May 2020 Spanish Loan figures


May 2020 loan numbers down on last year

Data issued this month for Mortgages in Spain for May 2020 Spanish loan figures. Show a large decline against the same month of last year. However small increases in the situation over April.

The data is a little surprising. Given the lockdown situation during April. As this is what Mays completion figures are likely to reflect. Also he fact that land registry was closed during this period.

It was expected that Mays mortgages in Spain figures would show a decline over Aprils figures which  reflected completions from February and March. Before worst of Covid crisis.


Cancellations less than usual

Spanish mortgages being cancelled within the month were on par with the previous month. Well down on normal levels. These figures look to be in line with what is expected. Less people would pay off their loan, or move during this period.

If the numbers are accurate, whilst Spanish lenders have volume well behind last years. They will have had two months of a net inflow. Onto their mortgage books.

Contracts registered at Land Registry

In total 25.538 new loan deeds were registered with Land registry. This figure is not by any means catastrophic.

This was a 7.1% increase against Aprils figures. But down 27.6% on the same month of 2109.

The average loan size held up well at plus 3.2% on last month. Up from 123.2k for same month last year.

Capital lent was € 3.247 mk up 8.7% on last month. However due to decrease in numbers, down 25.3% on last year.

For the accumulated year to date the number of new loans is down 7.69%. Capital lent up 1%. This is because the average loan size has increased by 9.3%. According to the statistics.

Normal conditions

Under normal conditions you would expect to see an increase across all figures May over April. More in the region of 20%. Rather than the 7.1% registered. There is a clear impact on activity. However perhaps not so profound as it could have been.

Last year June and Julys figures were very poor. due to cancelled and postponed completions. Affected by changes in Spanish regulation and the Spanish lenders not being prepared for these  Because of this next months figures may in fact exceed the previous year.

Rates of interest stable

Interest rates remained stable. Average completion rate of 2.48%. Of this variable rate  was 2.12% and fixed rates for a 23 year term 2.87%.

For a second month fixed rates out performed variable rates. As the chosen loan product type by borrowers. With 47.2% being taken on a variable rate and 52.8% on a fixed rate.

Andalucia takes a hit

Regionally the figures again have many anomalies. The Canaries were showing a 90% increase on the previous months completions. Madrid was up over April despite lockdown . All regions were down on same month of last year.

Andalucia was particularly hard hit. Decreasing heavily on last month and last year.

New loan enquiry levels high

New enquiry levels are high. Only with potential borrowers considering buying. Very few actual purchases seem to be happening at present. For foreign buyers many are waiting to make a viewing trip. Much of which has been put on hold. Due to the UK and Norways decision to insist on self isolation for two weeks on their return.

Covid cases look to be climbing in Europe as it opens up. The next few months will continue to be hard ones in the real estate and lending industry in Spain.

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