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Property Transfer Tax Reduced in Andalucia

A new flat rate of 7% will be welcomed

Some good news for property buyers recently announced is that the Andalusian government has approved a decree that includes a reduction in the Property Transfer Tax on the purchase and sale of second-hand homes. Previously, there were three rates set at 8%, 9% and 10% (depending on the property value) but these will now be Continue Reading

Slight Fall in House Prices in First Quarter

Prices fell -1.16% in the first quarter of 2021

Average second-hand house prices in Spain in March 2021 reached 1,699 euros per square meter. This figure represents a drop of -1.16% compared to December 2020. Year-on-year, the increase was 0.56%. The monthly variation when compared to February 2021 was -0.64%. The predictions for price falls that second-hand house prices would suffer due to the Continue Reading

Home Sales and Mortgages Decline in February

New mortgages fell 12.8% compared to last year

Data provided by the College of Property Registrars on the home sales and of new mortgages registered during the month of February confirms the downward trend and the impact on the market of the coronavirus pandemic. After the bad start seen in January, with the biggest drop seen in mortgages (-30.4%) and the return to Continue Reading

Spanish Home Sales Up in December

Property sales fell -17.7% across Spain

The number of property transfers registered in the property registers (from public deeds) in December 2020 was 150,891, which is 9.1% more than in the same month of 2019. In the case of registered property sales, the number of transfers is 76,516, with an annual increase of 7.2%. 84.3% of the sales registered in December Continue Reading

Andalucia Top For Home Sales in October

Andalucia still popular with home buyers

In Spain, there was 156,875 property transfers registered in the property registers in October. This is 8.2% less than in the same month of 2019, according to figures released by the INE. Of those transfers, 77,536 related to property sales/purchases, an annual decrease of 11.6%. Of those sales, 84.2% were in regard to urban properties, Continue Reading

Drop in Foreign Buyers in First Half of 2020

First half of 2020 saw loss of foreign buyers

The sale of housing to foreign buyers suffered greatly during the early stages of lockdown resulting in a negative variation in the first half of 2020. Notaries recorded 37.4% fewer transactions than in the same half of the previous year. For the first six months of 2020, home purchases made by foreign buyers accounted for Continue Reading

Disposable Income Falling as House Prices Rise

Mortgages account for 41% of salary, on average

In 2019, the average monthly mortgage repayment was 591 euros, in Spain, according to the College of Notaries. Looking at renting, the average monthly rent was 966 euros. In both cases, the percentage or monthly income allocated to housing costs is well above that recommended by the Bank of Spain. “The economic capacity of families Continue Reading

Home Sales Down 12% in August

New Home sales increased 6.4% in August

In August, the number of home sales in Spain fell by 12.1% when compared to August 2019. Considering what the country has been through in recent months this is not a big fall and is far smaller than many expected. This also shows that the property market is resilient and is recovering well from the Continue Reading

Pandemic Affecting House Prices in Q3

Madrid is the most expensive community for housing

The price of second-hand housing in Spain saw a fall of 1.5% during the third quarter of 2020, and a 2.4% fall year-on-year in September. This places the average cost per square metre at 1,845 euros, according to new figures from fotocasa. This is the first third-quarter fall for three years following increases of 4.8% Continue Reading

Home Sales Increase Following End of Lockdown

Sales of second-hand property up 18.8%

In July, there was 144,522 property transfers registered in the property registers, 21.5% less than in the same month of 2019. However, compared to June 2020, the number of transfers increased by 28.6% showing that the lifting of some of the Covid restrictions is bringing life back to the property market. The total number of Continue Reading