Indicators for the real estate market show a significant recovery in activity in the sector, following the standstill during the state of alarm. On the demand side, home sales recovered well in July and increased by 20% month-on-month, although in cumulative terms for the year to date there is still a year-on-year decline of 25.8%. On the supply side, the construction sector has also quickly restarted its activity. In August, cement consumption was only 2.1% below the level of August last year, with a notable recovery from the 50% fall registered in April.
Spain home sales
Bankia Estudios | Property transactions in the Spanish market have plummeted. Home sales fell sharply in May: only 22,394 transactions, the worst month of May in the available series since 2007, and less than half of the transactions recorded a year ago (48,351 in May 2019). In any event, the deterioration reflects the logical effects of the sector closing down due to the state of alarm. In the second half of the year, the reactivation of the economy, the labour market and, above all, family income will determine the behaviour of demand.
The sale of homes registered a total of 501,085 transactions in 2019. This was due to the decline in second-hand housing transactions, as new home purchases increased 1.2 %, says the National Statistics Institute (INE). On the other hand, housing prices continued to rebound, according to Q4’19 statistics from the Spanish housing registers.