Housing Price Index Shows Increase

2015 Second Quarter

At the close of the quarter the annual rate of the HPI stands at 4.0%. This represents an increase in house prices to 4.2% when compared with the previous quarter.

Following a decrease of 0.6% over the first quarter of the year, the second quarter finished with a flurry increasing by 2 and a half points from 1.5% to 4.0% with increases showing in both new and resale property.

The index for new properties increased to 4.9%, representing almost one full point increase on the previous quarter, while the index for resale property increaseed 2.7 points finishing the quarter at 3.8%.

The rates also increased across the country with all autonomous communitites registering an increase, other than Castilla La Mancha, where the rate remained at 1.8%.

The greatest increases were shown in Cantabria and the Balaeric Islands with increases of 5.4 and 4.5 points, respectively.

Lucas Fox Q1 and Q2 2012 property market reports

Leading Spanish Luxury Property Agency sees volume of sales transactions nearly triple in the first half of 2012 in key Market Locations

2012 first and second quarterly results published in the Lucas Fox Luxury Real Estate Market Reports suggest continued solid interest in Barcelona, Ibiza and Mallorca, with Lucas Fox reporting almost three times as many sales transactions compared to the first half of 2011.

October 2012 (BARCELONA, Spain): Lucas Fox has released Q1 and Q2 2012 property market reports for:

Each half-year Lucas Fox publishes an analysis of trends within the luxury property markets of Barcelona, Ibiza, Mallorca and Costa Brava, using information collated from buyers and property owners in key luxury market locations.

Commenting on the report Lucas Fox Director Alex Vaughan said, “We have had a strong start to 2012, with almost three times as many sales transactions as in the same period in 2011. We have increasingly seen sellers adjust their prices to reflect the realities of market conditions, attracting new investors to the luxury property market in all our locations.”

Summarising the findings from Lucas Fox’s four key market locations, Alex Vaughan stated:

  • “In Barcelona we have seen a pricing readjustment across-the-board, sparking a new wave of foreign investor interest in some of our most sought-after locations. Many buyers who have been carefully monitoring the market throughout 2011 are realizing that it is a perfect time to snare quality properties in Barcelona’s prime property hot spots”,
  •  “The healthy interest in Ibiza property seen in 2011 has been reflected in the first half of 2012, resulting in another strong year for this market. Ibiza’s image as a party island is giving way to a greater reputation as a luxury Mediterranean holiday destination and this is further reinforced with the recent completion of the stunning Life Marina Ibiza apartment complex.”
  • “The second quarter of 2012 ended with an upsurge in investor interest and luxury property sales in Mallorca. There has been particular interest in seafront properties, country houses and large apartments in Palma Old Town amongst foreign buyers. Interest in prime Mallorca properties is expected to extend through the peak sales season until the end of the third quarter, at least.”
  • “In the Costa Brava, the number of sales transactions remains low, though comparable with 2011 levels. Unique properties in exclusive locations are still attracting a lot of interest and in some cases still exchanging close to asking price. In these cases buyers are investing primarily as a lifestyle decision and many are attracted by the potential revenue from luxury rentals, providing a return on investment whilst the market remains uncertain. Sales transactions are expected to remain slow for the rest of 2012, but we expect an increase heading into 2013 as buyers begin to sense that we are nearing the bottom of the market ”

“At Lucas Fox, we expect to experience strong third and fourth quarters in 2012, particularly in Barcelona, Ibiza and Mallorca, and steady sales activity in the Costa Brava in what is traditionally the peak buying season. Lifestyle investors are carefully watching the local luxury property market and beginning to make their moves as they recognise that prices have neared their lowest points. This has been reflected in a growing trend which has seen investors reacting quickly to the availability of high-class properties in prime locations across each area,” said Mr Vaughan.

Founded in 2005, real estate agency Lucas Fox specializes in offering quality luxury properties, a professional approach and a high level of service. The company has offices in Barcelona, the Costa Brava, Ibiza, Mallorca and Portugal.

Home sales increase 15.6% in the second quarter

The results of statistics on residential property transactions made before a notary, released on Friday by the Ministry of Development, show that in the second quarter of 2012, 80,235 homes were sold in Spain, which represents an increase of 15.6% over the previous quarter.

In the period between June 2011 and June 2012, the number of notarised residential property transactions amounted to 333,562.

The figure recorded in the second quarter of 2012 represents a decrease of 11.6% compared to the same period of 2011.

In relation to the territorial distribution, two regions recorded positive annual variations, the Canary Islands and Valencia, with increases of 1.4% and 0.2% respectively, while at the opposite extreme were the declines recorded for Cantabria (-36.3%), the Basque Country (-31.1%), Navarra (-30.0%) and Madrid (-28.9%).

