Spain’s Most Expensive Homes are Located on c/Serrano & Paseo de Gràcia

1 March 2018 – Expansión

Two realities in the housing market / The recovery in prices with respect to 2008 is leaving disparate scenes. The gap between the most expensive area of Madrid, on Calle Serrano, and the most affordable district, San Cristóbal, amounts to 61 percentage points.

In the heart of Madrid, on Calle Serrano, a 90 m2 apartment costs around €857,700 (€9,530/m2) on average, 5% less than in 2008. Meanwhile, 16 kilometres south of the Golden Mile, in San Cristóbal, those same 90 m2 cost around €78,300 (€870/m2), 66% cheaper than during the years of the real estate boom. This situation is repeated right across the country, where, in many cases, the housing market is experiencing two realities in the same city. “The current housing market in Spain is certifying the recovery of house sales and reflects that there is still scope to acquire homes at much lower prices than 10 years ago”, said José María Basañez, President of TecniTasa.

Despite the high degree of activity in the sector at the moment, with increases of around 5%, it is not uncommon for people to buy a home now for less than it would have cost in 2008. In 2017, house prices were 35% below the peaks of the real estate boom, according to a Report about housing Maximums and Minimums prepared by the appraisal company TecniTasa. The situation changes as you approach the hot spots of the main capitals. The difference between the most expensive and most affordable areas of Madrid is 61 percentage points, of Barcelona is 38 points and of Sevilla is 54 points. The most affordable homes in the Andalucían capital are found in the areas of Amate/ Pino Montano/Macarena Norte and Bellavista (€990/m2), nevertheless, it is one of the few areas where prices are higher than they were a decade ago (up by 24%). It is followed by La Rambla de Pedro Lezcano in Telde (Las Palmas) where prices have risen by 9.7%; the centre of Orense (5.7%); Las Gándaras (Lugo), where prices have risen by 4.4%, and the historic centre of Toledo (1%).

The fact that the most luxurious homes are still 30% cheaper than they were in 2008, on average – on c/Serrano and Paseo de Gràcia, they exceed €9,000/m2 – and the most affordable homes are still 40% lower – in El Pilar de la Estación (Toledo) and Barrio Guinea (Castellón), they cost around €400/m2 – “is one element to take into consideration when making a purchase decision”, explain sources at the appraisal company.

Original story: Expansión (by I. Benedito)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Tinsa: House Prices Rise By 21% & 16% In Barcelona & Madrid In 1 Year

2 October 2017 – El Mundo

The housing market is continuing its gradual recovery across the country, although there are notable differences in the pace of growth depending on the area. Whilst the YoY average growth in prices is contained at the national level (4%), in the cities of Barcelona and Madrid, prices are soaring, according to provisional data from the IMIE Local Markets index published by the appraisal company Tinsa for the third quarter 2017. Specifically, house prices rose by 20.6% in the Catalan capital and by 15.5% in Madrid.

Tinsa reports that the cost of finished homes (new and second-hand) reached an average of €1,258/m2 between the months of July and September, up by 4% compared to the same period in 2016. The cumulative decrease since the pre-crisis peaks has therefore reduced to 38.6%, on average.

“The market continues to be characterised by a recovery at different speeds, with an overall positive trend, driven by the good prospects for economic growth and with the cities of Barcelona and Madrid as the main drivers of the recovery. In recent months, we have seen how other large regional capitals, such as Valencia and Sevilla, have been experiencing a positive evolution in terms of prices, whereas Zaragoza has been falling somewhat behind”, said Jorge Ripoll, Director of Research Services at Tinsa.

Ripoll said that the situation is characterised by stabilisation in most markets, given that average prices in 13 regional capitals are now lower than they were in Q3 2016. “The number of cities in that situation has decreased with respect to the previous quarter, along with the intensity of the decreases, which are becoming more moderate in general”, he said.

The same outlook at the autonomous level

The Community of Madrid, with a YoY increase of 13.2% and Cataluña (12.5%), stand out as the regions where average house prices have risen by the most over the last 12 months, way ahead of Navarra (6.6%), Cantabria (5.7%) and the Canary Islands (3.3%). At the other end of the spectrum, Extremadura (-3.3%), Castilla-La Mancha (-3.2%) and Murcia (-2.8%) are the regions that lead the price decreases in YoY terms.

