The Market for Land Makes a Come Back in Valencia

25 March 2019 – El Mundo

The stars are aligning in the real estate sector in Valencia. Investors and developers alike are keen to get there hands on the raw material there – land. Activity in the segment is still well below its peak of the boom but the recovery is now well underway.

According to the latest figures from the Ministry of Development, during 2018, the number of land sale operations increased, as did the total surface area sold and the total amount of the transactions. The market for land is still on the rise, even though the average prices being paid for plots has decreased.

In this way, 1,884 land sales were completed in the Community of Valencia during 2018, up by 11.1% YoY, when 1,687 sales were recorded. That is the highest figure since just before real estate bubble burst – 3,199 operations were recorded across the three provinces in 2007.

In total, 3.9 million m2 of land was sold last year, compared with 3.35 million m2 in 2017. Not since 2007 has more land been transacted in a single year – 5.4 million m2 of land was sold in 2007.

In total, investment in urban land amounted to €373.5 million last year, compared to €345.7 million the previous year. That is the highest figure since 2009 when €512 million was invested.

Moreover, the outlook for the year ahead is positive. More and larger land purchases are forecast, although the stock of plots with the most potential is starting to run out.

In terms of prices, the average price per square metre fell by 18% in Q4 2018 in YoY terms to €149.6/m2. Nevertheless, the average price rose by 21.7% to €217.9/m2 in those municipalities with more than 50,000 inhabitants in Alicante. That price compares very favourably with the average for municipalities with more than 50,000 inhabitants across the rest of Spain, where prices increased by 6.3% to €292/m2.

Original story: El Mundo (by F. D. G.)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

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