The sale of homes drops by 4,2% in the second quarter of the year.

80.722 homes were sold in Spain in the second quarter of 2013, representing a fall of 4,2% compared to the same period of 2012. The transactions of free properties during the second quarter of 2013 reached 76.933, representing 95,3% of the total, according to the results of the statistics on real estate transactions of homes published today by the Ministry of Infrastructure.

On the other hand, the transactions of subsidized properties reached 3.789 during that period, 4,7% of the total. The sale of new homes reached 14.056 transactions, representing 17,4% of the total, while the sale of second hand homes reached 66.666 units, 82,6%. As for the territorial distribution of the transactions, five autonomous regions present positive annual variations, while twelve regions show negative variations.

The greatest increases took place in the Canary Islands (16,2%), Catalonia (12,1%) and Murcia (9,5%), while Extremadura (-38,4%), Navarra (-33,6%) and Basque Country (-33,1%) showed the greatest decreases. The acquisitions carried out by foreigners (residents and non-residents) reached 13.632, that is 16,9% of the total. This percentage is the highest in registered history (2006-2013). In the last twelve months, from July 2012 to July 2013, the real estate transactions on homes reached 345.471, an increase if 2,3% opposite to the previous 12 months.