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1Q18 ended with a greater increase in home sales than previous quarters, despite the contraction seen in March. This increase encouraged housing prices to rise, although at slower rates and with heightened regional heterogeneity, according to appraisals. Housing investment, for its part, rose sharply in 1Q18.
After three months of stability, home sales grew in January. The positive economic situation, coupled with good news from the mortgage market, continues to bolster residential demand. The biggest highlight in construction for January was an increase in the sale of land and a moderation in the growth of visas.
House sales remained virtually stable for the second month in a row. This is accompanied by an increase in housing prices and a slight correction in the signing of building permits in 4Q17. The first data for 2018 are positive for the sector: new mortgage credit grew, and financial costs remain minimal.
Following a slump in October, home sales plateaued in November. Information from subsequent months, however, points to reinvigorated sales, with mortgages up in December and both employment and consumer confidence showing improvements at the outset of 2018. Visas, meanwhile, were down in November.