Spain builds again 6 yrs after property crash

Home building is up despite huge stock of unsold homes as many of these empty dwellings are not in urban areas


WHEN Spain's property bubble burst in 2008, the country was plunged into an economic crisis that threw millions of people out of work. Now, after six hard years, and even though hundreds of thousands of properties stand empty, building has restarted in the country.

The decade before the crash saw an all-out building frenzy in the eurozone's fourth-largest economy. Around 700,000 houses were built each year during the 2000s until the bubble burst, more than in Britain, France and Germany combined.

At the same time, municipal and local governments, flush with cash in part from the sale of building licences, undertook massive infrastructure projects, such as Huesca Airport in the foothills of...

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