Spanish property prices 2011

According to the latest statistics supplied by the INE (Spain National Statistics Institute) Spanish house prices fell 11.2 percent in 2011 with new build suffering an 8.5 percent fall and resale’s a 13.7 percent fall.


Spanish property market still weak in June

Home sales in June were the lowest since the property crash began, show the latest figures from the Statistics Institute (INE).

There were 24,699 home sales in June (excluding social housing), down 26pc on the same time last year, below even June 2009, when the crash was thought to be at its nadir. The graph above makes it clear that, after a deceptively promising start, 2011 (in red) is turning out to be the worst year yet.

Compared to June 2007, sales were down 60pc – a teeth-jarring fall by any measure.

Year-to-date, transactions are down 11pc compared to last year, 3pc compared to 2009, and 55pc compared to 2007, as illustrated by this table.

On an annualised basis, sales have fallen in 10 of the last 12 months.

Assuming that prices have fallen by an average of 30pc since 2007, then in value terms (Euros) the market has shrunk by 70pc since then. That means 70pc less money around for everyone who lived off the housing market, town halls in particular.

All this helps explain why many town halls are now in the jaws of a financial crisis: They ramped up their spending and overheads during the boom, assuming it would last for ever, but now the money has dried up and they can’t afford to pay their bills. A 70pc fall in revenues from real estate helps explain why.

Why are transactions still falling? Partly because the credit crunch is still in full swing – in Spain at least – and partly because the abolition of mortgage tax relief at the end of last year brought forward sales that might otherwise have taken place in the first half of this year. So the figures might make the market look worse than it actually is. To find out we will have to wait and see if there is a recovery in the second half of the year.

The following table summarises the key transaction data month-by-month for the last 5 years.

Article by Mark Stucklin

Spanish property sales decrease 18.3% in May

The sale of Spanish properties decreased by 18.3% in May compared to the same month last year, with monthly sales standing at 30 797 sales (including VPOs). Most of this drop was due to the sharp decline in new build sales in the Month of May which saw a decline of 22.7%.


Spain needs 5 years to sell all new builds on market

By the end of 2010, there were 687,523 new properties looking for buyers on the market, only a slight decrease on a year earlier. Based on current trends, fewer new properties coming on the property market combined with healthier sales last year, it is estimated that it could take between 3 and 5 years to absorb this accumulated stock.


Stock of new properties decreases in 2010

By the end of 2010 the stock of new housing stood at 687,523 properties, a drop of only 0.08% compared to the surplus of 2009, according to the according the the Spanish government . This is the first drop in the level of new build on the market since 2005.



How the subprime mortgage found a home in the Spanish property market

To the rest of the world it became known as the subprime mortgage, but in Spain it is remembered as the “welcome mortgage.” It was specially designed for immigrants in 2005, at the height of the property boom, by Spanish mortgage brokers such as CreditServices. With nothing more than a three-month work record in Spain, these companies offered new arrivals to Spain mortgage loans that covered 120 percent of the value of a property. All the costs, fees and commissions would be covered by the loan, and the buyer would become a Spanish homeowner without having put down so much as a cent. The loans were organized through US companies, none of which had any physical presence in Spain, preferring to use fronts such as CreditServices instead.

British government intervenes to help expats caught in Spanish property scams

The situation is so severe that the government recently appointed a special overseas property advisor to help deal with it and to better understand the problems of those involved.

As a result, contentious issues such as illegal properties which do not have correct permits, cases where off-plan developments have not been built as specified and the length of time and cost involved in resolving property disputes were recently raised by the British ambassador to Spain with the Andalucian regional government and the Minister for Public Works and Housing.

Spanish bank seizes UK assets

A couple who face losing their house in Britain to a Spanish bank have warned of the dangers of falling behind in mortgage payments on holiday homes abroad.

In an alarming development for the many thousands of Britons who have bought properties in Spain, a bank in Marbella is using EU law to force Carol and Ian Chatterton out of their £300,000 cottage in Wiltshire.

Spanish banks may be forced to build or sell

I have just read an article on spanishpropertyinsight talking about how Town halls have come up a with a controversial but apparently legal way to raise money; by forcing banks to develop land acquired in debt-for-property swaps and charging them for the privilege.


Fear over Spain’s fast-track demolition

Owners of homes which are retrospectively judged to have fallen foul of regional planning rules can now be given just one month’s notice that council bulldozers are being sent in, as part of a crackdown on excessive development in one of Spain’s most popular regions.


Spain is Not Close to Bankruptcy: Amalgamation Should Not Mean Contagion

The downgrading of Spain was done for strange reasons. Spain’s has a debt to GDP of 90% (against 144% of for Greece) and a budget deficit of 7% (against Greece’s 14%). More importantly, the spread over German bunds is 250 bps against 700bps. With an AA rating (compared to Greece’s BB), even after the recent downgrading from AAA, Spanish creditworthiness is strong.


When it rains, it pours

After several years of British (and to lesser degree Germans, Swedish, Irish, etc..) buyers having to deal with multiple issues including illegal builds, retro-active permits, coastal laws, etc… with little or no help from their home country MEPs, they are now receiving support from a variety of sources. Being cynical we could talk about looming elections or the fact that a lot of the hard has already been done. Either way everyone appears to be jumping on the band wagon and is condemning Spain for a range of property related issues, which should help speed up and resolve these issues. The latest is from Roger Helmer.

British in Spain get some Government Protection

It appears that the British government is finally attempting to do something to support British citizens in Spain. As you can expect the main issue revolved around illegal/irregular properties and the need to find a ‘voter friendly’ solution.  Anyway, please find below the governmental press release.

Support for British residents in Andalucia

Chris Bryant (Minister of State for Europe and Consular Affairs at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office) has visited Spain this weekend where he discussed a wide range of issues affecting British citizens moving to and living in Spain.

Spanish housing review by RICS

The housing market downturn continued during 2009. There was some evidence that the decline might be bottoming out towards the end of the year, though the housing market and the wider economy still face substantial problems. So, it is by no means certain that the end of the housing market downturn has actually been reached.

The adverse market conditions have been feeding into official price indices. There is uncertainty and debate about the extent of the price falls that have occurred, especially in new build. As a result, it is worth spending a little more time than usual in the other country chapters to go through the different indices.