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Sareb Tries to Improve Spain Real Estate Sales

Posted by Staff Reporter on Apr 04, 2016 05:44 AM EDT
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Mortgage Victim Platform (PAH) members collect signatures for their petition outside Caja Madrid main office on November 12, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. Spain's banks announced today that for the next two years they will suspend mortgage-related evictions of the most vulnerable people. The Spanish Banking Association (AEB) reacted three days after a woman in Barakaldo took her life just before she was due to be evicted from her home. A male homeowner facing eviction in Grenada committed suicide fifteen days earlier. There have been around 350,000 house evictions since Spain's property market crashed in 2008. The Platform for Mortgage Victims organisation has been preventing some evictions by blocking access to houses under threat of repossession. (Photo : Getty Images/Pablo Blazquez Dominguez)

Spain real estate sales entered its third consecutive year of losses on March 31, Thursday. It once again came short of its predictions to make an initial profit in its second year. It had eaten deeper into its capital reserves, which was primarily set up to clean the unneeded elements in the finance sector.

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A further hit to the reserves could push the government to go in to inject more capital, given the fact that commercial banks were reluctant to do so. While the efforts are continuing, this will raise the risk of the remaining 43.5 billion euros in assets ending up on the state balance sheet.

Spain real estate bank Sareb unveiled a $538.08 million loss in tax for 2015. Numerous sources revealed that it was reasonable enough to predict profit in 2017, but not this year as figures are too low. Set up in 2012, Sareb received 50 billion euros in land, buildings and loans from lenders such as Bankia with a mission of selling the properties back to the market.

The vehicle, which was owned by the federal government and Spain's congregation of banks, was still lumbered with thousands of assets which were hard to sell, and it includes the underdeveloped land in rural districts and unfinished condo blocks, according to a feature from The Wall Street Journal.

Its 2015 finances were bombarded by provisions of 2.04 billion euros worth of problematic loans and 968 million euros that had already been set aside. After portfolio was revalued, Sareb had to write off an estimated 3 billion euros worth of properties.

Spain real estate's loss last year, however, was significantly below the revised 1 billion euro loss predicted in 2014. The bank stated that it would burn through capital as more losses continued. Sareb pointed to improving land sales despite a downturn in residential property sales, according to a feature from Reuters.

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