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Housing prices rise again in Malaga in first three months of the year as the province remains one of the most active real estate markets in Spain
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Housing prices rise again in Malaga in first three months of the year as the province remains one of the most active real estate markets in Spain

Latest real estate data shows the average price per square metre of a property for sale has soared to 2,412 euros, with rental prices also continuing to rocket

Jesús Hinojosa

Malaga

Wednesday, 17 April 2024, 10:04

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After a slight drop in the third quarter of last year, the price of housing has risen once again in Malaga province, according to the latest data.

In the first three months of this year, the average price per square metre of a property for sale in the province has climbed to 2,412 euros, according to estate appraisal firm Gesvalt. It is 1.2% more than the figure recorded at the end of 2023 and about the same figure as a year ago, when the valuer's studies showed an average price of 2,419 euros per square metre. The data shows the 4% drop in the prices of property for sale in Malaga in the third quarter of last year was a one-off event.

Additionally, rental prices continue to soar in both Malaga city and throughout the province. According to Gesvalt data, the average rental price at provincial level is 14.32 euros per square metre, which is 13.5% more than a year ago and 3.2% more than three months ago.

However, the increase in rent is most noticeable in Malaga city, where the average cost has risen to 14.41 euros per square metre, 16% more than a year ago, according to the data.

In Malaga city, the average price of housing for sale stands at 2,374 euros per square metre, which is 8% more than in the first quarter of 2023 and 2.5% more than in last year's year-end report.

According to Gregorio Abril, Gesvalt's regional director for Andalucía and Extremadura, house prices in Malaga are set to continue "the upward trend of recent months, but at a more moderate pace than in recent years, tending towards stabilisation, after the slight slowdown in demand caused by successive interest rate increases and a general economic slowdown". "Once this phase has been overcome, and with the prospect of the next interest rate cuts, demand has once again been reactivated in a market that remains under pressure, pushing prices up again," Abril said.

One of most active real estate markets in Spain

Malaga is one of the most active real estate markets in Spain, "with demand, both national and international, very active, compared to a supply that, despite the efforts of the city council and the great developer activity, is still insufficient to satisfy it", the real estate expert added. "All these factors lead us to believe that there will not be a change in trend in the coming months and it is not possible to foresee when price rises will be limited."

As for the unstoppable rise in rent, Abril pointed out that this is a "more paradigmatic issue than that of buying and selling". "While supply is more limited than for sales, there is a transfer of demand from the buying and selling to the rental market, due to the number of buyers who are unable to afford the purchase of a home at current prices and decide to opt for renting as a way of life. Our forecast is that the current trend will continue over the next few years," he added.

Throughout the province, Marbella continues to lead in rental prices with an average of 18.8 euros per square metre, 12% more than a year ago. Also noteworthy is the rise in rent in towns such as Torremolinos and Benalmádena, possibly due to the increase of prices in Malaga city leading to an increase in demand for rentals in these municipalities. In the case of Torremolinos, rent has risen to 14.6 euros per square metre and is now at the same level as Estepona, with a year-on-year increase of 12%, the data shows. At the other extreme, Velez-Malaga offers rents at half of those registered on the Costa del Sol, with prices around 7.5 euros per square metre.

In terms of homes for sale in Malaga municipalities with more than 50,000 inhabitants, Marbella continues to lead the way with an average cost of 3,202 euros per square metre, followed by Benalmádena, with 2,423 euros per square metre. In contrast, in the eastern part of Malaga province, the price drops to 1,391 euros, according to the data.

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