Spain home sales hit by price mismatch

Bids are 22% lower than asking prices in Madrid, study shows

[MADRID] Offers to buy Spanish homes fell short of the asking prices by 23 per cent on average last year, damping expectations that the nation's residential values have reached bottom, according to

Bids were 22 per cent less for homes in Madrid and 23 per cent lower in Barcelona, according to the study published on Tuesday by Idealista, Spain's largest property website. Home prices rose for the first time since 2010 in the third quarter, official statistics showed.

"There is still a mismatch between asking prices and selling prices, for which there is no official data in Spain," said Fernando Encinar, Idealista's co-founder.

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