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After the COVID-19 crisis, construction rebounded and drove the economic recovery, but this dynamism was not replicated in the real estate market. The macroeconomic context makes access to housing more difficult. Due to the new demands, the office market faces new challenges.
Young Spaniards emancipate at the age of 30, some three years later than the European average. One of the main reasons for this delay is related to the difficulty of accessing low-cost housing in a location that meets the preferences of recent graduates.
Young Spaniards emancipate at the age of 30, about three years later than the European average. One of the main reasons for this delay is related to the difficulty of accessing housing at a reduced cost and in a location that meets the preferences of recent graduates.
Home sales have been rallying since the second half of 2020, yet supply is barely growing. If the factors behind the sector’s sluggish recovery are not promptly addressed, the resulting pressure will push prices even higher.
At the end of 2021, Construction grew faster than the economy, facing a strong increase in input prices, it is expected that in 2022 it will grow, driven by Civil Works. The mortgage market continues to advance but at a more moderate pace for this year.
In the coming months, the real estate sector will be conditioned by the downward revision of economic growth, the war in Ukraine, the shortage and high inflation of construction materials, the foreseeable rise in interest rates and the persistence of regulatory uncertainty.
During the confinement, families spent more time at home, which in some cases awakened the need, or the desire, to have a larger house to make day-to-day life at home easier and, who knows, to be prepared for similar eventualities in the future.
Some 675,000 homes were sold in Spain in 2021, 38.1% more than in 2020, and well above the level of 2019, before the outbreak of the pandemic. Sales regained the pre-pandemic level in the summer of 2020 and have maintained a robust growth trend since then.