15 June 2016 – El Mundo
Holiday home price increases have spread to more than twice the number of municipalities that they were seen in last year, with the Costa del Sol, Alicante, Balearic and Canary Islands enjoying the most active markets. Meanwhile, Castellón, the Cantabrian coast, Menorca and La Palma are still seeing price decreases/stabilisation. Those are the findings of the Coastal Homes 2016 report prepared by Tinsa, which shows that prices increased in 71 of the 136 municipalities analysed along the coast during Q1 2016, compared with 35 in 2015 and 4 in 2014.
The appraisal company explained that although this trend, “which is more in line with a stabilisation phase than a clear recovery” is spreading “gradually”, the coastal market is still “very heterogeneous”, given that prices in certain locations are still decreasing at an annual rate of more than 5%. The company added that the most repeated pattern is the absence of construction as well as of transactions involving land. (…).
By municipality, the towns of Teguise and Tías, in Lanzarote, recorded the highest YoY price rises during the first quarter, with increases of 17.8% and 14%, respectively, according to provisional data from Tinsa’s appraisals. They were followed by Gavà (Barcelona) and Benicarló (Castellón), both of which saw an increase of 13.2%, and Blanes (Gerona), where prices rose by 12.8%, with respect to Q1 2015.
The largest decreases were recorded in Piélagos (Cantabria), where the average price fell by 16% over the last 12 months; Antigua (Fuerteventura), down by 12.6%; and Los Alcázares (Murcia), with a decrease of 10.6%.
Price decreases of more than 50%
Similarly, the report shows that the Spanish coast accounted for a large majority of the highest price decreases during the crisis. Of the municipalities analysed, the most intense reduction since 2007 was recorded in Mataró (Barcelona), where the average price has decreased by 59.8% since the height of the boom. (…).
Tinsa’s forecast for the next few months is characterised by stabilisation. Tinsa expects prices to remain stable in just over half of the regions analysed in its report and for prices to rise in just over a third of the areas. This forecast for improving prices focuses primarily along the coast of Valencia Alicante, Málaga, Palma de Mallorca, Canary Islands and San Sebastián, as well as along some stretches of the coast in Gerona, Barcelona, Cádiz and Asturias.
In terms of the supply of holiday homes, the report notes that it mostly comprises second-hand properties. The stock generated in recent years as a result of the slowdown in financing and sales is gradually being absorbed.
Moreover, Tinsa’s technical network classifies the over-supply of holiday homes as “very abundant” in just 8 of the 55 regions. These include the northern coast of Castellón; the Manga del Mar Menor; the west of Almería; the south of Barcelona; the central stretch of the Tarragona coast; the western region of Cádiz and the eastern coast of Vizcaya.
To evaluate the degree of difficulty in terms of stock absorption, Tinsa concludes that the current stock is “manageable in the short term” in 56% of the regions. This group includes the coasts of the provinces of Girona, Valencia, Huelva, Granada and San Sebastián, as well as Ibiza, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, and most of the provinces of Alicante, Murcia and Cádiz. (…).
Original story: El Mundo
Translation: Carmel Drake