Feb 2012 was the worst month for the issuing of mortgages for decades. Just 26,415 mortgages were signed that month, according to the INE stats people. A 47,1% fall from January, as El Mundo notes. 1,029 of these were signed in Almería (here’s the total breakdown in pdf format).
By way of comparision: in Feb 2011 a total of 76,398 mortgages were signed. Feb 2010: 88,523. Feb 2009 a total of 86,946. Feb 2008: 124.919. Feb 2007: 154.087. Etc etc etc.
Here’s the INE page for more info.