New appointments announced at Lucas Fox International Barcelona HQ

Lucas Fox International Properties is expanding its operations in Spain and has made two key appointments at its Barcelona Headquarters.

Rod Jamieson, previously the company's Madrid director has been promoted to director of sales and operations for both Barcelona and Madrid, whilst Joanna Papis moves from sales manager to head up the newly created New Developments Division.

Both roles have been created in anticipation of the surge in demand during 2016 for Spanish homes in Spain's top two cities, from both overseas and increasingly local clients.

Lucas Fox's latest in house market reports indicate that 2015 was a turning point in Spain's property recovery. Official figures show that sales prices for Barcelona and Madrid increased by 6% and 4.7% respectively over 2014 and transaction numbers went up by 19% and 14.5% over 2014 figures averaging 2667 and 3750 sales respectively per month.

In two separate recent reports, Madrid and Barcelona were singled out as top European property investment hotspots by PwP (Urban Land Institute) and the fdi intelligence division of The Financial Times ranked Barcelona the top city, above London, in terms of strategy for attracting foreign investment for 2016/17.

Jamieson has 14 years' experience in the real estate business including seven years as head of sales at a leading international real estate agency in France. His role will include managing a multilingual team of 35 sales and rentals professionals as well as overall company strategy for the company.

‘It is an opportune time as demand for Spanish property from international investors continues to grow in both key markets. With finance becoming more widely available and positive economic indicators, Lucas Fox has excellent potential for growth during the next 12 months and beyond,’ said Jamieson.

Papis has been at the company for six years and takes over the role of head of New Developments following unprecedented demand over the last 12 months for turnkey homes in prime locations. Lucas Fox will be taking on at least 10 new projects in Barcelona during 2016, many of which they will have exclusively.

‘The return of local buyers to the property market is a key growth area for Lucas Fox in 2016 and beyond. As the recovery gets well and truly underway we are also seeing the return of high quality ready to move into homes and we have anticipated these changes with the restructuring of our sales division at our Barcelona HQ,’ said Lucas Fox co-founder Alexander Vaughan .

Lucas Fox's reports also show that 2015 was a record year for Spain's tourism industry with the number of visitors up by 5% year on year. From January until the end of November a total for 64.6 million people visited Spain, up three million on 2014 figures.

The economy also experienced record growth last year, expanding by 3.2%. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is predicting that Spain's economy will continue to push forward during 2016, growing by 2.6%.