Building from scratch or rehabilitating a home to make it more sustainable: which option is better?

The health crisis and its social impact continue to affect the demand for housing. As the latest official data show, those interested in acquiring a new property show, after more than a year of pandemic, a growing interest in chalets and efficient homes.

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According to the latest data offered by the General Council of the Official Associations of Real Estate Agents in Spain, the demand for efficient real estate has grown by 30% since the start of the pandemic. If to this statement we add the recent estimates of the College of Registrars and the Bank of Spain – which leave latent the increase in the percentage of the purchase of single-family homes (up to 21% of the total, one of the highest figures in the historical series ) –, it is possible to conclude that efficient single-family properties will gain a greater role in the coming months.

An idea that takes on even more force if one takes into account that, now, thanks to teleworking, the tendency to settle indefinitely in locations with lower population density, where these types of assets are much cheaper, has grown. And, as reflected in the data registered by the INE, between January 2020 and 2021 there has been an increase of 57,000 residents in municipalities with less than 10,000 inhabitants, and of almost 5,000 in populations of less than 5,000 inhabitants.

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