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Spanish Property Sales Up 2017

Spanish Property Sales and Transfers Increase in 2017

Spanish Property Sales and Transfers 2017

Up once more compared to 2016 according to figures published by the Institute for National Statistics  in Spain (INE).

  • December saw 125,263 properties registered at Land Registry, almost 2% more nationwide than in the same month of 2016. This includes all transmissions of property, for example inheritances, easements, resale and new first time sales etc.
  • December Sales showed a 9.2% increase on same month for 2016.
  • 64,135 sales were recorded for December 2017, of which 85% were urban properties and 15% rustic dwellings.
  • Over the twelve months of 2017, property sales increased by a significant 14.6%

Spanish Property Sales Up 2017

Registered housing sales, including government owned accommodation.

  • In December, 89.7% of dwellings sold were those on the free-market and 10.3% were protected housing.
  • In annual terms, the sales of free-market homes increased by 8.4% and protected properties by 16.5%.
  • 17.8% of dwellings transferred by sale in December were new, and 82.2% were Resales.
  • The number of transactions on new properties increased by 11.0%, while that of Resales increased by 8.8% compared to December 2016.Spanish Property Sales Up 2017

What does this mean for Andalusia? Making sense of it all.

December 2017

December 2017 alone saw 20,812 registered property transfers for Andalusia.

This equates to 95 transfers for every 100,000 inhabitants. Third highest in Spain after Valencia and The Balearics.

Of this figure, 6,287 were property conveyances – selling of properties in the open market –

This marks a 10.7% annual increase. Compare this to the Catalan region, down by 5.7% and it is tempting to emphasise how markets need stability. Andalusia with its infrastructure, sunshine and stable political environment is a great place to invest. Make up for dips in your portfolio for Spanish property from 2007 onwards; property purchase always has highs and lows, but now is the time to get those bargains once again.

Property Conveyances Andalusia 2017

  • Andalusia realised 293,538 conveyances for 2017.
  • An annual variation of 5.6% in change of property ownership for the year including inheritances etc.
  • This is an annual variation of 12.6% as a result of home sales on the open market (89,337).
  • It equates to 1,356 per 100,000 inhabitants.
  • 51,878 properties were classified as rustic.
  • 149,995 were urban properties.
  • 14,601 were plots.
  • All other transactions amounted to 77,064.
  • 16,397 conveyances were new builds. The off plan market has started up again.

Spanish Property Sales Up 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are in the early stages of a new market with properties reduced to lower than their real values by owners who just want to shift them. For those of you who lost money in the downturn of the market, act now to recoup losses. For those of you thinking about investing for the first time, now is the time to commit.

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Housing Sales Rise in Andalusia amidst Buoyant GDP figures for Europe.

Housing Sales Rise in Andalusia.

Andalusia came second in sales increases for November according to the Spanish Institute for National Statistics. INE. This is because house prices are extremely inviting and it is a lovely place to live or come to for holidays. Property prices are still lower than what they should be. Take advantage now.

Winners and Losers

The Autonomous Communities that registered the greatest annual increases in the number of housing sales in November were Aragón (24.7%), Andalusia (24.3%) and Castilla–La Mancha (23.7%). In comparison, Extremadura (–9.7%), País Vasco (–1.3%) and Asturias (3.5%) registered the lowest annual rates in November.

 

 

GDP grew by 2.5% across Europe

In Europe the fourth quarter of 2017 shows GDP up by 0.6% in both the euro area and the EU28 up +2.7% and +2.6% respectively compared with the fourth quarter of 2016.

Seasonally adjusted GDP rose by 0.6% in both the euro area (EA19) and in the EU28 during the fourth quarter of 2017, compared with the previous quarter, according to a preliminary flash estimate published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

In the third quarter of 2017, GDP had grown by 0.7% in both zones. Compared with the same quarter of the previous year, seasonally adjusted GDP rose by 2.7% in the euro area and by 2.6% in the EU28 in the fourth quarter of 2017, after +2.8% in both zones in the previous quarter.

Over the whole year 2017, GDP grew by 2.5% in both zones.


GDP and Property Prices Rise

Residential property price indices (RPPIs) directly and indirectly influence economic policy.

From an individual household’s perspective, real estate often represents the single largest investment in their portfolio. It also accounts for the largest share of wealth in most nations’ balance sheets. We do not need to be told how changes in house prices can have far-reaching implications for individuals.

House prices influence home improvement and renovations expenditures and there are property bargains out there to buy and reform. Even some minor reforms can significantly increase the value of the property.

Understanding Supply and Demand

House prices also influence the decision to build new houses (the supply side) as well as the decision to become a homeowner (the demand side). Investors turn to house price indices to measure wealth and to help assess current and future rates of return.

