims the searches on its website for overseas properties were up 33 per cent in May compared with a year earlier.
But with people still in lockdown and likely to miss out on their holiday in the sun this summer, it may be that this figure is a more of an indication of people virtual window shopping rather than one that they’re going to buy overseas.
It comes as plans to travel are being dented further as the Government announced new quarantine plans – due to come into force on Monday – for people arriving to the UK to isolate for 14 days.
Map showing the most searched areas overseas on property website Rightmove, including France, Spain and Portugal
This four-bed villa in Ibiza is for sale via estate agents CW Luxury Villas Ibiza for €1.3million, the equivalent of £1,166,709
Rightmove also said the 33 per cent increase was a continuation of a trend seen in April, when overseas searches increased by 50 per cent compared to a month earlier and 18 per cent on a year previously.
It said the biggest uplifts were seen in Spain, France and Portugal, following an initial dip when these countries went into their respective lockdowns.
Searches in Spain were up 34 per cent year-on-year during May, 33 per cent in France and 26 per cent in Portugal, according to Rightmove.
The website explained that the surge is a mixture of people looking seriously to buy a holiday home, those contemplating a relocation, and some who are dreaming of a trip abroad after their holiday was cancelled.
Interest in homes in France has increased, with this five-bed house in the Dordogne for sale via estate agents Leggett for €508,800, the equivalent of £457,523
Rightmove’s property expert Miles Shipside said: ‘Lockdown has allowed many people time to re-appraise their lives, which has prompted lots of home-hunters to get serious about buying elsewhere in Europe.
‘In particular, countries such as Spain, France, and Portugal have cultures that are familiar to us, and their warmer climates and reasonably priced rural stock will appeal to those who have been recently denied foreign travel.
‘Social distancing would be far more straightforward if you’re lucky enough to be able to afford your own overseas pad.
‘If other holiday-makers feel the same, then they may wish to rent your property, helping it bring in an income when you are not there.
‘It’s still early days as we’re not out of lockdown yet and most airlines are still shut, but this is an indication that this has been a life-changing period for many who are re-appraising both how and where they want to live.’
Estate agents both at home and abroad also reported an increase in demand for international properties.
Dennis Chan, global head of international sales at Chestertons, said: ‘A surge in demand has indeed been observed across our portfolio of international properties, especially coastal homes.
‘Clients who had been considering a second home prior to the pandemic have now intensified their enquiries with our offices in Southern Europe.’
This four-bed villa in Spain is for sale via Olive Properties for €445,000, equivalent to £399,149
Kieran Byrne, of HomeEspaña in Spain, said: ‘After a significant dip in activity and enquiries in March and early April, when lockdown measures were first introduced in Spain and the UK, we’ve witnessed a gradual resurgence of interest towards the end of April, and this gathered pace throughout May.
‘Of course, we’ve spoken to clients who are putting their plans on hold, waiting to see what life will be like post-coronavirus, which is totally understandable. But we’ve also spoken to new customers who had never previously thought about buying a property in Spain.
‘Being confined has made them reconsider their lives in cities and towns, as has the thought of returning to being crammed onto buses and trains – and they’ve concluded it would be preferable to be somewhere with more of an outdoor lifestyle, better weather, access to swimming pools and beaches.’
This four-bed house in Mallorca is for sale via estate agents JS Properties for €1.35million, the equivalent of £1,200,885
He added: ‘Then we have a separate set of customers, who were already searching for a second home on the Costa Blanca before the coronavirus outbreak, but who were previously taking their time and happy to continue their search over a couple of years.
‘This crisis has accelerated their desire to own in Spain sooner rather than later, and they now want to finalise a purchase as soon as possible.
‘Of course, we still don’t know how any of this translates into genuine interest or transactions, as we’re still not fully out of lockdown here in Spain, international flights haven’t resumed and we’re still in a period of uncertainty – but it does seem like there is a lot of new interest in people relocating or having a second home here.’
This five-bed house in Portugal’s Lisbon is for sale via estate agents IAD Portugal for €1million, the equivalent of £896,445
Chris White, owner of Ideal Homes in Portugal, added: ‘We’ve seen leads increase on a daily basis throughout the UK lockdown. In fact, in the last ten days alone we’ve sold four properties.