Eight provinces registered growth, led by Lleida, with an increase of 28.1%, followed by Segovia, with 27.2%, and Alicante and Las Palmas both with an increase of 4.7%. At the opposite end stood Viscaya with a decline of 44%, followed by Melilla, León, Navarra and Ciudad Real, all with falls of around 30%.

The municipalities which recorded the highest number of sales were Madrid (4,282), Barcelona (2,238), Zaragoza (1,228), Valencia (1,128) and Seville (1,054).

Highlighted for growth among the provincial capitals and municipalities with more than 100,000 inhabitants are Getafe (322.9%), Segovia (125.7%), Toledo (109.9%), Badajoz (55.6%), Cáceres (46.6%), and Cordoba (29.0%). As for the largest declines, these were registered in Torrejón de Ardoz (-68.1%), Alcorcón (-62.5%), Móstoles (-58.7%), Fuenlabrada (-55.5%), Bilbao (-46.3%) and Tarragona (-40.2%).

Free housing transactions in the second quarter of 2012 amounted to 72,723, representing 90.6% of the total, while protected housing transactions in this period amounted to 7,512, representing 9.4% of the total.

Transactions for new housing amounted to 23,540, representing 29.3% of the total, while second-hand housing, with 56,695 transactions, recorded a fall of 5.7% year-on-year but an increase of 9.4% compared to the first quarter of 2012.

With regard to the nationality of the buyer, La Moncloa reported that transactions made by foreign residents in Spain experienced growth for the fourth consecutive quarter, namely by 12.1% compared to the second quarter of 2011, with a total of 9,502 sales.

By province, those which registered a higher number of purchases by foreign residents, were Alicante (2,645), Málaga (1,127), Barcelona (847), Santa Cruz de Tenerife (655) and the Balearic Islands (536).

Article source: Kyero.com

Bankruptcies increased 28.6% in second quarter

INEThis is according to new figures released by the National Institute of Statistics (INE) which shows that 30% of those made bankrupt during Q2 were construction and property development companies, confirming the sector is a long way from recovering.

Bankruptcy Proceedings Statistics – Second quarter of 2012

During the second quarter of 2012, the number of debtors processed reached 2,272, representing a 28.6% increase, as compared with the same period the previous year.

By type of proceeding, 2,111 were voluntary (27.1% more than the second quarter 2011) and 161 were necessary (51.9% more). Considering the type of proceedings, ordinary proceedings increased 270.6%, and abbreviated proceedings increased 7.3%.

Companies processed, by legal nature and turnover bracket

Of the 2,272 debtors processed in the second quarter, 2,026 were companies (individuals with business activity and corporations). 77.3% of the companies declared bankrupt were Private Limited Companies.

69.0% of the companies declared bankrupt were within the lowest turnover bracket (less than two million euros), and were mainly Private Limited Companies.

87.8% of companies declared bankrupt during the first quarter of 2012 did not belong to any business group. Of the remaining companies declared bankrupt, 11.9% belonged to a Spanish group, and 0.3% to a group under foreign control.

Companies declared bankrupt, by economic activity and number of employees

30.8% of companies declared bankrupt carried out their main activity in Construction and property development, 18.3% in Industry and energy, and 17.4% in Trade.

Regarding the number of employees, 33.7% of the total number of companies declared bankupt were within the bracket of 1 to 5 employees.

You can see the full press release here: Bankruptcy Proceedings Statistics – Second quarter of 2012

Spanish unemployment up to 24.63%

Unemployment now at 24.63%
Unemployment now at 24.63%

According to the latest figures released by the National Institute of Statistics unemployment in Spain increased slightly to 24.63% during the second quarter of 2012.

The INE summarise the main points  as follows:

