10 May 2017 – Expansión
House prices are continuing to rise sharply, boosted by an acceleration in the large cities and in the Balearic and Canary Islands, according to the latest estimates from the appraisal company Tinsa. Specifically, the price per square metre of properties rose by 2% in April with respect to the same month last year, according to figures published yesterday.
Although those figures are seven-tenths lower than those registered in March for the country as a whole, we cannot speak of a slowdown, given that the general trend over the last few years has been increasingly bullish. Moreover, the data also reveals a growing acceleration in several key markets, such as the large cities, where prices rose by 6.1%, and the Balearic and Canary Islands, where property prices rose by 4%.
In this way, the rise in house prices in Spain’s provincial capitals and large cities has accelerated by six-tenths with respect to the same month last year, to reach its highest rate since the outbreak of the crisis. This increase is being spearheaded by some of the prime areas of Madrid and Barcelona, where supply is constrained and demand is rocketing. Nevertheless, over the last few months, the price rises have been spreading to more and more neighbourhoods, given the strong buyer pressure in the most sought-after areas.
Meanwhile, property prices in the Balearic and Canary Islands are rising at a rate of 4%, driven by two main factors. On the one hand, the high level of demand from overseas buyers. On the other hand, the purchase of homes as investments, given that owners can rent them out easily for short-stays for most of the year, which raises their yields. Prices in these regions have fallen by 27.8% since 2007, i.e. by one-third less than the average.
On the other hand, this situation contrasts with the weakness in house prices along the Mediterranean Coast, in metropolitan areas and small towns, where there the stock of homes for sale is greater and demand is lower. (…).
(…). By way of illustration, house prices in the Mediterranean region are still 46% lower than their peak levels of 2007. (…).
In metropolitan areas, prices are still falling, with a decrease in property prices of 2.6%. That data also represents a slowdown of more than two points with respect to last month and is a kick in the teeth for a market that has seen its price plummet by 45.9% since the real estate bubble burst. The reason is precisely due to the fact that the crash in the market made house prices in the centre of large cities more affordable, which meant that most buyers did not have to move tens of kilometres away to buy a home.
Original story: Expansión (by P. Cerezal)
Translation: Carmel Drake