‘We’re getting lots of interest in private villas and apartments with big terraces. I think people were nervous before about buying abroad, but now they are far more determined.
‘Buyers are saying to us, as soon as they can fly again they want to come out, meet the lawyers and get things done. There are bargains to be had and we’re definitely seeing high levels of demand.
‘Even with the rental side of the business, we’re fully booked for August and quite a lot of next year, which doesn’t normally happen. People now want to buy a property, enjoy it for ten weeks of the year, and then rent it out for another 30 weeks and still make more money than if their cash was sat in the bank.’
This three-bed villa in the Algarve, Portugal, is for sale via Waratah Properties, for €720,000, equivalent to £645,614
TOURIST HOTSPOTS TO REOPEN
Some major tourist hotspots are expected to reopen this month, it has been revealed.
The Passport Index has been tracking travel restrictions and has produced a country-by-country list pinpointing which borders are set to open and when.
The first batch of countries set to welcome visitors comprises Bahrain, Bulgaria and Qatar, which have June 10 down as the date when their borders will reopen.
On June 15, reports The Passport Index, Greece, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Japan will follow suit, along with several other nations.
June 22 will see Denmark, Estonia, Ireland and South Korea put out the welcome mat and on July 1, they’ll be joined by countries including Australia, Sweden, Canada and Colombia.
By July 15, the ranks of countries that have reopened borders will have been swelled by the UK, Israel, Morocco, India, Pakistan, South Africa and Russia.
Fast forward to August 1 and it’ll be possible for international tourists to pop over to Brazil, France, Spain, Italy, Egypt and Tunisia.
The last country on the list is the USA, which isn’t planning on opening its borders to international tourists until September 1.
Bahrain – June 10, 2020
Bulgaria – June 10, 2020
Qatar – June 10, 2020
Greece – June 15, 2020
Germany – June 15, 2020
Austria – June 15, 2020
Azerbaijan – June 15, 2020
Czech Republic – June 15, 2020
Switzerland – June 15, 2020
Japan – June 15, 2020
Republic of Northern Macedonia – June 15, 2020
Lithuania – June 15, 2020
Hungary – June 15, 2020
Poland – June 15, 2020
Romania – June 15, 2020
Serbia – June 15, 2020
Netherlands – June 20, 2020
Kazakhstan – June 20, 2020
Albania – June 22, 2020
Bosnia and Herzegovina – June 22, 2020
Denmark – June 22, 2020
Estonia – June 22, 2020
Finland – June 22, 2020
South Korea – June 22, 2020
Ireland – June 22, 2020
Kyrgyzstan – June 22, 2020
Latvia – June 22, 2020
Norway – June 22, 2020
Slovakia – June 22, 2020
Australia – July 1, 2020
Belgium – July 1, 2020
Belarus – July 1, 2020
China (Beijing only) – July 1, 2020
Sweden – July 1, 2020
Canada – July 1, 2020
Colombia – July 1, 2020
Kosovo – July 1, 2020
Malaysia – July 1, 2020
Moldova – July 1, 2020
Uzbekistan – July 1, 2020
Taiwan – July 1, 2020
Turkmenistan – July 1, 2020
Ukraine – July 1, 2020
Indonesia – July 10, 2020
India – July 10, 2020
Pakistan – July 10, 2020
Algeria – July 15, 2020
Morocco – July 15, 2020
Philippines – July 15, 2020
South Africa – July 15, 2020
Georgia – July 15, 2020
United Kingdom – July 15, 2020
Israel – July 15, 2020
Kuwait – July 15, 2020
Libya – July 15, 2020
Lebanon – July 15, 2020
Russia – July 15, 2020
Jordan – July 15, 2020
Brazil – August 1, 2020
Armenia – August 1, 2020
France – August 1, 2020
Iraq – August 1, 2020
Iran – August 1, 2020
Spain – August 1, 2020
Italy – August 1, 2020
Egypt – August 1, 2020
Saudi Arabia – August 1, 2020
Tunisia – August 1, 2020
USA – September 1, 2020