The sale of homes in Spain is falling, but donations and inheritances are at their peak. Opposite the year-to-year fall of 29.1% sales that was registered in the two first months of the year, inheritances and donations of homes have increased by 8.7%.
From January 2012 to February 2012, sales have plummeted to 63,832 units, compared with 89,981 during the same period in 2011.
On the contrary, the 27,362 homes transferred in the form of inheritances and donations in the two first months of 2012 suppose superior growth to the 2,000 units in the last year and they mark a maximum since the start of the series in 2007.
The total transfers of homes through inheritance and donation has not stopped increasing and they have already entailed 21.3% of the total transfers in the two first months of 2012.
This implies that in relation to 2007, when the series started, inheritances and donations of homes have practically doubled their weight in the whole of home transfers.
It’s difficult to attribute this boom of inheritances and donations of homes to one factor, although one can point out various motives.
However, without a doubt, the economic crisis is the main drive behind donations and inheritances of homes. When faced with the difficulties of their children in obtaining a home and becoming independent, parents are coming to the rescue, giving them a piece of real estate from their property. More and more, young people are facing huge difficulties in gaining a home, in a scene of job scarcity and a strong hardening of financial conditions.
Article extracted from Invertia
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