There were 142,976 property transfers (sales/purchases, inheritance, exchange, donation) registered in the property records in August. This is 5.9% more than in the same month last year. This is yet another increase and adds further confirmation that the Spanish property market is recovering well from years of slowdown following the 2007 crisis.
In terms of property sales, there were 79,374 transactions recorded in August, an annual increase of 14.3%, according to the latest data from the INE.
Of the property purchases registered in August 87.8% were urban properties, with the remaining 12.2% being rural. In the case of urban properties 59.3% were home sales.
The number of transactions involving rural properties recorded an annual increase of 8.1%. Sales/purchases of urban property increased by 15.2%. Within urban properties, sales of housing recorded an annual increase of 16%.
When compared to the previous month, the variation in regard to home sales was +6.3%. This is 0.7 points less than in the same month of the previous year. The monthly variation for all property sales was +2.5%.
By Autonomous Community
In August, the total number of property transfers in the property records per 100,000 inhabitants reached its highest values in La Rioja (644), Castile and Leon (553) and Aragon (542).
Castilla-La Mancha (17.2%), Galicia (14.3%) and Cantabria (12.6%) recorded the highest annual rates of change.
The lowest annual variations were found in Comunidad Foral de Navarra (-14.0%), Extremadura (-12.5%) and Aragon (-10.1%).
Regarding the purchase of houses, the communities with the highest number of transmissions per 100,000 inhabitants are Valencia (163), Illes Balears (152) and Andalusia (125).
The communities with the largest annual increases in the number of housing sales in August were Castilla-La Mancha (37.9%), Valencia (32.5%) and Galicia (23.0%).
The lowest annual variations recorded in August were in Navarra (1.9%), Basque Country (4.0%) and La Rioja (4.4%).