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Global Housing Watch

The Global Housing Watch tracks developments in housing markets across the world on a quarterly basis. It provides current data on house prices as well as metrics used to assess valuation in housing markets, such as house price‑to‑rent and house-price‑to‑income ratios.

Global Housing Watch Quarterly Update
Q2 2017

The Q2 2017 Quarterly Update includes an update of the IMF's Global House Price Index and IMF's latest assessments of country specific housing markets. Read the report.

Macroprudential Policy and High Household Debt

Macroprudential Policy and High Household Debt

Household debt rose rapidly, posing risks to growth and financial stability. Example of other countries that safely operate with higher levels of household debt suggests that steps to strengthen financial resilience can lessen these risks. Macroprudential policies have been tightened aggressively to contain these risks and appear to be working. Continue reading here.

Housing Market Imbalances in Australia: Development, Prospects, and Policies

Housing Market Imbalances in Australia: Development, Prospects, and Policies

The recent housing boom in Australia is primarily a regional boom, driven by demand shifts and amplified by legacy imbalances and a slow supply response. While Australias real house prices have risen significantly faster than the OECD average over the past few years, much of this rise has been driven by developments in Sydney and Melbourne even though some of the demand drivers have been national, notably lower interest rates. Continue reading here.

Housing Market: Assessment and Policy Recommendation

Housing Market: Assessment and Policy Recommendation

Luxembourgs housing market has experienced continuously rising real estate prices which pose affordability problems and could lead to excessive indebtedness of some households as demand growth driven by demographic growth has outstripped new construction of dwellings. This affordability problem appears significant in a cross-country perspective. However, house prices remain broadly aligned with fundamentals, and the key issue to address is a lack of supply. Continue reading here.

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Last Updated: May 1, 2018

Global House Price Index

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House Prices Around the World

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Credit Growth Around the World

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House Price-to-Income Ratio

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House Price-to-Rent Ratio