The number of permits for new build property reached 8,305, in February, representing a 26.9% increase year-on-year. This is the third highest figure since the worst of the crisis hit new property in 2013, according to figures from Fomento.
In the first two months of this year there have been 14,999 visas granted, 17.4% more than in the same period last year, and the best year-start since 2010.
The number of new build permits granted gives an idea of where the market is currently in Spain for new property, which we also see in sales figures. Following the crisis, with just over 34,000 new homes sold in 2013, we have been seeing steady increases closing 2017 with more than 80,000 new properties sold.
Now, 2018 shows the best Jan/Feb figures since 2010. The number of licences granted in February has only been beaten twice since the end of the crisis. The first time was June 2017 with 8,344, and July 2017 with 8,326 licences.
Looking at the types of new property being built, 6,631 permits were for the construction of block apartments, an increase of 33.4%. Permits for single-family homes reached 1,674, an increase of 6.5%.