Gross rental yields in Spain have returned to normal

Residential Valuation Specialist | August 14, 2018

Last Updated: Aug. 14, 2018
BARCELONA - Ciutat Vella apartments COST (€) YIELD (p.a.) PRICE/SQ.M. (€)
50 sq. m. 240,550 1,028 5.13% 4,811 20.55
120 sq. m. 597,360 1,991 4.00% 4,978 16.59
BARCELONA - Eixample apartments
50 sq. m. 284,550 1,092 4.61% 5,691 21.84
120 sq. m. 629,280 1,933 3.69% 5,244 16.11
BARCELONA - Gracia apartments
50 sq. m. 236,700 1,001 5.07% 4,734 20.02
120 sq. m. 518,640 1,729 4.00% 4,322 14.41
BARCELONA - Les Corts apartments
50 sq. m. 253,500 995 4.71% 5,070 19.89
120 sq. m. 534,360 1,858 4.17% 4,453 15.48
BARCELONA - Sarria-Sant Gervasi apartments
50 sq. m. 280,200 1,101 4.72% 5,604 22.02
120 sq. m. 718,680 2,357 3.94% 5,989 19.64
MADRID - Centro apartments
50 sq. m. 264,400 1,063 4.82% 5,288 21.26
120 sq. m. 627,960 2,057 3.93% 5,233 17.14
MADRID - Chamartin apartments
50 sq. m. 294,550 958 3.90% 5,891 19.16
120 sq. m. 574,680 1,958 4.09% 4,789 16.32
MADRID - Chamberi apartments
50 sq. m. 284,450 989 4.17% 5,689 19.77
120 sq. m. 650,520 2,094 3.86% 5,421 17.45
MADRID - Retiro apartments
50 sq. m. 286,350 1,062 4.45% 5,727 21.24
120 sq. m. 557,280 1,796 3.87% 4,644 14.97
MADRID - Salamanca apartments
50 sq. m. 312,500 1,115 4.28% 6,250 22.30
120 sq. m. 674,160 2,215 3.94% 5,618 18.46
MADRID SUBURBS - Las Rozas apartments
100 sq. m. 312,000 1,179 4.53% 3,120 11.79
MADRID SUBURBS - Majadahonda apartments
150 sq. m. 516,000 1,899 4.42% 3,440 12.66
MADRID SUBURBS - Pozuelo de Alarcon apartments
200 sq. m. 765,000 2,586 4.06% 3,825 12.93
All yields are gross - i.e., before taxes, repair costs, ground rents, estate agents fees, and any other costs. Net yields (what you´ll really earn) are typically around 1.5% to 2% lower.
Source: Global Property Guide Definitions: Data FAQ See also: Update Schedule

Gross rental yields on apartments in Barcelona´s Ciutat Vella - the return earned on the purchase price of a rental property, before taxation, vacancy costs, and other costs - range from 4.00% to 5.15%. Similar yields, or maybe slightly lower, can also be had in Madrid. Not great, though not untypical for cities like Madrid and Barcelona. Yields on the very smallest apartments now offer reasonable returns. But then smaller apartments tend to need more maintenance, so a higher yield is justified.

Prices of apartments. Prices per square metre (sq. m.) of apartments in Barcelona range from around EUR 4,300 to EUR 6,000, or around EUR 225,000-300,000 for a 50 sq. m. apartment. In the heart of Madrid, i.e., Chamartín, Chamberí, Retiro and Salamanca, prices per sq. m. range from around EUR 4,700 to EUR 5,900, or around EUR 265,000 to 290,000 for a 50 sq. m. apartment. There´s very little price-difference between the two cities, and for all practical purposes costs are around the same.

In nearby upscale suburbs of Madrid such as Las Rozas, Majadahonda and Pozuelo de Alarcón, apartments are cheaper, with prices per sq. m. ranging from around EUR 3,100 to EUR 3,800.

Rents of apartments. Rents are similar in the two cities, maybe slightly lower in Madrid, so that 50 sq. m. apartments will cost around 950-1,100 euros per month, while 120 sq. m. apartments will cost around 1,750-2,500 euros a month.

Conclusion: All these yields figures are higher than last year, which was higher than the previous year. Spain is once again beginning to look a possible investment destination.

When buying property, take into consideration that round-trip transaction costs are moderate to high in Spain. See our Property transaction costs analysis in Spain and Residential property transaction costs in Spain, compared to the rest of Europe.


ShawnMichael | October 20, 2014

Many people from all around the world trying to get the best home for their living. It is great if someone is looking for their in home and trying to find it early. Many homes for sale Sedona AZ and you can get the desire one according to your own choice.

Michael John | October 29, 2014

Your property analysis is attractive and the rates and percentages you show in your article provides the clear facts of the property value and with this, help many real estate professionals can get the idea from this post if they have someone to buy or sell their property. Sedona AZ real estate professionals are also interested in such real estate property guide and I do agree with Shawn too.

Gustavo | June 12, 2016

Prices are definitely recovering after too many years of recession. The huge property stock held by banks have undermined the market prices. Since end 2014 and also 2015 Investing in Spanish property was more of finding bank repos in end 2015 and beginning of 2016 we can see that non bank property are changing hands and prices are stable and on the upside month after month. finding the right property are like kisses..location location location Invest in Spain Real Estate are here to help. Thanks for a great site with so much interesting info.

KG1 | September 07, 2018

I am afraid your numbers are not realistic unfortunately and make no sense from an investment point of view. I have been traveling to Madrid a great deal for the last 8 years and have looked to purchase a place in the Chamberi/Almagro/Trafalgar district. If you look for example on your own website for a nice place in this area, the prices listed per square meter are actually more expensive than Paris! (Don't get me wrong; I prefer Madrid to Paris). These prices don't even come close to being justified by the rents they can get. (Nor is it a matter of negotiation, as the price differences would be simply huge). I have come to the conclusion that it's far far better to invest/purchase in the US (LA for example) and then simply rent a place in Madrid. (Even Berlin is not justified now as compared to the US). I wish I were wrong, but I am not!

Login or Register to submit a comment!
In order to promote open and spam-free conversations, Global Property Guide moderates commetns on all articles. You can expect that your comment will be published within 24 hours.