March Spanish loan figures
After a few months of being in the doldrums the Spanish mortgage market bounced back a bit in March.
Average loan sizes jumped 4.48% month on month to 137.7k an increase of 16.6% over same month the year before.
Numbers of new loans constituted rise
The number of new Spanish loans registered at land registry were 36.886. This was increase of 16.6% over February and 35.1% over March last year. Whilst the COVID lockdown started March last year this figure is still positive as most registered new mortgages in Spain would relate to completions that took place in February.
Capital lent by Spanish Banks in the month rose by 22% on February 2021 and 44.9% over March last year.
Year to date numbers remain behind 2020 but this should change over the next few months.
Number of new Mortgages in Spain are down 7.8%, Capital lent down 11.8% and the average loan size 4.3% down.
Home loans make up lion share of the market
Home loans as a mortgage product type in Spain made up 68.4% of all new lending again, as last month a higher percentage than is normal. Lending on land was only 6.15 suggesting that commercially there is little confidence amongst developers and Spanish Banks at the moment to start new build projects.
Another positive for the month is that traditionally March numbers for borrowings are behind February. This year it is the first time for 4 years that March is an improvement on February.
Interest rates in Spain
Interest rates in Spain remain low and stable.
The average rate for a Mortgage in Spain is 2.49% based on a 25 year term. Variable rate average was 2.22% and 25 year full term fixed rate 2.75%.
Again as last month fixed rate contracts made up over 50% of all new loans. Variable rates were taken by 43.8% of borrowers and 56.2% were taken up on a fixed rate.
Coastal regions perform well
Coastal areas and Madrid all performed above average. Andalucia held up well up 11.5%. To encourage house sales the Andalucia Junta have dropped purchase taxes from an increasing scale starting at 8% to a flat rate of 7% for the rest of 2021. This should help kick start the market and is a significant saving for those buying at the higher end of the market.
Cataluna increased by 30.3%, Canaries by 31.3%, after a poor February and Madrid by 25%.
One noticeable change in March was however the increase in number of loans in Spain being redeemed or cancelled. Whilst there remained in the month a net inflow of the capital to the loan books for the Spanish lenders the market looked to be normalising a little in this area.
Spain opens up to visitors
The Spanish government have now opened Spain back up for the summer season and appear keen to accept and attract visitors from a much wider range of countries. With many people particularly UK citizens waiting for the green light to visit Spain and start to look for second homes we should see an increase in activity over the next few months.
Many potential buyers have utilised the previous months to go through the mortgage application process so they have a mortgage in Spain pre-approved with only a valuation necessary.