real estate sector

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Cinven buys real estate portal Idealista for €2.9 billion

The British asset manager Cinven will buy the Spanish real estate portal, in a transaction that values the company at €2.9 billion, making it the largest acquisition in the history of an online company closed in Spain. The price at which the transaction has been finally closed implies multiplying by 2.2 the valuation of Idealista when the Swedish fund EQT took control of the company in September 2020, for €1.3…


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Home sales down 13.7% in March; average price per square metre rises by 4.2%

Link Securities | According to data from the General Council of Notaries, released on Thursday by Expansión, the number of home sales and purchases fell by 13.7% in March in year-on-year terms, to 56,559 units, while the granting of mortgage loans for the purchase of housing fell by 4.5%. By type of housing, sales of flats fell by 13.9% year-on-year to 43,761 units, while single-family homes fell by 13.2% to…


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Banco Santander’s land development subsidiary LandCo reaches profitability target three years ahead of schedule

Link Securities| LandCo, the land development subsidiary of Banco Santander (SAN), has reached profitability three years ahead of its business plan, according to Expansión newspaper. LandCo manages 10,000 plots of land, after selling 4,000 assets since its creation in 2020. The real estate company expects to close land sales for more than €200 million this year. The firm’s land portfolio stands at €1.7 billion, compared to €2.1 billion originally. The…


Rising house prices is a common phenomenon in many countries

House sales and purchases fall sharply in Spain: transactions down by -10.5% vs. July 2022

BancaMarch| The sale and purchase of housing has fallen sharply in Spain. In July, housing sales stood at 48,303 units, a fall of -10.5% compared to the same month last year and which intensifies the drop in sales and purchases in the year to date to -5.3%. By type, 17% of the dwellings transferred by sale and purchase in July were new and 83% were used, with the number of…


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Property prices in Spain increase by +7.9% in the first eight months of the year but fall -0.2% month-on-month

Alphavalue/DIVACONS| The price of housing increased by +7.9% in the first eight months of the year and by -0.2% between July and August, placing the price at €2,145/square metre, according to data from the Fotocasa Real Estate Index. This last monthly value (-0.2%) is the first fall detected in the last two years (since January 2022) and the price rise in the first eight months is the most moderate in…


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Grupo Lar’s Vivia rental platform has 1,740 units of 5,000 estimated target portfolio

Link Securities| Vivia, one of the rental platforms that is expected to grow in the country in the coming years, already has 1,740 units in its portfolio projects, according to company sources, the newspaper Cinco Días reports today. Grupo Lar, together with the Primonial fund, launched this initiative in 2021 in which they intend to add 5,000 homes with an investment of €1 billion. When it is up and running,…


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Urbas sells two blocks of new rental housing in Bilbao for €98 million

Alphavalue/DIVACONS | Urbas (UBS) announced to the CNMV the signing of a sale and purchase agreement whereby it has agreed to promote turnkey, to transfer on completion, to a European institutional fund specialising in residential, two blocks of new build rental housing on Isla Zorrotzaurre, Bilbao’s new Manhattan, the most important area of urban development and urban regeneration in the city in recent years, a development consisting of 314 homes,…


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Investment in Spanish real estate sector expected to fall by -50% to €9 billion in 2023: Colonial’s assessment cuts by 3%

Intermoney| According to the newspaper Cinco Días, referring to a report by the real estate consultancy Colliers, investment in the sector’s assets in Spain will suffer a cut of close to 50% over the course of this year, remaining at €9 billion. The reasons given for this include the aggressive monetary policy of central banks, which has pushed yields up. Another negative factor, which particularly affected the second quarter, was…


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New outlook for the Spanish real estate sector: slowdown in the housing market

Judit Montoriol Garriga (Caixabank Research) | The Spanish real estate market began to slow down in mid-2022 with the shift of direction of monetary policy. Although the ECB has raised benchmark interest rates by 4 pps for the moment, the pace of the slowdown has been gentler than anticipated, leading us to improve the sector’s outlook for 2023. Nevertheless, we continue to expect a significant slowdown in the Spanish real…


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Bank of Spain warns there are half a million homes practically unsaleable but lack of developable land means prices cannot fall

A study by the Bank of Spain recommends that the government “review the procedures for managing land for development” to try to lower the price of housing in Spain, the high cost of which it attributes to the “mismatch between supply and demand”. The study, “El desajuste entre la oferta y la demanda de vivienda y su relación con los precios“, (“The mismatch between housing supply and demand and its…