  • Employment in the second quarter of 2012 registers a decrease of 15,900 persons, reaching a total of 17,417,300 employed persons. The quarter on quarter employment variation rate stands at –0.09%.
  • The economically active population increases by 37,600 persons this quarter. The number of unemployed increases by 53,500 persons, standing at 5,693,500.
  • The unemployment rate grows 19 hundredths, standing at 24.63%. In turn, the activity rate rises at 60.08%. This quarter, the loss of employment increases 70,000 persons among men, whilst decreases in 16,400 among women.
  • The employment increases 14,600 among women, whilst decreases 30,600 among men.
  • Employment increases in 42,800 persons in Services and in 6,200 in Construction. The employed persons decreased 44,000 in Agriculture and 21,000 in Industry.
  • Wage-earners with a permanent contract increase by 4,400, and wage-earners with a temporary contract do so by 18,300.
  • The number of households with all of their active members unemployed increases by 9,300 this quarter, standing at 1,737,600.
  • By Autonomous Community, the unemployment rate fluctuates between 14.56% in País Vasco and 33.92% in Andalucía. The activity rate fluctuates between 52.50%, recorded in Principado de Asturias, and 67.54%, registered in Illes Balears.
  • The Autonomous Communities that most increases their employment are: Illes Balears (60,400 persons), Comunidad de Madrid (7,500), Región de Murcia (6,800), Castilla y León (5,600) and Comunitat Valenciana (4,900). In contrast, the Autonomous Communities that registered the greatest decreases in employment this quarter were: Andalucia (23,300 fewer employed persons), Castilla – La Mancha (19,500 fewer), Cataluña (19,100), Galicia (16,800) and Canarias (12,400).
  • The greatest decreases in unemployment persons are registered in Illes Balears and Cataluña. In turn, Andalucía, Castilla – La Mancha, País Vasco, Comunidad de Madrid and Galicia registered the greatest increases in the number of unemployed persons.

Economically active population and activity rate 

The economically active population experienced a decrease of 37,600 persons in the second quarter of 2012. The number of economically active persons stood at 23,110,400 persons. In interannual terms, the number of economically active persons decreased by 26,400 persons.

The general activity rate increased 14 hundredths, up to 60.08%. The female activity rate remained at 53.35%, while the male rate increased 29 hundredths and reached 67.15%.

The general activity rate of Spaniards rose 27 hundredths, while the rate of foreign nationals decreased 73 hundredths, this quarter. The distance between the activity rates of Spaniards and foreign nationals exceeded 17 points, in favour of the latter, this circumstance being explained by the different age structures of both populations.


The number of employed persons decreased by 15,900 persons in the second quarter of 2012, standing at 17,417,300. The interannual employment variation rate stood at –0.09%.

The drop in employment affected men (30,600 employment fewer) exceeds the increase in the occupation of women (14,600 employment fewer). By nationality, the number of employed foreign nationals increased by 9,100, while that of Spaniards decreased by 25,000.

By age, employment grew in persons older than 54 years old in 49,900 persons. The greatest decreases were observed in men between 40-44 and 25-29 years old (23,700 and 21,900 fewer respectively), Among women, the group of 20-24 years old experienced the greatest drop (11.500).

The number of employed persons increased in Services, registered 42,800 more employed persons and Construction with 6,200. The employment decreased in Industry (21,000 fewer) and Agriculture (44,000 fewer).

The increase in the number of employers this second quarter (15,000 more employers) did not compensate for the decrease in independent workers (12,900 fewer) and in the remaining self-employed workers (2,600).

The number of wage earners decreased by 13,900. Those with a permanent contract decreased by 4,400, while the number of wage earners with temporary contracts decreased 18,300. The temporary employment rate decreased one tenth, standing at 23.66%.

Part-time employment increased by 94,300 persons this quarter, whilst full-time employed persons decreased by 110,300. The percentage of persons working part-time increased more than half point, up to 14.93%.

The interannual variation of employment was –4.48%, almost nine tenths lower than that registered the previous quarter. Employment experienced a decrease of 885,800 persons in one year, 895,200 of whom were wage-earners and 10,100 of whom were self-employed workers.

The drop in the interannual employment among men (570,100 fewer) were higher than those women (315,700).

Unemployment and unemployment rate

The increase in unemployment was 53,500 this quarter, standing at 5,693,100. In the last 12 months, the total figure of unemployed persons increased by 859,400 persons.

The unemployment rate rose 19 hundredths, as compared with the first quarter of 2012, standing at 24.63%.

The male unemployment rate increased 48 hundredths, up to 24.57%, whilst the female rate decreased 15 hundredths, and stood at 24.71%. The composition of unemployment observed since the year 2008 remained, with relatively little distance between the male and female rates, and a greater number of unemployed men than unemployed women.

By nationality, the unemployment increased 113,300 among Spaniards and decreased 59,700 among foreign nationals. The unemployment rate for the foreign population was 35.76%, 13 points higher than that of persons with Spanish nationality.

Unemployment decreased in Construction (40,500 fewer) and in Services (84,500 fewer). In contrast, unemployment increased in Industry (23,500 more) and in Agriculture (11,400 more). Unemployment also increased among those persons who lost their job over a year ago (107,400 more), and among those seeking their first job (by 36,100).

The number of unemployed persons increased in all sectors in the last 12 months.

