Living in Spain’s most expensive region, Madrid, costs 43% more than in its cheapest, Extremadura, according to a study presented by Jaume García, former head of the National Statistics Institute and now a professor at Catalonia’s Pompeu Fabra University.
What’s more, the study, which was commissioned by the Catalan regional government, shows that taking the cost of living into account reduces the disparities in income among the regions.
Without applying any kind of correction, the Basque Country is the Spanish region with the highest GDP per inhabitant (€30,051), while Extremadura has the lowest (€15,133) – a difference of 98%, almost double.
After taking the cost of living into account, the Basque Country remains the region with the highest per capita income (€27,895), but Andalusia moves into last place with €18,058. At the same time, the difference between the top and bottom regions drops from 98% to 54%, according to the report.
Spanish house prices have increased at their fastest rate since the downturn, up 5.12% in the 12 months to the end of June, the latest index report shows. This is up from 2.65% in the previous quarter, according to the data from the Property Registrars which also shows that quarter on quarter price increased by 2.8%.
The latest rise in price growth means that prices are down 29% nationally since the peak of the market, but there are considerable regional variations.
The timid recovery of the Spanish real estate market has started to become noticeable in property prices.
Free-market house prices experienced their first quarterly increase in late 2014, according to figures released by the Public Works Ministry. There had not been an uptick in the market since early 2008.
Prices rose 0.5% in Spain as a whole thanks primarily to a surge in demand for existing homes, which now represent nearly two thirds of sales.
The value of existing homes grew 0.2% from the previous quarter, while the price of new homes retreated 0.1%.