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Q: Europeans who own property in foreign countries ( Answered 3 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Europeans who own property in foreign countries
Category: Business and Money > Economics
Asked by: jimrbs-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 02 May 2006 01:52 PDT
Expires: 01 Jun 2006 01:52 PDT
Question ID: 724632
I would like to understand the number of homes owned by Foreigners in
European countries. For example, in France, x number of homes are
owned by Britains, x by Germans, x by Spanish etc. Ideally the answer
should be in table format, detail each of the major European
countries, and known holiday hotspots, particularly around the
Meditteranean Sea.

Expanding upon this, I would like to understand the statistics for the
volume of Europeans who own second homes within Europe. For example,
how many Britains/French/Germans etc have second homes in Europe, and
where? Again, answers should be in table format.

Request for Question Clarification by belindalevez-ga on 04 May 2006 05:54 PDT
<I've taken a look for the figures and they are pretty sparse. Most
European governments don't appear to count how many properties are
second homes. The Dutch tax office for example is trying to find out
how many of its residents have bought property in other European
countries as many have failed to declare the assets on income tax

I have found figures for the number of second homes and which
nationalities they are owned by in the UK, France and Spain. I also
have figures for the number of British owners in Italy and Portugal,
and the number of German owners in Sweden.

If any of these figures are of interest, I would be happy to post them
as an answer for a lower price.>

Clarification of Question by jimrbs-ga on 04 May 2006 08:38 PDT
Thanks for your efforts so far. I too have struggled to get meaningful
data across Europe. I'm happy to lower the price to $50 considering
the data you have available.

Thanks again
Subject: Re: Europeans who own property in foreign countries
Answered By: belindalevez-ga on 04 May 2006 09:15 PDT
Rated:3 out of 5 stars
<Europeans who own property in foreign countries.

Number of second homes, *number of homes owned by foreigners.

Britons 42,480                            *1.2 million
Dutch  estimated 70,000 - 250,000
Italian 12% - 12,700
Belgians 6% - 6,400


Spanish    2.1 million
British     70,000,     -   * 800,000, *1.63 million
Germans                     *460,000
French                      *120,000
Dutch                       *60,000
Italian                     *40,000

British 52%
German 22%
French 8%
Italians 6%
Scandinavians 6%
Belgians 3%
British 1,770, 2000
British 5000      *50,000
England by Britons 210,000
Other GB by Britons 20,000
French 20,000
Germans 5,500, 10,000



Foreign homebuyers
British 40%
Italian 12%
Belgians 6%
Source: Abbey National.

France has over 3 million second residences.
10% of the French own a second home.
70% are owned by the British followed by the Dutch, then the Belgians
and then the Germans.
Source: La residence secondaire en France.

Location of second homes outside Great Britain.
Spain 62,000
France 47,000
Portugal 4,000
Italy 3,000
Other European 35,000
Source: National Statistics.,000%22&hl=nl&ct=clnk&cd=10

Graph showing percent of second and holiday homes in Essex, Greater
Lonondon, Kent, Nord-Pas De Calais, Sail, West-Flanders, Zeeland.
Source: Flanders Marine Institute.

200,000 Dutch have a permanent or second home in France.
Source: French prices chasing Dutch away.

Dutch second home owners in France 70,000 to 250,000.
Retirement migration: the significance of Dutch second home owners in France.

20,000 French own second homes in Britain.
Source: Vive l?entente. The Independent. April 1, 2004.

2.1 million spaniards own second homes in Spain.
1.63 million British own tourist properties in Spain.
Second homes owned by foreigners in Spain.
British 52%
German 22%
French 8%
Italians 6%
Scandinavians 6%
Belgians 3%

This is a study of buyers in Northern Sweden
Foreign Second Home Purchases. The Case of Northern Sweden. Robert Petterson.

Britons own 1.2 million homes in France.
50,000 in Portugal
Source: Abbey National

Spanish property
British 800,000
Germans 460,000
French 120,000
Dutch 60,000
Italian 40,000
Source: BBVA Bank.

British in:
Spain 70,000
France 51,000
Portugal 5000
Italy 2000
Source: National Statistics

Britons in Spain ? 500,000
Source: Didsbury magazine

Graph showing the number of second homes owned by the British.
Source: National Statistics.

Germans in Sweden ? in 1991, there were about 1,500 Germans owning
second homes in Sweden. Today they may number more than 10,000.
Source: Buyers Snap Up Country Houses ? In Other Countries. Stefan Lovgren.

Germans have 5,500 second homes in Sweden.
Source: etour

Greece, Italy, France and Spain. 10-15% of housing stock is second homes.
Source: RICS warns over second homes.

British second home owners in spain ? 70,000.
Source: 600,000 Brits own a second home. Becky Barrow. 25 Aprol 2006.

British in France ? 42,480
British in Italy ? 1,770
Source: Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.>

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<Hope this helps.>
jimrbs-ga rated this answer:3 out of 5 stars
Appreciate your efforts. Tough subject. Hope you agree with this
rating considering the semi-complete answer. Thanks again.

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