INE: The Number of Mortgage Signings Soared by 34% YoY in April

27 June 2018 – Expansión

The number of mortgages constituted over homes in Spain amounted to 28,724 in April 2018, which represents an increase of 34.2% compared to the same month in 2017.

According to data published today by Spain’s National Institute of Statistics (INE), the increase with respect to the month of March was 9%. In terms of the cumulative numbers so far this year, the increase amounts to 11.6%.

Meanwhile, the capital loaned rose by 46.5% in April 2018, compared to April last year, to €3.5 billion. Moreover, the average amount loaned in April of this year amounted to €123,256, up by 9.1% in YoY terms.

By nature of property, mortgages constituted over homes accounted for 64.7% of all the capital lent in April.

For mortgages constituted over homes, the average interest rate in April 2018 was 2.67% (16.7% lower than in April 2017) and the average term was 24 years. 60.6% of mortgages over homes were constituted at floating rates and 39.4% at fixed rates. Fixed rate mortgages experienced a 30.7% increase in YoY terms.

The average interest rate at the beginning of a mortgage term is 2.42% for floating rate mortgages over homes (a decrease of 22.3%) and 3.15% for fixed rate mortgages (6.1% lower).

Fernando Encinar, Head of Research at Idealista, considers that the “significant increase in the volume of mortgages registered in April with respect to last year should be adjusted for the effect of Easter, although even taking the sum of March and April in both years, the increase is still a healthy 12%”.

According to him, “the banks are still willing to grant mortgages, they are opening their hands slightly, but they are not the motors behind the rise in house sales. Fixed rate products are rising slightly with respect to floating rates, and so are the prices of them, undoubtedly the result of more expensive financing. Even so, more mortgages are still being repaid than registered”.

For Ferran Font, Head of Research at pisos.com, these data confirm “that in March, we were not looking at a change in trend, but rather the effect of Easter, which fell in April in 2017. That percentage strengthens the growing trend in recent months, after a month of negative YoY growth”.

By region, the autonomous regions with the highest number of mortgages constituted over homes in April was the Community of Madrid (6,018), Andalucía (5,154) and Cataluña (4,700).

Meanwhile, the highest YoY variation rates were recorded in the Balearic Islands (66.7%), the Community of Madrid (62.4%) and Castilla-La Mancha (54.2%).

The autonomous regions where the most capital has been loaned for the constitution of mortgages were the Community of Madrid (€997.9 million), Cataluña (€708.1 million) and Andalucía (€531.8 million).

In total, 40,005 mortgages over properties were signed in April, up by 36.5% with respect to a year earlier. Of the total, 1,350 corresponded to rural properties (+21.4%) and 38,655 to urban assets (+37.1%).

Original story: Expansión 

Translation: Carmel Drake

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