Monthly mortgage payments rise for first time in almost 2 years


A summary of the Latest Euribor and Spanish mortgage news

Euribor (12 months), the interest rate normally used to calculate mortgage repayments in Spain, has now risen for 5 consecutive months to its highest level in more than a year.

Euribor reached 1.421% in August, an increase of 3.5% on the previous month, and 6.5% higher than August last year.

As a result, borrower on annually resetting mortgages will have to start paying more. Repayments on a typical annually resetting mortgage (150,000 Euros, 25 years) will rise by around 6 Euros/month, or 70 Euros/year, to around 594 Euros/month.

This is the first time that Euribor has risen on an annualised basis since October 2008, when the credit crunch first griped the markets. Interest rates then tumbled as central banks poured money into the banking system. Rates are now starting to rise as investors fret about a fiscal deficits and inflation.

New mortgage lending

New residential mortgage lending fell 10.8% in June compared to the same month last year, according to the National Institute of Statistics (INE). This is the second month in a row that new mortgage lending has fallen.

New mortgage lending is a key indicator of spirits in the housing market. 2 months of declines is not a good sign.

There were 55,143 new mortgages signed in June, just a fraction down on May, so at least on a monthly basis the news was better. Accumulated over the first half of the year, lending was down just 0.5% compared to last year.

The average loan value in June was 119,547 Euros, up 1.4% on last year, and 4% higher than May, suggesting that banks are being more selective about who they lend to, but then lending more to those they do.

Overall new residential mortgage lending was 6.6 billion Euros, down 9.6% on last year.

The average interest rate was up a fraction on May at 3.93%, and down 12.1% compared to June last year.

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Mark Stücklin is a Barcelona-based property market analyst and consultant, and author of the 'Spanish Property Doctor' column in the Sunday Times (2005 - 2008). He can be reached by email on ms@spanishpropertyinsight.com.