House prices continue to rise

In August, owner-occupied dwellings (excluding new constructions) were on average 17.8 percent more expensive than in the same month last year. It is the largest increase since October 2000. The price rise moderated slightly in 2019 but picked up again after that. 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
YearMonthChange (year-on-year % change)
2017September7.3
2017October8.2
2017November8.2
2017December8.2
2018January8.8
2018February9.5
2018March8.6
2018April8.8
2018May8.9
2018June8.9
2018July9
2018August9.3
2018September9.3
2018October9
2018November9.5
2018December8.4
2019January8.7
2019February7.5
2019March7.7
2019April7.7
2019May7.2
2019June6.9
2019July7
2019August5.7
2019September6.1
2019October6.3
2019November5.8
2019December6.5
2020January6.3
2020February6.6
2020March7
2020April7.3
2020May7.7
2020June7.6
2020July7.4
2020August8.2
2020September8.6
2020October9.1
2020November8.9
2020December8.3
2021January9.3
2021February10.4
2021March11.3
2021April11.5
2021May12.9
2021June14.6
2021July16.3
2021August17.8
Source: CBS, Kadaster

House prices show upward trend

House prices reached a low in June 2013; they have followed an upward trend since then, reaching a new record level in June 2021. Compared to the low in July 2013, house prices were almost 78 percent higher on average in August.

Price index of existing owner-occupied dwellings
YearMonth(2015=100) (2015=100)
2017September115
2017October115.8
2017November116.4
2017December116.8
2018January118.6
2018February119.7
2018March120.1
2018April120.6
2018May121.7
2018June122.5
2018July123.7
2018August125.4
2018September125.7
2018October126.2
2018November127.4
2018December126.6
2019January128.8
2019February128.7
2019March129.2
2019April129.8
2019May130.4
2019June130.9
2019July132.4
2019August132.5
2019September133.4
2019October134.1
2019November134.8
2019December134.8
2020January136.9
2020February137.2
2020March138.3
2020April139.3
2020May140.4
2020June140.9
2020July142.2
2020August143.4
2020September144.8
2020October146.3
2020November146.8
2020December146.1
2021January149.7
2021February151.4
2021March153.9
2021April155.3
2021May158.4
2021June161.4
2021July165.3
2021August168.9
Source: CBS, Kadaster

Fewer housing transactions in August

According to The Netherlands’ Cadastre, the total number of transactions recorded over the month of August 2021 stood at 17,257. This is over 9 percent lower than one year previously. In the first eight months of this year, altogether 155,714 dwellings changed owners, representing an increase of over 5 percent relative to the same period in 2020.

Number of sold existing owner-occupied dwellings
YearMonthChange (year-on-year % change)
2017September-1.8
2017October16.2
2017November7.6
2017December4.4
2018January-3.1
2018February-9.1
2018March-7.7
2018April-2.6
2018May-8.8
2018June-15
2018July-2
2018August0.5
2018September-20.3
2018October-6.6
2018November-6.9
2018December-26.4
2019January-5.7
2019February-3.9
2019March-15.7
2019April6.4
2019May8.1
2019June-15.9
2019July7.5
2019August-6.3
2019September11.3
2019October0
2019November0.3
2019December16.2
2020January15.9
2020February-0.3
2020March10.6
2020April9
2020May-6.9
2020June14.4
2020July7.3
2020August-2.8
2020September12.5
2020October17.8
2020November0.6
2020December16.1
2021January39.9
2021February9.4
2021March35.5
2021April0.5
2021May-12.1
2021June-0.1
2021July-15.6
2021August-9.3
Source: CBS, Kadaster