6 May 2015 – Expansión
The price of second-hand homes increased by 1.1% in April compared to March, after seven months of continuous inter-monthly decreases. The increases were widespread: they were recorded in no less than 43 provinces and 15 autonomous communities, according to statistics from Fotocasa and the IE Business School.
Moreover, house prices increased in April in 460 of the 733 municipalities analysed in this report – 63% of the total, i.e. two thirds. Meanwhile, prices remained stable in 17 municipalities and decreased in 256.
The average cost per square metre of second-hand homes amounted to €1,636 last month. In terms of the quarterly variation, the price of second-hand homes (those aged more than two years old) increased by 0.4% with respect to January 2015.
Second-hand homes got more expensive last month in 15 autonomous communities, i.e. everywhere except for the País Vasco (-0.2%) and Navarra (-0.6%). The greatest increases were recorded in the Canary Islands (up by 3% in just one month) and the Balearic Islands (+2.3%).
This index shows the stabilisation of house prices in Spain. The fact that prices are continuing to increase month after month is an indicator of a trend towards recovery.
The quarterly variation was 0.4%, something not seen since February 2010, a rate that exceeds the variation recorded 12 months ago by 1.8 percentage points.
In terms of the evolution of house prices by province, of the 43 provinces in which price rises were recorded in monthly terms, the highest growth was seen in Toledo (7.4%). Prices decreased in just three provinces: Vizcaya (-0.1%), Navarra (-0.6%) and Palencia (-0.7%). House prices did not vary in four autonomous communities.
Meanwhile, BBVA Real Estate’s Research Department said yesterday that the stock of unsold homes is going to decrease significantly, although around 300,000 homes are practically “unsellable”. Despite that, the sector’s contribution to GDP will amount to around 5% in 2015.
Original story: Expansión (by Juanma Lamet)
Translation: Carmel Drake