In the fourth quarter of 2017, seasonally adjusted sales or any other kind of exchange in return for payment of real estate units dedicated to all kinds of use rose (214,044) by 2.1% compared to the previous quarter. Homes and appurtenances registered a growth (+2.5%), while properties for business purposes decreased (-3.1%) . Compared to the previous quarter, the growth concerned North-east (+4.7%), South (+2.2%), North-West (+2.1%) and Centre (+1.5%) areas for transfers of properties dedicated to all kinds of use; in the Islands a decrease was registered (-3.4%). For homes and appurtenances the trend was substantially the same. On the other hand, real estate units for business marked negative values in North-West (-9.6%), South (-7.3%) and Islands (-5.2%) areas.
Nationwide real estate unit exchange agreements increased by 5.6% over the same period of the previous year. For total number of sales or any other kind of exchange of real estate units in return for payment, the expansion concerned the South (+7.8%), North-East (+6.3%), North-West (+6.2%) and Centre (+4.5%). The growth concerned metropolitan cities and small municipalities: transfers of residential properties increased respectively by +4.3% and by +6.7% and transfers of properties of real estate units for business purposes increased respectively by +4.7% and by +7.8%.
In relation to the type of use, the transfers of residential properties rose by +5.6%, those for business use by +6.5% and transfers of multi-owned properties and real estates for special uses by 3.2%.