Euribor mortgage rate ends year trending down but repayments rise for many

A summary of the Latest Euribor and Spanish mortgage news

Euribor (12 months), the interest rate typically used to calculate mortgage repayments in Spain, fell for the forth month in a row to end the year at 2.01, a percentage fall of 1.7pc on the previous month.

Compared to the 12 months ago, however, Euribor rose by 33.4pc, meaning higher mortgage repayments for all those on annually resetting mortgages.

Base rates cut

The European Central Bank (ECB) cut base rates from 1.25 to 1.00 during December, the second cut in 2 months since the Italian Mario Draghi took over as the new Governor. Markets were expecting the cut, and judging by Euribor’s recent trend do not expect rates to increase any time soon. As you can see from the following chart, Eurozone base rates are still significantly higher then the US, the UK, and Japan.

New motgage lending continues shrinking

New mortgage lending continued to shrink in October, with new mortgage approvals down 43pc to 23,193 (and down 46.5pc by value), according to figures from the INE. It’s clear the credit crunch is well and truly back in Spain, as you can see from the following chart showing the annualised change in new mortgage approvals.



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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