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Spanish mortgage activity rose in November but the amount of money borrowed on the average residential mortgage dropped, along with the number of housing purchases.

A total of 21,698 mortgages were constituted on residential housing during November, representing a rise of 3.5% from the same period in 2017. Meanwhile, the average loan capital fell by 1.8% to €133,892, the first year-on-year decline in nine months, and property sales fell by 3.6% to 47,254 units. Read more »

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In 2018, the number of people officially out of work in Spain dropped by 6.17%, from the year before, to reach the lowest rate of unemployment since 2009, according to new data released by the Spanish labour ministry.

Since reaching a peak of over 26% in 2013, Spain’s unemployment rate has been steadily falling following strong economic growth; by the end of 2018, unemployment figures stood at 3.2 million – although this shows significant improvement, the figure is still the second highest jobless rate of any eurozone country, after Greece. Read more »

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Spanish property prices are predicted to grow in 2019 along with the number of property sales.

The Spanish property market recovery is set to continue this year, with prices rising between 5% and 7%, forecasts leading property valuation firm Tinsa. The firm already confirmed that nationwide house prices rose by 5.6% year-on-year in November. Read more »

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The ongoing recovery in Spanish house prices continued through November with all categories identified by Tinsa showing year-on-year increases.

The sharpest price increase occurred in houses located in ‘regional capitals and other large cities’, where values rose by 9.4% compared with the same month the year before, while property prices in ‘Mediterranean coastal areas’ rose by 7.8%. Read more »

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The UK supplied 22.7% of all foreign visitors in Spain during the month of October, new government data shows.

From January to October, a total of 73.86 million foreign tourists have visited Spain, representing a 0.5% increase from the same period last year; the UK accounted for 16.7 million tourists during this time. Read more »