From a broader perspective, analysts, policymakers, and financial institutions follow trends in house prices to expand their understanding of real estate and credit market conditions as well as to monitor the impact on economic activity, and financial stability and soundness. For instance, mortgage lenders will use information on house price inflation to gauge default risk. Central banks often rely on movements in house price indices to monitor households’ borrowing capacity and debt burden and their effects on aggregate consumption.

It is still a buyer’s market in property in Andalusia, but, to quote Bob Dylan,  times they are a changing . . . which is great news for those owners trying to sell their properties.

For those looking to buy, invest now or spend more later.

For those looking to sell, it could be that your property is on the market at a price which undervalues it.

Get in touch with us to arrange a tour of properties or to get a valuation of your property with a view to selling it.

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Number of Foreclosures Fall by a Third

Mortgage Payments Easier.

Repossessions have fallen year on year and quarter on quarter. The table below shows the third quarter for 2017 down about a third on number of foreclosures. The same quarter four years ago showed more than 23,600. In the third quarter of 2017 this had fallen to just over 9,000.

1st quarter2nd quarter3rd quarter4th quarter 
201717.00013.6059.025 . . .
201619.33720.99814.66218.107
201531.18228.95419.62522.716
201432.64533.06923.60831.217

Foreclosure statistics down down down.

These clearly show number of foreclosures falling. These figures relate to all rural and urban properties. The information is broken down based on variables such as the type of building, system, status and owner of the properties being repossessed. The Association of Land and Mercantile Registrars of Spain (CORPME) provides centralised information to the INE – the centre for National Statistics in Spain.

This is, of course, great news and a strong indicator of a recovering economy. The other side of this analysis is there are fewer repossessions coming onto the market.

Are you looking to enter the housing market? Do you have a  good income, but not much money saved for a deposit?

You could take advantage of a 100% mortgage offered by a bank that has properties on its books. We recommend that you take a look at the housing market now.

If you prefer to absorb the information with graphs, please see below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home buyers

We have repossession properties available with various banks – some of which offer residents up to 100% mortgage and non residents around 85%. The normal requirement is that you have money to cover taxes or approximately 10% of the total amount borrowed.

Investors

For those of you looking to make a cash purchase or with up to 30% down payment the range is greater as it includes motivated sellers and private distressed sales. There has never been a better time since the crisis to buy a property. For the first time this decade property sourcers and investors are seriously considering buying to reform and sell on within a relatively short term.

Contact us to see if any of the repossessions on our books could be what you are looking for.

 

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Property Purchase Taxes Andalusia

Property Taxes in Andalusia when Buying a Property

Property Taxes when Buying a Property in Andalusia

Buying a property in Spain is a straight-forward process. Each autonomous region has the right to set its own taxes, so differences do exist, although small. We help people buy and sell properties in Andalusia, in the provinces of Málaga and Cádiz. So, we provide information from the Junta de Andalucia’s website regarding the taxes levied on purchase and you can find general information on taxes levied on the Seller by the Town Hall, here. On the whole, budget about 13 – 15% on top of property purchase price for attendant costs. (Buying at auction has different requirements, find more here.)

 

Tax Payable – New Properties

First Transmissions of properties attract 10% tax plus a stamp duty on the drafting of the first title deed which is 1.5%. Total is 11.5%

 

Tax Payable – Resale Properties

For most people you pay 8% up to the first 400,000€, 9% on next 300,000€ and 10% on all amounts accruing after that.

The amount owing is calculated by multiplying the relevant band with the applicable coefficient as follows:

  1. Transfer of Tangible Assets

a) Property Transfer:

  • As a general rule, in the transfer of immovable property, as well as in the constitution and assignment of rights in rem over them, except in the real rights of guarantee, the tax rate will be obtained by applying, on the basis of the liquidation, the rate that results from the following rate:
Band payable in EurosTotal Fees EurosAmount Due EurosRate Applicable
0.000.00400,000.008.00%
400,000.0132,000.00300,000.009.00%
700,000.0159,000.00There after10.0%
  • Garages attached to the Property Purchase are included in the rates above, with a maximum of two. After which, in the case of transmission of buildings classified as urban parking space, the following rates apply:
Band payable in EurosTotal Fees EurosAmount Due EurosRate Applicable
0.000.0030,000.008.00%
30,000.012,400.0020,000.009.00%
50,000.014,200.00There after10.0%

b) Transmission of movable property and livestock

(as well as the constitution of real rights over them other than the guarantee):

  • 4 %, in general
  • 8%, on the transfer of boats of more than 8 metres in length and on vehicles of more than 15 horse power and objects of art and historical antiquities.
  • 5% in the transmission of real estate where the real value does not exceed 130,000 euros and it is to be the Buyer’s permanent residence and the buyer is under 35 years of age, or 180,000 euros in the case of a permanent residence where the Buyer suffers from a disability which is registered and measured as being equal to or greater than 33%.
  • 2% in the acquisition of housing for resale by a natural or legal person who carries on a business activity to which the rules of adaptation of the General Plan for the Real Estate Sector apply. (Aimed at constructors, developers and banks with repossessions, for example.)
  • 1%, for financial instruments of real security rights, pensions, bonds, loans and cession of credits.
  • Leases are governed by the scale of tax fixed by Law.

