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Housing Glossary

You will find information here on all topics relating to housing in Barcelona


Accrued interest

The interest applied as a penalisation when the debtor does not comply with repayment obligations. The amount must be established in the contract.

Active supermortgage

This allows the client to choose their loan's benchmark index (MIBOR at three months, six months or a year) so that payment can benefit from lower interest rates sooner.

Adaptable instalment

Characteristic of UCI superloans that allow the borrower to not pay one instalment a year for the first three years if there are problems due to holidays, extraordinary expenses, etc.

Advanced cancellation fee

A commission arising from the financial risk involved in the advanced cancellation of an operation. The applied commission compensates the financial institution for its financial losses.


Direct state aid for paying the deposit on a property.

Affordable housing

Group of social housing or dwellings from social renovation projects that are sold or rented at below-market prices.

Affordable rent

The cost of renting these dwellings is below market prices after being included in operations concerning the rented flat pool, social renovation or social housing promotions.


Payment made to repay a loan.

Amortisation period

The duration of the loan. The contract establishes the date of the first and last payments. The longer the period, the lower the payments are, but the higher the interest. You therefore pay more in the end. The monthly instalment should not exceed 35% of your net income.


Estate agent. A qualified professional who acts as an intermediary between the two interested parties to facilitate the signing of a real estate contract, which can be a rental agreement, a sales agreement or another similar contract. They usually charge a percentage of the sales price as compensation or commission.


A citizen who makes a registration application to the Barcelona Social Housing Applicants Registry, and who represents the other members of the dwelling unit included in the application.


Annual Equivalent Rate. Effective annual cost of the mortgage in terms of interest, commissions and the repayment period. To compare loans, it is not enough to just look at the lowest APR, you also have to compare the conditions, the repayment period and the distribution of instalment payments.

Arbitri municipal de plusvàlua

Former denomination of the capital gains tax on landed property.


The value of a dwelling certified by a specialised assessment company, in accordance with the mortgage market law. This certificate not only indicates the real value of the property, it also serves as a reference for obtaining the necessary financing.


Document in which the owner authorises the tenant to carry out building work in the dwelling's interior.

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A new app to monitor the property market in the city

10/03/2021 - 16:50

Housing. The tool allows users to check data on sales, prices and locations.

A new app has been launched to follow property sales in the city almost in real time, allowing users to check on sales operations, prices and locations. The data are anonymous and are uploaded weekly.

The information from the app developed by the Municipal Data Office (OMD) comes from notary registers of property sales and purchases in Barcelona. The analysis and publication of data on other forms of property transmission are anticipated soon, such as inheritances and donations.

The data are updated weekly, with users able to see the evolution of house prices and other sources for sales prices for flats changing hands. Very accurate searches can also be made for the volume and average price per square metre for registered sales operations, and statistics can be downloaded.

Drop in the number of sales

In terms of homes changing hands, the 2,982 sales operations from the fourth quarter of 2020 represent a drop of 11.9%. L’Eixample, with 482 sales, and Sant Martí, with 404, and Horta-Guinardó, with 328, are the districts with the highest figures.

Sales prices for housing maintained a slight upward trend despite the crisis. Forecasts for the short-term are for sales prices to come to a standstill or to drop slightly. In terms of the evolution of prices, the average price in the fourth quarter of 2020 was 3,139 euros per square metre.

Click on this link to find the app on property sales in Barcelona.


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