House prices 7 percent higher in July

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In July 2019, prices of owner-occupied dwellings (excluding new constructions) were on average 7.0 percent higher than in the same month last year. The price increase was more or less the same as in the previous month. This is evident from price monitoring of existing owner-occupied dwellings by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) and The Netherlands’ Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency.

Price development of existing owner-occupied dwellings (year-on-year % change)
YearMonthChange
2015August2.5
September3.5
October3.4
November3.8
December3.2
2016January4.1
February3.8
March4.3
April4.2
May4.3
June4.6
July4.9
August6
September5.9
October5.6
November6
December6.7
2017January6.4
February6.7
March7.3
April7.4
May7.8
June8
July7.6
August7.8
September7.3
October8.2
November8.2
December8.2
2018January8.8
February9.5
March8.6
April8.8
May8.9
June8.9
July9
August9.3
September9.3
October9
November9.5
December8.4
2019January8.7
February7.5
March7.7
April7.7
May7.2
June6.9
July7
Source: CBS, Kadaster

House prices show upward trend

House prices reached a record high in August 2008 and subsequently started to decline, reaching a low in June 2013. The trend has been upward since then. In May 2018, the price index of owner-occupied dwellings exceeded the record level of August 2008 for the first time. In July 2019, house prices reached the highest level ever. Compared to the low in June 2013, house prices were up by over 39 percent on average in July 2019.

Price index of existing owner-occupied dwellings (2015=100)
YearMonth(2015=100)
2015August100.4
September101.2
October101.4
November101.5
December101.1
2016January102.4
February102.5
March103
April103.2
May103.7
June104.3
July105.5
August106.4
September107.2
October107
November107.5
December107.9
2017January108.9
February109.3
March110.5
April110.9
May111.7
June112.5
July113.5
August114.6
September115
October115.8
November116.4
December116.8
2018January118.6
February119.7
March120.1
April120.6
May121.7
June122.5
July123.7
August125.4
September125.7
October126.2
November127.4
December126.6
2019January128.8
February128.7
March129.2
April129.8
May130.4
June130.9
July132.4
Source: CBS, Kadaster

Number of housing transactions up in July

According to figures by The Netherlands’ Cadastre, the total number of dwellings sold in the month of July 2019 stood at 21,039. This is 7.5 percent more than in July 2018. In the first seven months of this year, 120,976 dwellings were sold, a decrease of almost 3 percent compared to the same period in 2018.

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