La Generalitat to Auction c.20 Homes in Barcelona for €6M

29 May 2018 – Eje Prime

La Generalitat is going to auction off inhabited homes in Barcelona. The Catalan government is going to sell around twenty homes in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat for an asking price of €7.7 million in the first auction and €6.2 million in the second, according to information provided in La Generalitat’s Official Gazette.

The residential portfolio for sale comprises 16 homes and three detached houses, all of which are rental properties and all of which are currently occupied. The auction will be conducted in blocks in order to prevent the tenants from using the right of first refusal over their own homes. Nevertheless, the future owner of the homes is going to have to subrogate the lease contracts.

The apartments for sale are located opposite Plaza Europa and the Gran Vía 2 shopping centre in L’Hospitalet, at numbers 15-23 Calle Ciencies. In those blocks, in addition to the homes, La Generalitat is going to auction off two premises and 23 parking spaces with storerooms. With regard to the detached family homes, they are located on another urbanisation, on Calles Mileva Maric and Hanna Arendt.

The current tenants of the apartments pay between €800, in the case of the homes with the oldest rents, and €1,600 per month for the detached family homes. Each home has a surface area that ranges between 78 m2 and 120 m2 and has two, three or four bedrooms.

The auction, which will see the deadline for the presentation of offers close on 9 July, will be held on the 19th of that same month through Addmeet, the online real estate platform that has already managed other large public sales in other Spanish cities.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

Blackstone Sells 19 Plots of Land in NW Madrid to Ibosa

12 March 2018 – El Confidencial

A large-scale operation has been closed in the real estate market in Madrid. Grupo Ibosa has purchased the largest batch of “finalist” land – also known as land that is ready to be built on – in the north of Madrid from the US fund Blackstone for €16 million. The plots are located in one of the areas with the highest purchasing power in the whole Spanish capital, next to La Zarzuela race track, in Valdemarín (Aravaca), where properties, the vast majority of which are family homes, cost upwards of €1 million.

According to various sources, the cooperative manager is working with Gran Roque Capital, the real estate management company owned by the Venezuelan businessman Miguel Ángel Capriles, and the fund Urbania Internacional, with whom it has constructed various projects in the area.

The acquired land is divided into 19 plots – with surface areas ranging between 500 m2 and 750 m2 each (…). They used to belong to Jardines del Hipódromo, a company owned by Inmobiliaria Monteverde, which filed for creditors’ bankruptcy at the end of 2011. At the end of 2016, Mercantile Court nº8 in Madrid convened the auction of the plots – the company’s only asset – which ended up in the hands of Blackstone, one of its creditors after it purchased the debt that the company had taken out with Banco Sabadell and La Caixa (…).

Grupo Ibosa has also purchased land in Aravaca from Blackstone, specifically, on Calle Diplomáticos, where it is going to build eight luxury family homes measuring 700 m2 on plots spanning 1,000 m2. And, it has an agreement with another owner for another plot in Valdemarín to build another dozen houses.

In total, three transactions – which amount to around 24,000 m2 in total – involving a very scarce asset in the capital, which has led to real competition between property developers and investment funds and an important upwards pressure in prices. In total, Grupo Ibosa is going to build almost 40 units from whose sale it expects to obtain revenues of more than €55 million. In all three cases, the developments will be carried out under the cooperative regime (…).

A sought-after neighbourhood

Valdemarín is one of the most sought-after neighbourhoods in Madrid for young directors and Spanish executives. A neighbourhood where homes cost upwards of €1 million and where plots of land – like in the neighbouring El Barrial – are really scarce. New build properties are also in short supply, which has led to significant price increases of 20% (10% per annum) in recent years. According to the sources consulted, everything that comes onto the market is sold very quickly.

“Within Aravaca, Valdemarín has become fashionable thanks to its good schools and access to Madrid,” say sources at Engel & Völkers, which places the maximum price that can be paid in the area at €6,300/m2 (…).

Original story: El Confidencial (by E. Sanz)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Ministry of Development: New Home Permits Soared by 27% in 2017

31 January 2018 – Eje Prime

Permits for the construction of homes are skyrocketing. The residential sector is experiencing a sweet moment and that is reflected by the good data that the Ministry of Development has compiled regarding the number of permits processed for the construction of homes.

