Fitch: House Prices Are Bottoming Out

24 March 2015 – Idealista

…but no rapid rises are expected.

The ratings agency Fitch considers that the decrease in house prices in Spain is coming to an end, but warns that the recovery will be slow. According to the company, one of the main reasons for the improvement in prices is the return of mortgage lending.

Fitch says that Spain faces a slow recovery in the housing market. It considers that prices have practically bottomed out, but rules out any rapid price increases. In fact, it points out that the high level of unemployment, together with the high supply of unsold homes constructed between 2006 and 2007, are two of the factors that will prevent a rapid rebound in prices.

It recalls that house sales increased by 19.6% year-on-year in 2014, according to data published by INE, but that despite that, the number of homes sold amounted to less than half the sales recorded in 2007. The agency expects the number of house sales to increase to move than 400,000 homes this year.

But it also believes that there will be a two-speed recovery. The slowest recovery will be seen in coastal areas and on the outskirts of large cities where there is a larger supply of homes. By contrast, in the centre of large cities, such as Madrid and Barcelona, prices will increase.

Original story: Idealista

Translation: Carmel Drake