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Spanish Property Prices Rise For First Time Since Bubble Burst


The House Price Index published by the Property Registrars using the Case Shiller model reveals that residential property prices in Spain rose 1.15% in the third quarter compared to the same period last year.

That is the first time this index has edged clearly into positive territory since the Spanish housing bubble burst, as illustrated by the chart above.

On a quarterly basis prices were basically stable, with a decline of just 0.08% between June and September.

The peak to present fall in house prices is 32.4% according the Registrars’ figures.

“These figures paint a picture of stable house prices,” explains the press release from the Registrars.

Transactions Rise

“The registered number of homes sold also shows a favourable evolution,” say the Registrars, revealing that transactions increased 1.4% to 79,561 sales in the third quarter compared to the second. The market bottomed out with 72,560 sales in Q4 2013.

The improvement was driven by resale properties with 52,127 sales, practically double those of new builds (27,434). Resale transactions were up 4,268 on Q2, meaning a quarterly rise of 8.92%, against a fall of 10.36% in new builds.

Cummulative sales over 12 months were 313,607, up by 2,743 on Q2 when a record low was reached (310,864).

Andalucia was the autonomous regions with the most sales, 16,006 transactions, followed by the Valencian Community (12,189), Catalonia (11,975) and Madrid (10,883).


Mortgage Defaults Decline

According to the report on Mortgage Default, the number of bank demands notifying the start of repossession proceedings in Q3 was 13,421, a decrease of 5,500 compared with Q2 (18,921), dropping the quarterly figure by 29.07 per cent.

64.25 per cent of bank repossession demands were issued to individuals with the remainder going to companies. As regards nationality, 10.03 per cent of demands went to foreigners and 89.97 per cent to Spaniards. The autonomous regions with the most repossession demands were Andalucia (3,176), Catalonia (2,928) and the Valencian Community (2,113).

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