A director of estate
agents Knight Frank in Spain points ouit that the Spanish property market dips in September after 8 months on
After the euphoria of August, when the market surged 27pc, a major blow to morale in September, as the market
shrank 4.5pc compared to last year, ending a run of 8 months uninterrupted growth.
Excluding social housing, there were 31,763 house sales in September, down 19pc on August and 4.5pc on the same
month last year, according to the latest figures from the INE.
As illustrated by the chart above, September was a major setback for any talk of a Spanish property market
recovery. Sales crashed to the lowest level in years after rising to the highest level in 2 years in August.
Compared to last year, September sales were down 28pc in Extremadura, 27pc in Castellon (Costa Azahar), and 25pc
in Granada (Costa Tropical), and 25pc in Cadiz (Costa de la Luz). On the other hand, sales were up 49pc in Teruel,
25pc in Huelva, and 18pc in Tarragona (Costa Dorada).
Both new and resale transactions had a bad month, but new sales disappointed in particular, dropping 10pc on
Nevertheless, year-to-date, the market is still up by 10.3pc over 2009, and we need to wait a couple of months
to see if September represents a one-off or the start of a new trend downwards.
And finally, the table shows you the change in selected regional markets in the year to date. Barcelona is
doing best, up 38pc on the same period last year, and Las Palmas in The Canary Islands is doing worst, down
Article reproduced with kind permission from Mark Stucklin of the www.spanishpropertyinsight.com