2 June 2015 – Cinco Días
The Canary Islands, Aragón and Madrid lead the ranking in Q1 2015.
In real terms, the average national increase was 0.9%.
In Spain as a whole, the average price of unsubsidised housing amounted to €1,457.90/m2 at the end of Q1 2015. This represents a negative variation with respect to the previous quarter (-0.36%) and the previous year (-0.11%), according to data published on Monday by the Ministry of Development.
However, this decrease did not take place in every region. Positive variations were recorded in some regions with respect to the same period in 2014. House prices increased in 7 regions: Canary Islands (3.56%), Aragon (1.9%), Madrid (1.67%), Valencia (0.69%), Extremadura (0.57%), Balearic Islands (0.1%) and Andalucía (0.05%).
The other regions experienced YoY decreases: Asturias (-6.53%), Castilla y León (-3.72%), Navarra (-3.15%), Galicia (-2.29%), País Vasco (-1.47%) and Murcia, Ceuta and Melilla (-1.35%).
At the national level, and in real terms, the price of unsubsidised housing experienced a YoY increase for the second consecutive quarter, rising by 0.9%.
If we look at the historic series of the Ministry’s statistics, the average price per square metre has decreased by 30.4% since its peak in the first quarter of 2008. The decrease has been even greater in real terms: 36.3%.
The five regions in which prices have decreased the most are: Aragón (-38.47%), Murcia (-38.28%), Castilla – La Mancha (-38.25%), Valencia (33.89%) and Cataluña (33.56%). At the other extreme (where prices have decreased the least) are the autonomous cities of Melilla (-5.19%) and Ceuta (-8.63%), followed by Extremadura (-16.75%), País Vasco (-20.52%) and the Balearic Islands (-22.74%).
In towns with more than 25,000 inhabitants, the highest prices per square metre are located in four regions. The two most expensive municipalities are in País Vasco, with San Sebastián leading the ranking (€2,996/m2), followed by Getxo (€2,663/m2). In third place is the Madrid suburb of Pozuelo de Alarcón (€2,489/m2). Calvía (€2,438/m2) in the Balearic Islands occupies fourth place and Sant Cugat del Valles (€2,433) in Cataluña is in fifth place. The cities of Madrid and Barcelona occupy sixth and seventh places (€2,411/m2 and €2,397/m2, respectively).
The cheapest places include Elda (€591/m2); Almendralejo (€592/m2); Tomelloso (€610/m2); Ontinyent (€611/m2); Jumilla (€620/m2); Novelda (€628/m2) and Credvillent (€632/m2).
Finally, the average price of subsidised social housing in Spain during Q1 2015 was €1,095.40/m2, i.e. 0.41% lower than during Q4 2014, whilst the variation with respect to the same quarter in 2014 was a decrease of -0.68%.
Original story: Cinco Días (by Amanda Andrades)
Translation: Carmel Drake