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The Spanish Balearic Islands, which reported some of the lowest house price falls in Spain during the six year economic downturn, is now experiencing the fastest and highest rises in the country. The strong property market is being supported by a healthy tourism sector and a multi-national house buying population, according to Alejandra Vanoli, managing director of Mallorca Sotheby’s International Realty. She pointed out that Calvia alone has 19,000 non-Spanish residents from 100 different countries and this year the firm is selling more houses than ever. In Ibiza it is a similar story. According to Glynn Evans, the firm’s managing director in Ibiza the international buyers are attracted by exciting culinary business ventures from multi-Michelin starred chefs, supercar and powerboat championships, 70 metre plus berths for the finest private mega yachts and several new five star hotels. On top of this, at the end of April, the Bank of Spain confidently declared an end to the property crisis. José Luis Malo de Molina, said that ‘the adjustment in the housing sector, in principle, is complete’ and ‘the process of price adjustment, in principle, has already bottomed out’. The mortgage market is also well into recovery. Data from Spain’s National Institute of Statistics show that property loans in the Balearics, for example, were up 36.2% in February 2015 over the previous year, above the national average of 29.2%. Meanwhile, the Spanish rental sector is also improving. Average rents increased by 0.2% in April, compared to the previous month, to €6.98 per square meter per month, according to the data from property portal Fotocasa, and year on year they increased by 1%. ‘In the last few months we have gone from registering widespread declines in home rental prices, to registering increases in every region except one. Rental prices, therefore, are starting to increase in most of the country,’ the Fotocasa report said. But rents are still down 31.1% since the peak of the rental market in May 2007 when it was €10.12 per square meter per month and all regions have seen serious declines since the peaks before the economic downturn. Rental prices have fallen the most in Aragon with a decline of 41.9%, are down 37.8% in Cantabria, down 36.5% in Valencia, down 35.9% in Castilla-La-Mancha, down 34.8% in Murcia, down 30.5% in Rioja, down 30% in Asturias and down 29.5% in Andalucia, since the peak of the market. However, prices increased in April month on month in all regions except in Castilla-La Mancha where they fell by 0.1%. Rental prices increased the most in La Rioja with growth of 4.2%, they increase by 3% in the Balearic Islands, and by 0.9% in Madrid. Continue reading →
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