* With effect from January 1, 2015, tax rate offsets will be applied in the creation and exercise of purchase options in lease agreements related to certain payment operations.

Budget 13 – 15% on top of Property Purchase Price

In addition to the taxes there is also the need to pay stamp duty for new builds on the pages notarised for the Title Deeds, as well as general application of Notary’s fees, Land Registry fees and Lawyer’s / legal assessor’s fees (Gestor).  These days, most mortgage set-up costs are assumed by the lender. As a rough rule of thumb, allow 13% – 15% on top of the Purchase Price and note stamp duty for new builds.

Disclaimer: TMT Spain Real Estate has provided this information as a general guide only and it must not be relied upon in place of legal advice. Legislation is constantly updated and the reader must satisfy herself/himself of the accuracy of these contents.

 

“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” 
Maya Angelou

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Property Prices Slowly Rise

Property Prices Slowly Rise in Spain

Andalusia once more posting strong results as property prices continue to rise in Spain.

Good news from the Institute of National Statistics for Spain (INE) – the property market continues to bounce back. House prices continue to rise albeit slowly. Andalusia strong in new builds and climbing steadily in Resales. The first quarter of 2016 is still the highest average figure for sales, notwithstanding, the Real estate Market is moving again. If you are considering buying a property, now is the time to commit, before prices rise even higher. Those of you thinking about selling, the average time for sale of a property is approximately 9 months – beat the trends and list with us!

HPI – SECOND QUARTER 2017

  • Housing prices are up two points over the previous quarter.

Annual evolution of housing prices

  • The annual variation of the Housing Price Index (IPV) in the second quarter of 2017 increased by three tenths and stands at 5.6%.
  • By type of housing, the annual rate of new housing prices is 4.4%, more than one point lower than the previous quarter, with consistent growth in property sales for Andalusia.
  • Meanwhile, the annual variation of Resale housing rose by half a point, to 5.8%.

Property Prices Slowly Rise

Quarterly evolution of housing prices

  • The quarterly variation of the general HPI in the second quarter of 2017 is 2.0%.
  • By type of housing, new housing prices rose 2.6% between the first and second quarters of 2017. Whilst, ‘second hand’ or ‘resale’ home prices rose 1.9%.

Property Prices Slowly Rise

Results by Autonomous Community. Annual variation rates

  • A total of eight autonomous communities increased their annual rate in the second quarter of 2017. The highest increases are recorded in the Balearic Islands, the Basque Country and Cantabria, with increases of 1.9, 1.2 and 1.1 points, respectively.
  • Andalusia is up 0.3 points over the last quarter.
  • In contrast, the greatest decreases of the annual variation occur in Aragon, Principality of Asturias and Castile and Leon, with declines of 2.1, 1.7 and 1.0 points, respectively.

Annual HPI Rates Second Quarter 2017

Property Prices Slowly Rise

Results by Autonomous Community. Quarterly variation rates

  • Most of the Autonomous Communities have positive quarterly rates in the second quarter of 2017.
  • Community of Madrid, Cantabria, Basque Country and Catalonia recorded the highest increases (of 3.4%, 3.2%, 2.9% and 2.9%, respectively).
  • Andalusia once more posted a strong quarterly variation rate of 1.6%
  • For their part, Principado de Asturias (-1.0%) and Extremadura (-0.2%) are the only communities with negative quarterly variations.

Property Prices Slowly Rise

 

These statistics are taken direct from INE’s Press Release dated 8 Sept 2017.

If you are thinking of re-entering the property market in Andalusia as either a Buyer or Seller and are in the provinces of Cadiz or Malaga, get in touch to see how we can help.

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Town Hall Tax

Town Hall Tax Abolished for Negative Equity

Town Hall Tax Abolished for Negative Equity

Jerez, famous for sherry, horses, motorbikes . . . and common sense. No gain = no profit = no tax. Right? Wrong.

Anyone who had to pay tax to the Town Hall when selling a property at a loss will be delighted to hear that the local government laws in Spain are changing. It is a shame that it has taken this long, especially when during the leanest years people had no redress. Anyhow, it is good news that the property market has turned the corner and it is safe to say there will never be a better time to buy. Because prices are going up.

