Sareb Expects To Complete 22 Housing Developments In 2015

11 May 2015 – El Economista

The Asset Management Company for Bank Restructurings (Sareb) expects to finalise (the construction of) 22 housing developments during the course of the year; in the meantime it will study the selection of 60 other construction works with a view to their completion.

Sources at the so-called ‘bad bank’ have explained to Europa Press that the developments that will be completed this year are located in (the autonomous communities of) Cataluña, Valencia, Galicia, Castilla y León, Extremadura, Madrid and Cantabria, and they have indicated that “in theory” they will be available for sale.

In 2014, the company approved the launch of 52 housing developments and 30 of those obtained their First Occupancy Licence during the year. Investments in real estate assets during the year amounted to €35.6 million, primarily focused on the urbanisation of land and plots (of land) and on the progression and finalisation of work in progress.

Specifically, 19 developments were approved in Cataluña, 17 in Valencia, four in Galicia, three in Cantabria, three in Castilla y León, two in Castilla-La Mancha, two in Madrid, one in Extremadura and one in La Rioja. Of those, it is expected that the following developments will be completed this year: nine in Cataluña, five in Valencia, two in Galicia, two in Castilla y León, one in Extremadura, one in Madrid and two in Cantabria.

Maintain the rate of property sales

Sareb has set itself the objective of maintaining the rate of property sales at close to 15,000 in 2015 and retaining its position amongst the five largest players in the market. It is also seeking to increase the quality of services through its new “servicers”.

The ‘bad bank’ is looking to intensify its offer to those investors that specialise in adding value, as well as to sell a “wide range” of portfolios to institutional investors during the year.

The company generated income of €1,115 million during 2014, thanks to sales to specialist investors. It also closed eleven major transactions, primarily involving loans, which accounted for 84% of its wholesale transactions (during the year).

In this way, Sareb closed the sale of the following portfolios: ‘Kaplan’ (loans to SMEs secured by residential property and land); ‘Crossover’ (land in Alicante, Baleares, Barcelona and Madrid); ‘Dorian’ (rental housing); ‘Klaus’ (loans to SMEs); and ‘Pamela’ (loans secured by buildings in Madrid).

Other transactions included the sale of ‘Agatha’ (loans and rental property); ‘Aneto’ (loans secured by residential property and land); ‘Olivia’ (loans secured by residential and commercial property); ‘Meridian’ (loans secured by tourist assets); and ‘Corona’ (offices leased in Madrid).

Original story: El Economista

Translation: Carmel Drake