- August 18, 2012 at 10:03 am #57006
A staggering one in four homeowners in Spain could be in negative equity by the end of the year.
Spanish house prices are set to plummet even further this year, leaving a quarter of homeowners owing more than their properties are worth. The problem is set to worsen as the government forces banks to sell real-estate holdings.
The latest figures reveal house prices will decline by as much as 12% to 14%, marking the biggest fall since the National Statistics Institute started tracking values in 2007.
It comes after Economy Minister Luis de Guindos gave lenders two years to make €50 billion of additional provisions for losses linked to real estate, forcing banks to sell assets cheaply.
“There will be more serious price drops this year because of the government decree,” said Fernando Rodriguez de Acuna Martinez, a partner at Madrid-based firm RR de Acuna.
“Banks are now prepared to incur big losses on real estate to shift all they can.”
Already Banco Santander, Spain’s largest lender, and Caixa Bank, the fourth-largest, are offering homes at discounts of as much as 50%.
- August 18, 2012 at 11:43 am #111627
As long as you can pay the bills, negative equity doesn’t become a problem until you want to sell. If you buy a house to be a home to live in long term, then nothing really changes does it?
Its different if you end up not being able to keep up with the bills, or you bought to let and the rents no longer cover the mortgages.
- August 27, 2012 at 9:42 pm #111809
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