HOME SALES IN APRIL 2022: Another month of double-digit growth

Blue columns = sales (left axis), Black line area = YoY% change (right axis)

Spanish home sales increased by 16% in April, the 14th consecutive month of double-digit growth in a post-pandemic boom that could be showing the first signs of abating.

There were 60,734 home sales witnessed by Spanish notaries in April, and 234,808 in the year-to-date (first four months), according to the latest data from the notaries’ association. That meant a 16% increase compared to the same month last year, and 20% up year to date.

Compared to the ‘normal’ i.e. pre-pandemic year of 2019, April sales were up 21%, and by 24% year to date.

The 12-month rolling sales total illustrates how dramatic the post-pandemic recovery has been, but the last few months show the sales growth trend year-on-year turning down. That could be the first sign of the post-pandemic boom abating.

By region sales were up by double-digits in all regions of interest to foreign investors except Madrid (+1%) and Murcia (-2%). Sales growth was most pronounced in the Canaries (+45%), the Balearics (+23%) and Andalusia (+22%).

The notaries also revealed that Spanish house prices increased by an average of 6.6% in April compared to last year.

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