The most searched-for locations on international property portals show that interest is on the up in Spanish real estate, almost doubling the country’s presence in the Top 50 rankings.
Rome remains the most popular hotspot in the world for property hunters. The Italian capital has now been ranked number one for four consecutive quarters.
Italy remains one of Europe’s most attractive propositions for house hunters, accounting for 14 of the Top 50 property hotspots. Other popular Italian locations include Verona and Florence.
France and Portugal are also particularly popular among international buyers, accounting for one and three of the Top 10 hotspots respectively. Lyon is the most sought-after location in France, Funchal is the most sought-after in Portugal. Spain, though, is stealing the international show at the start of 2016.
Benidorm and Malaga also rose up the charts while Marbella continues to remain the Spanish powerhouse for UK buyers.
Overall, Spain now accounts for 15 of the top 50 spots since the index began and more than both previous chart leaders Italy and Portugal.