recently went into partnership with to exclusively list properties from Spain, Italy and Portugal on the Chinese property portal, reports Property Investor Europe (23 April 2014). Existing agents on idealista will now have the option to upgrade listings to enhance visibility and brand presence in China – something crucial as Chinese buyers grow increasingly important in the global property market. data reveals that Chinese buyers' search for Spanish property increased by 235% in 2013, thanks to the Golden Visa scheme. According to founder and CEO of, Jesus Encinar, “Chinese buyers come to Southern Europe because it is both a little exotic to them and also part of the European Community. The quality of life, protected environment and especially property prices are very compelling for them.”