Dont suppose we know the last time when mortgage numbers were this low? Can we get the historical data from somewhere for a comparison?
I thought I read somewhere it was 1988. I’m a bit vague on that.
Edit: Possibly the answer is they have NEVER been this low.
The number of mortgages issued for Spanish homes in October dropped the most since April 2009 as the expiry of a tax incentive at year-end approached.
The number of home mortgages fell 24 percent from a year earlier, the National Statistics Institute said in a statement today. Mortgage lending in terms of capital loaned declined 33 percent from a year earlier, the most since October 2009, it said.
The drop in mortgages coincides with a slide in home sales, which fell 17.7 percent from a year earlier in October to the lowest level on record. Homes sales had increased through the first eight months of the year ahead of a year-end deadline to lock in a tax rebate, valued at as much as 1,352 euros ($1,779) a year.
Total housing permits fell 34 percent in October from a year ago, the Development Ministry said in a separate statement today.