INE: Mortgage Lending Rose By Just 7.1% In October

22 December 2015 – Cinco Días

The signing of new mortgages to purchase homes increased by just 7.1% YoY in October, down from 20.2% a month earlier, with 19,195 new mortgage loans constituted in total.

According to data published yesterday by Spain’s National Institute of Statistics (INE), the signing of mortgages decreased by 19.4% compared with the month of September, which affected the YoY statistics.

The total amount of mortgages granted to purchase homes in October amounted to €2,144.2 million, up by 18.7% compared with the same month in 2014 and down by 18% compared with the previous month.

Moreover, in October, 28,989 mortgages were signed for all kinds of properties, including both rural and urban buildings, up by almost 5% compared with a year earlier, but down by 19.5% compared with the previous month.

The amount of capital loaned by Spanish institutions to constitute these loans amounted to €4,040 million, 12.5% more than in October 2014 and 15.6% less than in September.

More than half of all of the mortgages constituted in October, specifically, 53.1%, involved homes, according to INE’s data, which also revealed that 90.3% of the loans had variable interest rates, versus 9.7% which had fixed interest rates.

Euribor was the preferred reference rate for the constitution of variable rate mortgages, specifically it was used in 92% of all new variable rate contracts. The average interest rate, at the beginning of the mortgage terms, for home loans was 3.30%, which was 8.2% lower than during the same period in 2014.

In total, changes to the conditions of 12,457 mortgages were recorded in the property registers, down by 18% compared with last year. For homes, the number of mortgages whose conditions were modified decreased by 19.4%. (…).

By autonomous region, the areas that recorded the highest number of new mortgage constitutions over homes in October were: Andalucía (3,551); Cataluña (3,138) and the Community of Madrid (3,033).

The autonomous regions that recorded the highest YoY rates of change were the Balearic Islands (61.8%), País Vasco (43.7%) and the Canary Islands (32.8%).

The autonomous regions that loaned the most capital for the constitution of mortgages over homes were the Community of Madrid (€513.0 million); Cataluña (€388.5 million) and Andalucía (€335.0 million).

The autonomous regions with the highest month on month positive rates of change in the number of home loan mortgages were La Rioja (19.1%); Murcia (12.1%) and the Canary Islands (9.7%).

Meanwhile, the autonomous regions that recorded the highest MoM decreases were the Community of Madrid (38.7%); Navarra (36.2%) and Aragón (30.4%).

Original story: Cinco Días

Translation: Carmel Drake

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