If we look at the evolution of prices in 2017 alone, the Community of Madrid recorded an increase of 10.7% between January and September, compared to 8.9% in Cataluña. The region of Madrid, with an average price of €2,004/m2, strengthened its position in Q3 as the most expensive autonomous region, ahead of País Vasco (€1,931/m2), which was also outperformed in Q3 by the Balearic Islands (€1,953/m2).

The regions that record the highest difference in prices with respect to the peaks of the boom are La Rioja, where the average value is 56.1% lower than 10 years ago, followed by Castilla-La Mancha (-53.7%) and Aragón (-49.8%). The regions where average prices have been the most contained since the crisis are the Balearic Islands (-28.4%), Galicia (-32%) and Extremadura (-32.2%).

Barcelona is the most expensive city

Barcelona saw its price gap with San Sebastián widen, as prices in the Catalan capital reached €3,184/m2 compared to €2,997/m2 in the Basque capital. Both still ranked ahead of Madrid (€2,488/m2) and Bilbao (€2,204/m2) (…).

Other capital cities that recorded significant rates of YoY growth in Q3 include Tarragona (13.4%), Vitoria (10.3%), Palma de Mallorca (9.3%), Pamplona (9.1%) and Málaga (7.6%).

Original story: El Mundo

Translation: Carmel Drake

ST: New Home Prices Rose In Every Regional Capital In 2016

4 January 2017 – Expansión

According to Sociedad de Tasación, the price of new homes rose by 3.3% in 2016. It is the largest increase recorded since 2007 when, at the height of the real estate bubble, they rose by 5.1%. The price of new homes rose in every provincial capital and, for the first time since the crisis, “the rising trend was completely generalised”. Nevertheless, the price rises were moderate in almost every city. They only really stood out in Barcelona, with an increase of 6% and in Madrid, with a rise of 4.9%. Both cities continue to be the engines of growth in the sector.

The average price of new homes in Spain’s provincial capitals amounted to €2,120/m2 in December 2016 (up by 1.9% compared to the previous half year). The value of a typical 90. m2 home in the provincial capitals rose to €190,800. In other cities that are not provincial capitals, the average price of new homes amounted to €1,555/m2 in December, down by 26.6%.

“We think that 2016 was the year during which prices bottomed out, the cycle changed and the sector moved from stability to recovery, supported by price increases, transactions, the reactivation of off-plan house sales, the granting of mortgages and a decrease in the default rate. That makes us think that 2017 could be a good year for the real estate sector”, said Juan Fernández Aceytuno, Director General at Sociedad de Tasación.

Although all of the capital cities have left their losses behind, we are still seeing a two speed recovery in the residential sector. On the one hand, we have the large centres of demand and the tourist areas. On the other hand, we have the areas with the highest volumes of surplus new homes for sale, which still have several years of property digestion activity ahead of them. (…).

More confidence

The index of confidence in the evolution of the real estate sector that Sociedad de Tasación compiles stands at 54.5 points and is continuing to rise from its neutral position of 50. This means that the indicator has grown by 10 points in two years, from 44.5 at the end of 2014. La Rioja (57.9), the Balearic Islands (57.9) and Madrid (56.9) have the highest confidence indices. Castilla-La Mancha (50.9), Castilla y León (50.8) and País Vasco (49.3) have the lowest.

Meanwhile, the appraisal company’s real estate effort index amounts to 7.4 years salary for the acquisition of an average home. The Balearic Islands is once again the autonomous region where buyers need the longest time to acquire a home – 15.8 years – and La Rioja the region where buyers take the least time – 4.6 years.

Most buyers are not new households, but demand is being nourished, above all, “from investors, in particular from people looking to buy to rent or reposition themselves”, according to the Director General of the appraisal company. As such, “the challenge is to analyse in detail the demand and understand why the cohort that makes up the sociodemographic profile aged between 25 and 35 years are not buying homes at the moment”, says Fernández Aceytuno. “It may be due to job instability, wages, geographic mobility, sociodemographic changes…but really, it is more important that we analyse who are not buying homes than who is”, he added.

Original story: Expansión (by Juanma Lamet)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Cajamar Puts 2,500 Homes Up For Sale With Discounts Of Up To 30%

21 December 2016 – Expansión

Grupo Cooperativo Cajamar has put more than 2,500 properties up for sale, with discounts of up to 30%. The assets are located all over Spain, including in major regional capitals, commuter cities and small towns, according to a press release issued by the entity yesterday.

This offer from the rural saving banks of the Cajamar group will be known as the ‘Christmas Campaign’ and the discounts will apply until 31 January 2017.

