The sale of free housing registered 171,282 transactions in the second quarter of 2021, the highest figure since 2007, after registering an increase of 128% compared to the same period in 2020, according to provisional data from the statistics on real estate transactions from the Ministry of Transport , Mobility and Urban Agenda consulted by Europa Press.

After the fall of the first quarter, the rise registered between April and June 2021 recovers the trend of the last half of 2020, when the market left behind the impact of the pandemic, reflected in the low figures of the second quarter of 2020, with 75,155 transactions .

The Canary Islands and the Valencian Community were the autonomous communities that had the greatest increase in transactions in the second quarter of the year, with a rise of 169% year-on-year. In the archipelago, the sale of free housing reached 6,225 operations, while in the Valencian Community, the total stood at 25,802.

Although all the autonomies showed upturns, it was more moderate in the case of the Basque Country and Navarra, with an increase of 42% and 43%, respectively.

By provinces, Castellón led the sales of free housing, with an increase of 231% compared to the second quarter of 2020, reaching 3,296 operations, and Soria, with 293 sales, which represented an increase of 205%.

Among those 171,282 transactions for the sale of free housing in the second quarter, 15,787 were new free housing and 155,495, second-hand. In the case of new free housing, the year-on-year increase was 57%, while in the case of second-hand free housing, transactions grew by 138.8%, according to statistics from the Ministry.

By autonomous communities, the sale of second-hand free housing recovered in all autonomous regions, but that of new free housing fell by 13% in Aragon and 43% in the Basque Country.

In the case of protected housing, transactions reached 5,925 operations between April and June 2021, 57.4% more than in the same quarter of 2020. The Canary Islands led the ranking, with a rise of 234%, while in Navarra they fell 70.8%.