Any misinterpretation by the public that this rescue package would ensure credit started to flow again in Spain was quickly quashed by bank leaders like the Chief Executive of Sabadell group who stated the banks who require aid, which is most of them, will find it more difficult to lend rather than the other way round.
BBVA Chief Executive also went to press this week stating that BBVA had no intention of reducing the price of the vast assets they hold to sell them through but would in fact hold on to them until prices increased. For BBVA it could be argued this is an option given their size and overall balance sheet strength but for other lenders it will not be. BBVA will find prices drop further because of what other banks have to do so how long they can hold out without being realistic remains to be seen. Brave words that I doubt he will finally be able to stick by.
On the ground mortgages still remain available for purchasers with average rates now 3% to 3.5% above 12 month Euribor with the Euribor dropping slightly again this month from 1.26% to 1.21% for completions in July.
Average rates for those buying bank owned stock are between 1.5% to 2% but often at the cost of negotiated purchase price.
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