All EOS blogs All Spain blogs  Start your own blog Start your own blog 

Spain statistics

I like statistics and financial data, so I will be posting a variety of information that I hope will be equally useful to others, even though perhaps not as exciting...

New construction is a favourite in Andalucia
18 September 2017

One of the anecdotal conversations currently taking place in the real estate world, is the pace of new construction on the Costa del Sol. It's easy enough to observe that over the last 1 year many cranes have popped up behind every corner - but I like statistics as you know, so I went on a search to verify.

One of my favourite websites to lurk around is, Spain's statistical office. It offers us the following succinct data table for the whole of Spain, which shows the year period (first column), the total number of housing starts (second column), and number of residential housing starts (third column).


2016 23,977 19,801
2015 21,223 17,052
2014 16,573 13,003
2013 16,676 12,868
2012 20,758 16,242


You can see the increase in both residential and business construction starts, especially since 2015. The year 2017 so far has advanced as follows:


May 2,624 2,163
Abr 2,004 1,638
Mar 2,770 2,320
Feb 2,265 1,912
Ene 2,141 1,795


Almost 10,000 project units till May, which means we are heading for matching 2016 and more. Now, this data is for the whole of the country, how does Andalucia fare?


Year 2016 Year 2017
(trimester) (trimester)
1,589 1,672 1,409 1,645 1,399


The data only goes to April 2017, but it shows that around 25% of the new Spanish construction was in Andalucia! Coupled with the 2.6% increase in prices for new construction residential units in the 2nd trimester) ( see: ) it all points to a rather frenetic pace in new developments on the Costa del Sol.

I finish with an informal piece of information, you should not take my work for it but there it is anyway: at HBC we were trying to get an agreement with one of the luxury developments we were interested in. The developer said: Phase 1 is sold out (they haven't even started it), and for Phase 2 I have too many estate agents with agreements already. We did manage to strike the deal, but it appears that there is strong demand from Europe for new construction, rather than resales.

But that is a subject for another post :-) Enjoy your day, thanks for reading.




Like 0        Published at 20:36   Comments (0)

Spanish property prices grinding higher - latest data
09 September 2017

I hope everyone had a nice summer and are back relaxed and ready for more number crunching and thrilling statistics on Spanish property!

Before you read on, spoiler alert: the prices of Spanish properties are continuing to rise. Not at an overheated pace, but a steady grind upwards.

The data for the 2nd quarter of 2017 have just been published 2 days ago by INE, the Spanish statistics institute. The annual variation of the price index (i.e. compared to the 2nd trimester of 2016) is 5.6%:

Annual increase in Spanish property prices 2017

Broken down by type, newly constructed properties have risen by 4.4% and resale properties by 5.8% annually.

When compared to the previous quarter, we also see an average upward sloping trend:

Quarterly price variation of Spanish properties 2017

This set of data is easy to analyse, since it's in the same trend as before, bringing us to prices around 10% higher than the level of 2015. The table below summarises the data:

    Quarterly variation Annual variation
Average index   2,0 5,6
New construction   2,6 4,4
Resale properties   1,9 5,8

These price increases took place based on an increased number of total sale operations, which is reassuring since it implies a broad market advance. The total purchase operations for June 2017 were 166,830, a 9.7% annual increase:

Total number of purchases June 2017

Remember, this is for the whole of Spain. What was more interesting in this data publication was that Andalucia is no longer the leader in percentage price increases. Here is the breakdown by community:

Annual price change by Community 2017

Here comes my personal evaluation of this latest data: I am pleased to see a broad participation in the property market in Spain. The leaders are the capital cities and other northern areas of Spain that have traditionally not been the most popular with foreign buyers. This implies that the local Spanish buyers themselves are fuelling this advance, which to my mind is an indication of a healthy and strengthening economy, where people are feeling more confident.

In coclusion, I would like to see this trend continuing where the Spanish property price index keeps adding on a 2.4% increase in Andalucia and Costa del Sol, rather than a frenetic pace that might lead to imbalances. I will be watching the next set of data after Autumn, which is normally a quiet period for purchases in the south, for more evidence of a broad Spanish market recovery, spread over many areas.

Thanks for reading and, as always, please leave a comment if you have any questions, or visit our Costa del Sol properties website for more statistics: 


Like 1        Published at 19:25   Comments (2)

Spam post or Abuse? Please let us know

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse you are agreeing to our use of cookies. More information here. x