The supply includes both urban and coastal properties, as well as new builds and second-hand homes. Most of the properties are located in Andalucía (890) and the Community of Valencia (790), followed by Madrid (260), Murcia (160), Cataluña (140, 60 of which are located in Tarragona) and Castilla y León (140, 110 in Valladolid).

Doubtful debt rate

As at 30 September 2016, Cajamar’s doubtful debt rate stood at 13.77%. At the height of the crisis, it reached 17%, as a result of the entity’s absorption of Ruralcaja, without any public aid, making it the entity with the second highest rate in the sector in Spain. The doubtful debt rate of its property developer business amounted to 79.04%, well above the average for the sector (25%).

The total number of doubtful assets has decreased by 20.4% in the last year, particularly thanks to the sale of a batch of loans worth €328 million. The coverage ratio amounts to 47.62%. The entry of foreclosed assets onto the balance sheet has decreased by 12.61% in the last year and now amounts to €491 million in gross terms. Sales have increased by 35.62% to €257 million.

Cajamar has an agreement with Haya Real Estate to sell its properties to individuals.

Original story: Expansión

Translation: Carmel Drake

Idealista: Non-Residential Assets Offer The Highest Returns

23 February 2016 – Expansión

Alternative Investments / Non-residential assets generate the highest returns, ranging from 4.4% in the case of garages to 7.3% in the case of commercial properties.

Commercial premises and offices offer even higher returns than housing, in general terms, although they are less affordable for the small-time real estate investor. Specifically, buying premises to let in Spain offers a gross return of 7.3%, i.e. four tenths higher than a year ago (6.9%), according to the latest rental yield report from Idealista. Garages recorded an increase and are now being rented out for 4.4% on average (eight tenths higher than the 3.6% recorded in 2014). Offices generate a gross annual yield of 6.6% (twelve months ago that figure amounted to 6.7%).

Commerical premises are the most profitable, although it is now difficult to obtain high yields in the prime areas of large cities. Córdoba is the capital with the most profitable retail assets (8.8%). It is followed by Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (8.3%), Girona (8%) and Zaragoza (8%). Barcelona and Madrid recorded returns of 7.7% and 7.6%, respectively, in this regard at 2015 year end.

Castellón has the least attractive premises for investors (with a yield of just 4.7%, albeit it far from negligible), followed by Huelva (5.4%), A Coruña and Salamanca (5.8% in both cases), according to the data from Spain’s largest real estate portal.

Offices in Zaragoza offer the juiciest return of all the regional capitals, with a gross yield of 6.9%. It is followed by Vitoria (6.6%), Santa Cruz de Tenerife (6.6%) and Sevilla (6.4%), according to the report. In Barcelona, the gross annual yield from purchasing a commercial property and renting it out amounts to 6%, compared with 5.8% in Madrid.

At the other end of the spectrum, we find the yields in Valencia (4.8%), Santander (4.9%), A Coruña and Oviedo (5% in both cases). “The office market is not as uniform as the markets for other products, which means that it is impossible to obtain statistical data for more than half of Spain’s regional capitals”, says Idealista.

In fact, the data varies by area for each city. For example, in the prime areas of Madrid and Barcelona, the return from investing in offices has stabilised, following a decrease. “We do not think that initial returns will decrease any further. Rather, they will remain stable, at around 4%, in the best areas over the next two years”, says Humphrey White, Partner and Director of the Commercial Department at the real estate consultancy Knight Frank. Later, after three, four or five years, this ratio may increase, as rents are reviewed to reflect (future) market prices, which may be higher than current prices (rental contracts specify that rents may not increase by more than CPI for five years).

“Yields stood at around 6% three years ago, but they have now stabilised at between 4%, as a minimum, and 5%”, adds White, who points out that “the market rebounded strongly in 2015”. Specifically, office leases were signed for a total surface area of 490,000 m2 in 2015, the highest figure recorded since the start of the crisis, in 2007, and that was despite the most optimistic forecasts predicting a year-end figure of around 420,000 m2, according to data from Knight Frank. (…)

Meanwhile, garages are the least profitable assets for investors in many regional capitals. The highest returns were recorded in Málaga (8.3%), followed by Santa Cruz de Tenerife (5.8%), Pamplona (5.1%) and Castellón (4.7%), according to data from Idealista. (…).

Original story: Expansión (by J. M. L.)

Translation: Carmel Drake