Spanish fixed rates prominent in October 2022


Fixed rate mortgages in Spain increase in numbers

Octobers Spanish Mortgage figures showed a decline in numbers, average loan size and capital lent in comparison to September. Fixed rates Spain were prominent in October 2022.

The last 2 years October levels have been higher than September but not too much should read into the figures as last year in October Spain was coming out of a significant lock down and many delayed or postponed completions had started to happen again.

More enquiries for home improvements are happening as well as purchase loans.

Home improvements

Numbers of new Spanish loans in the month

In total 36.249 Spanish home loans completed in the month. This was minus 14.8% on the previous month, up 27.9% on same month of last year and accumulated year to date up 23.6%.

Capital lent in October including fixed rates Spain

Capital lent was 5.006.38. This was minus 18.2% on the previous month, up 30.3% on same month of last year and accumulated year to date up 26.1%.

Average Spanish loan sizes

Average loan size was 138.k. This was minus 4% on the previous month, plus 1.9 % on same month of last year and accumulated year to date up 2%

Last year in same month average loan size in Spain was 135.4% and in September this year 143.8%.

Home loans as a percentage of all Spanish Bank lending

In total of all new Spanish Bank lending in the month 71.3% was for the purpose of buying a home. Rustic purchase and loans for the purchase of development land remain very low.

Interest rates affect of fixed rates Spain

Interest rates have been slowing creeping up over the last 12 months but the increases are negligible. Last October 2020 the average home loan rate was 2.44% and September 2021 2.47%. By comparison October 2021 average rate was 2.556%.

The average variable rate was 2.28% and average fixed rate 2.69%.

Fixed rate Spanish product accessibility continues to grow

Of all new Spanish Mortgages offered and signed 67.2% did so on a fixed rate basis. The tendency toward fixed rates in these uncertain times seems to be continuing. This is a major change in the market over the last 10 years when fixed rates only formed less than 5% of all Mortgages in Spain.

Partly regulation has helped fuel the move to fixed rates, making it easier to achieve and partly commercial aspects driven by the lenders, again providing a much wider range of products in their fixed rate portfolios.

With the only real perceived downside of taking a full term fixed rate product being potential higher early prepayment penalties. Regulation that only allows this to be applied if interest rates drop lower in the future. Historically low interest rates unlikely to drop further fixed rates and the stability they provide to the borrower look to be a good option.

Andalucia hold purchase tax reductions into 2022

In a continuing effort to keep the market upbeat and fluid Andalucia have retained indefinitely the purchase tax reductions introduced in 2021.

Loans redeemed

In total in October  31.567 Spanish mortgages were cancelled or redeemed. Whilst this is higher than has been the case over the last few months never the less more new loans were added to the Spanish Banks books than were lost.

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