Property sales in Spain are forecast to reach 526,000 units in 2018, 9.3% more than the 481,000 transactions expected this year, and 21% more than last year, according to Anticipa, one of Spain’s biggest real estate servicers. All this provided that mortgage conditions and the Spanish and Euro zone economies behave as forecast.
Of the total sales, the majority are resale properties, and just 275,000 new homes. Prices for resales and new builds are expected to continue to increase by 5.8% over Q4 this year and by another 5% by the end of 2018. They will, however, remain 23% below their 2007 peak.
The figures come from the report by Anticipa Real Estate, specialists in property and loan management owned by the international fund Blackstone. The report on the Spanish property market 2017-2019 was presented at Barcelona Meeting Point by the company’s managing director Eduard Mendiluce and Josep Oliver, a lecturer at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB), whose team compiled the report.
The company’s forecast for 2018 is 85% higher than the nadir of 2013 when just 285,000 homes were sold in Spain. However, as Oliver points out, the market is still 42% below its peak of over 900,000 sales in 2006.
Building completions on new homes in Spain will also be well below their peak reached in the boom years. The report expects a total of 63,400 in 2019, compared to 62,900 in 2017. Although these figures do show a significant increase (over 48%) in relation to the low of 2016 (42,700 completed properties), volume still lies 90% below its peak.
For Catalunya, the report (published before the Catalan separatist crisis exploded) forecasts around 82,000 property sales in 2017 (an increase of 10.8%) and around 90,000 in 2018 (up 9.8%). Regarding prices, it expects increases of 6.9% this year and 6.1% for next. Given that property prices fell more than the average for Spain (almost 45% compared to 37%), in 2018 they will still be 27% below those seen in 2007.