In 2017, around 81,500 permits were requested. Note, the total number of permits requested during the whole of the previous year (2016) was exceeded in November 2017, with 74,960 requests. Those figures represent a YoY increase of 27.2% and complete four consecutive years of growth.

Between January and November, the bulk of demand for permits was made for the construction of block housing, which accounted for 56,714 permits, up by 30% compared to 2015, and accounting for 75% of the total number of requests.

Meanwhile, detached homes recorded a YoY increase of 14%, with 17,941 such permits requested. Moreover, requests to extend homes also grew last year, by 8.9% with respect to 2016, to reach 2,039 approvals.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

AEV: Activity Is Returning To The Home Appraisal Sector

17 March 2015 – El Economista

Activity is returning in the home appraisal sector, with increasingly higher growth each quarter; meanwhile the real estate market is stabilising, according to data from the Spanish Association of Value Analysis (AEV).

Thus, the number of building projects valued, which amounted to 179 in the first quarter of 2014, increased to 224 in the second quarter and to 367 in the third quarter.

Similarly, new appraisals of individual homes, which experienced year-on-year growth of 7% during the first half of the year, accelerated to 10% in the third quarter.

Prices are not rising in the same way

However, the recovery in the sector is not being accompanied by an increase in prices, according to the AEV. The average appraisal values for housing blocks continued to decrease to September 2014, from an average value of €1,342/m2 in the first quarter down to €1,262/m2 in the third quarter, i.e. a decrease of 5.9%.

Meanwhile, data regarding detached homes (viviendas unifamiliar) showed stability during the course of the first nine months (of 2014).

For the secretary of AEV, José Manuel Gómez de Miguel, this data “provides statistical confirmation of the recovery in the residential sector and of the solvent demand for credit that had already begun to be felt in 2014”.

Original story: El Economista

Translation: Carmel Drake

Notaries: House Sales Decreased By 10.9% In January 2015

17 March 2015 – El Mundo

House sales decreased by 10.9% in January 2015 with respect to January 2014 and prices fell by 6%.

On the up side, the volume of new mortgages increased by 11.4%.

The real estate statistics published by the General Council of Notaries relating to the month of January 2015, have somewhat dampened the euphoria that the housing market has been enjoying in recent weeks. The notaries report a 10% decrease in sales and a 6% year-on-year reduction in prices. Nevertheless, on the up side, the notaries indicate that during the first month of the year, mortgage lending increased by 11.4%.

According to these house purchase figures, there were 21,320 transactions in January, which represented a year-on-year decrease of 10.9%. “Despite this decrease in the monthly figures, the data actually reflects a stabilisation in terms of sales. This decrease may be explained by the end of the ‘base affect’ due to the normalisation of the figures following the conclusion of the period for tax deductions on purchases”, explain the notaries.

By type of property, the sale of flats experienced a year-on-year decrease of 11.5%, similar to the decline observed for unsubsidised flats (-11.4%). This decrease in the volume of transactions was due, primarily, to the significant decline in the sale of new flats (-31.8%). Meanwhile, the sale of second-hand flats shrank by 7.6% year-on-year. Regarding the sale of detached homes (viviendas unifamiliares), the number of transactions decreased by 8.4%.

Price decreases

In terms of average prices, the cost per square metre of homes purchased in January was €1,234, which represented a year-on-year decrease of 6%. This reduction in the price per square metre of homes was driven by both a reduction in the price per square metre of flats (-5.6% year-on-year), as well as a decrease in the price per square metre of detached homes (viviendas unifamiliares) (-6.4%).

In the flat segment, the price per square metre of second-hand properties amounted to €1,347 (-3.2% year-on-year) and of new homes amounted to €1,624 (-12.5% year-on-year). In terms of detached homes (viviendas unifamiliares), the average cost per square metre amounted to €1,001, i.e. 5.4% lower than in January 2014.

Mortgage lending is on the increase

Meanwhile, the number of mortgage loans granted to purchase homes increased by 11.4% year-on-year, and the average amount of capital loaned amounted to €126,989 (up by +9.2% year-on-year). In this sense, the percentage of home purchases financed using a mortgage amounted to 41.5%. Moreover, for this type of purchase, with financing, the mortgage amount represented an average of 76.2% of the appraisal value of the house financed.

Original story: El Mundo

Translation: Carmel Drake