Funds Buying Up Spanish Property

A partnership of the Goldman Sachs private equity firm and Azora, a Spanish investment group, is buying a portfolio of apartments from the government of Madrid for €201 million ($266 million), the latest in a rush of deals in Spanish property by institutional investors.

The package includes 3,000 apartments, primarily in Madrid, which are part of a program called  the «Young Plan,» which is designed to provide housing to people under 35 with below-average income, the Financial Times reports.
The announcement follows a flurry of deals in recent weeks as Spain’s struggling public sector and banks look to raise funds through the sale of property.

Last month U.S.-based private equity giant Blackstone bought 18 apartment blocks in Madrid for €125.5 million ($166.1 million), its first deal in Spain. The seller was the Municipal Social Housing Co., which unloaded more than 1,800 apartments.

Last week, Spain’s «bad bank,» Sareb, made its first deal, selling a portfolio of about 1,000 properties to Miami-based H.I.G. Capital LLC.

Madrid did not provide further details on the sale of apartments to the Goldman Sachs-Azora partnership, except to say the proceeds would be used for public spending. Azora, the investment group, is run by Juan del Rivero, a former partner at Goldman Sachs, the FT reports.

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