The purchase and sale of homes has started 2017 as ended 2016 (13.6%) and as it has already several exercises: up. During the first month of the year, the number of home transactions amounted to 38,457, its highest figure since January 2013, when almost 40,000 operations were carried out, 18.1% more than in the same period of 2016, according to National Statistics Institute (INE).
This increase, which has been followed by 12 consecutive months of year-on-year increases, is higher than in December 2016, a month in which these operations increased by 6.8% year-on-year. In inter-monthly terms (January to December), home purchase increased by 30%, its biggest increase in this month since 2014. By typologies, transactions on used homes increased by 20.7% in relation to January 2016, up to Totalling 31,628 operations; While the purchase and sale of new homes advanced by 7.2% year-on-year to 6,829 transactions.
In addition, 89.8% of the homes transmitted by purchase and sale in the first month of the year were freehold properties and 9.7% protected. Free housing sales increased by 17.9% in January year-on-year to 34,544 transactions, while protected housing operations rose 19.5% to 3,913 transactions.
As regards activity by autonomous communities, the largest number of housing sales per 100,000 inhabitants occurred in Baleares (150), Comunidad Valenciana (134) and La Rioja (129). On the other hand, Andalusia was the region that carried out the most operations on housing in the first month of the year, with 6,776 sales, followed by Catalonia (6,752), Madrid (5,818) and Comunidad Valenciana (5,248).
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