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Tinsa report November rise of 3.7 per cent in Spanish property values

Falling sales figures dampen optimism over continuing rises in market value in the near future

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Tinsa report November rise of 3.7 per cent in Spanish property values. The leading Spanish property valuation firm Tinsa published its latest batch of monthly data regarding the market value of housing across the country on 4th of December, reporting that in the month of November the recovery in market prices of recent years continued.

 

The year-on-year increase of 3.7 per cent was the eleventh consecutive rise of under 5 per cent, and indeed the increase in the Tinsa index since the start of 2019 is just 2.4 per cent. In fact, in Mediterranean coastal areas there has been a downward movement of 2 per cent in 2019, and the nationwide index rose during the month of November by just three two points to 1,530. In consequence, the firm reports that the figure is now 16.8 per cent higher than when the market bottomed out in February 2015 (but still 33 per cent lower than at the height of the boom in late 2007).

The staggered nature of the recovery can be seen in the breakdown of the figures, which shows that in Spain’s regional capitals and other large cities market values have risen by almost 27 per cent in the last three and a half years, while elsewhere there are increases of 29.1 per cent in the Balearic and Canary Islands and 15.8 per cent in Mediterranean coastal areas, but only 5.5 per cent in the catch-all category of other municipalities.

Once again the November figures show the sharpest year-on-year increase in the Canaries and the Balearics (11.3 per cent), while elsewhere the rises are far more modest at just 0.3 per cent in on the Mediterranean coast, 1.3 per cent in other municipalities, 2.5 per cent in metropolitan areas and 4.6 per cent in regional capitals and other large cities.

The latest bulletin also contains the monthly market snapshot, in which Tinsa highlight reasons to expect upward or downward movements in the value of homes in Spain, summarising the following indicators among others: the latest monthly data (for September) show a sharp 11.2 per cent year-on-year decrease and an accumulated fall during the first 9 months of the year of 2.7 per cent.

Building licences: the latest monthly data (for September) show a 14.4 per cent year-on-year decrease and an 8.8 cent rise over the first nine months of 2019.

Mortgages granted: coinciding with the drop in sales figures, the latest monthly data (for September) show a 30.7 per cent year-on-year decrease but a 1.3 per cent rise during the first 9 months of the year.

Unemployment: the latest monthly data (for November) show a 1.68 per cent year-on-year decrease during the last 12 months, the least positive figure for years after a rise of over 20,000 during last month.

Euribor: the interest rate on which most mortgage repayments in Spain are calculated is currently at -0.272% (the average for the month of November), and continues rise from the record low of August.

In general these factors point to rather less certainty over the nature of future developments than has been the case for the last couple of years. Especially eye-catching are the poor sales figures in recent months, but none of the most recent data as summarised above can be said to be conducive to optimism regarding a rise in market value in the immediate future. The Spanish property market, though, is far from uniform, and national averages tend to distort the picture: there are regions where the outlook is rosier than in others, but in overall terms it appears that the demand for housing across the country may have reached a natural peak, and that in consequence there is less upward pressure on market value. In short, the recovery continues to look rather more fragile than has been the case for the last couple of years.

Source: Spain News Today, December 2019

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