Having said which, when the bubble burst the fall out was considerable and cases are still being decided. Thankfully, sellers with negative equity are now being treated fairly. There was a landmark case on Feb 16th of of this year where a national judge determined that a seller with negative equity should not be liable for a tax to the Town Hall which demanded payment just because the property was sold. This case was huge as it partially rewrote the Constitution. Other cases were also decided in the same vein, until a leading Judgment tried to stamp order on proceedings. (Case 59/2017 in May in the Administrative and Constitutional Law Courts of Jerez,) A major Bank foreclosed on a Real Estate Company and the prices adjudicated were 50% of the price the company bought them at. A clear example of negative equity. To add insult to injury, the Estate Agents received an invoice from the Town Hall for Capital Gains. There were not any. So they turned to the Courts for justice. The judge hearing the case declared articles 107.1, 107.2 a) and 110.4 of the Local Authorities Tax Laws were unconstitutional making them null and void in respect to negative equity. The Court also invited the legislature to change the law. The judiciary is bound by legislature, but on this occasion the judicial tail wagged the legislative dog and brought it to heel.

Draft Bill Going Before Legislature

While all of this was happening, a Draft Bill was being prepared to go through parliament; it is now in the final throes, but from May 2017 until the end of July 2017 the courts were deciding on a case by case basis. The lacuna still existed where the tax had to be paid even when selling at a loss. Such instability had to be stemmed and it was. The hapless victims of negative equity can now reclaim what they had to pay.

In July 2017 new legislation passed which amends the Local Authorities Taxation legislation and redacts clauses in the Constitution to enshrine a right in law that no tax is due if no profit has been made. So, in future people selling at less than the purchase price will not have to pay. But those who already have done so despite negative equity can claim it back. It may be subject to four years of Statute of Limitations, at this stage that fact remains unclear. What is certain is that up until the end of July 2017, taxes had to be paid even when no profit accrued.

In theory, all legislation covers everything. Especially taxes. In practice, this is the problem. Tax law is governed largely by the General Taxation Law and Article 57 permits seven different methods to be used independently or in combination with any or all of the others to arrive at a method for any given autonomous region. Phew. In Andalusia, for example, 3 different coefficients are analysed to arrive at the ‘real values’ that are used. (revised cadastral values, market value and variations in market value.)

The old name for this local authority tax is Plusvalía which could be translated as capital gain or ‘above value’ Significantly, the name was changed a few years ago, to Impuesto sobre el Incremento del Valor de los Terrenos de Naturaleza Urbana (IIVTNU) A tax on the increase of the value of the land. It seems counter intuitive, then, to charge a Seller after they sold at a loss and have negative equity. Even so, the local authorities continued applying a charge on any urban property sale according to their own legislation. They based their figures on calculations arrived at from before the collapse of both the property market and fall of the banks in 2008. Up until this July 2017 a few different methods were used. The most prevalent being a rigid formula which looked at the rate of land assessed by the local authority via the Cadastral Rate – roughly half the title deed price – and then a sliding-scale of coefficients applied. (With 20 years of property ownership as a cut off point.)

Local, autonomous, and federal tax authorities all agree that a clearer blue print is needed for fiscal certainty. The way the Bill currently leans, the title deed price will be preferred to the Cadastral Value in the case of a loss – unless the authorities contest these values.

The Bill still has not become Law, but an interim measure exists in an amended law which allows anyone who paid tax on a property sold at a loss to claim their money back. The date this became law is 15th June 2017, in essence, backdated at the date of the new interim statute. Curiously, it is valid until the end of July 2018. As if not having an expiry date would prevent legislation being passed into law.

It seems people will have four years from 15th June 2017 to claim back monies that were forked out when a loss was made. It is equally unclear how far back people can claim from.

Light at the end of the tunnel

Proposals have been submitted to make the laws more homogenous. A committee of experts has recommended a single method for all autonomous regions to use based on title deed price. This would be applied to urban and rustic property alike.

In order to avoid double taxation, taxpayers would be allowed to deduct the tax paid from the tax base of the other taxes that also tax the capital gains (IRPF). In practice, it is often accepted that if you paid the Town hall tax you don’t pay it again on your IRPF for residents and IRNR for non- residents declaring assets held in Spain.

The recommendation is that the taxable base would no longer be calculated by applying increment coefficients but by calculating the actual increase obtained by comparison between the transmission value and the acquisition value. In order to avoid double taxation, taxpayers would be allowed to deduct the tax paid from the tax base of the other taxes that also tax the capital gains (IRPF)

Good to know.

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