You can read the complete press release here: Economically Active Population Survey – Second quarter of 2012

House prices continue fall in Q2

The price fall continues unabated
The price fall continues unabated

House prices in Spain fell during the second quarter by 11.5% compared to the same period in the previous year, up from 9.2% in the previous quarter.

The report, from Tinsa, shows that the majority of the autonomous regions followed the downward trend with La Rioja recording the greatest fall of 22.6%, bringing the prices back to 2003 levels. Catalonia followed with an 18% decline, followed by Aragon (-16.3%), Valencia (-14%), Castilla-La Mancha (-13.8%) and Madrid (-13.8%).

Staying within a few points of the national average were Castilla y León (-11.8%), Andalusia (-11.6%), Navarra (-11.5%), Murcia (-10.8%), the Canary Islands (-10.6%) and the Balearic Islands (-10.5%). The areas least affected by the decline in prices include Extremadura (-10.1%), Galicia (-6.2%), Asturias (-5.2%), Ceuta (-4%), Cantabria (-3.6%) and Melilla (-3.3%).

On a provincial level a more pronounced decline was recorded with above average falls in Tarragona (19%), Toledo (-18.7%), Zaragoza (-18.6%), Almeria (18.1%) and Segovia (18%).

At the other end of the scale a few regions registered smaller declines, or none at all, including Basin (-0.1%) and Orense (0%). Lugo is the only province that, provisionally, shows a slight rise of 2.1%.

Looking at the cumulative decline in prices since the crisis first hit in 2007 the north-east corner of the country stands out with the largest falls recorded (in addition to La Rioja) in Catalonia (-39.3%), Aragon (-37.8%) and Valencia (-36.2%).

Included in this group, although located in the central zone, and with prices influenced by Madrid, is Castilla-La Mancha where the cumulative decline from 2007 now stands at 38.9%.

The cumulative decline now stands at over 40% in a number of provinces including Toledo (-43.1%), Guadalajara (-41.1%), Zaragoza (-40.4%), Tarragona (-40.2%) and Barcelona (-40%). Also on the verge of joining the over-40% group are Almeria (-39.2%), Malaga (-39.1%), Girona (-37.2%) and Valencia (-37.2%).

Conversely, the provinces that showed lower cumulative declines were those with lower population density and a slow second-home market, mainly in the north-west quadrant. Those provinces include Soria (-13.8%), Zamora (-10.2%), Orense (-6.5%) and Lugo (-5.7%).

You can download Tinsa’s complete report here (ES): Tinsa Market Report Q2 2012

First Business Confidence Indicators report from INE

INEToday, for the first time, the National Statistics Institute is publishing the results of its new operation on Business Confidence Indicators (BCI).

The survey on which the BCIs are based is the first opinion poll conducted by the INE, and it is prepared based on a representative sample of 7,694 establishments, whose opinions began to be collected for the first quarter of 2012.

Summary of Results

The Harmonised Business Confidence Index (HBCI) of the INE stands at 101.39 points for the second quarter of 2012, indicating an improvement of 1.39 points, in the confidence of businesspersons, with regard to the first quarter (base 100).

There is a reduction in the lack of confidence by businesspersons regarding the future performance of their business in the second quarter of the year. In this sense, for the whole of Spain, the Balance of Expectations, that is, the difference between the opinions of optimistic and pessimistic business establishments, reaches -35 points in the second quarter, as compared with the -44 points registered in the first quarter, indicating a nine-point improvement.

Despite the improvement this quarter, the business confidence climate remains unfavourable. 8% of business establishments are optimistic regarding the future performance of their business as the quarter commences, whereas 43% are pessimistic.

Opinions regarding the coming quarter (Expectations)

8% of establishments believed that the performance of their business during the second quarter of the year would be favourable, whereas 43% believed that it would be unfavourable. The remaining 49% believed that it would be normal.

The difference between the percentages of favourable and unfavourable responses, known as the Balance of Expectations, stood at -35 points for Spain as a whole.

In the first quarter, 6% of the establishments believed that the performance of the business would be favourable, whilst 50% believed that it would be unfavourable, with the Balance of Expectations thus standing at -44 points.

Therefore, the lack of confidence by businesspersons as per Expectations decreased nine points (-44 points in the first quarter, and -35 points in the second).

Opinions regarding the last quarter (Situation)

In terms of the responses regarding the last quarter, 7% of the establishments expressed a favourable opinion regarding the past performance of their business in the first quarter, as compared with the 48% that had an unfavourable opinion.

The difference between these percentages of favourable and unfavourable responses referring to the last quarter, known as the Situation Balance, stood at -41 points, thereby improving the Expectations previously expressed for that first quarter, which stood at -44 points.

You can download the full report here: Business Confidence Indicators  – Second quarter of 2012