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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.

Blog: Global House Prices: Time to Worry Again?

During 2007-08, house prices in several countries collapsed, marking the onset of a global financial crisis. The IMFs Global House Price Index, a simple average of real house prices for 57 countries, is now almost back to its level before the crisis. Is it time to worry again about a global fall in house prices? Read more...

Global Housing Watch Quarterly Update
November 2016

This Quarterly Update includes an update of the Global House Price Index and our other core charts, and a discussion of house price developments in some cities within major commodity-producing countries (Australia, Canada, China, Norway and the United States). Read more...

Working Paper

Can Property Taxes Reduce House Price Volatility? Evidence from U.S. Regions

This paper analyzes the relationship between property tax rates and house price volatility across the United States. It finds that property tax rates have a negative impact on house price volatility. The impact is causal, with increases in property tax rates leading to a reduction in house price volatility. Read the paper here.

Working Paper

How to better measure hedonic residential property price indexes

Hedonic regressions are used for property price index measurement to control for changes in the quality-mix of properties transacted. A practical hedonic methodology is proposed that (i) is weighted at a basic level; (ii) has a new (quasi-) superlative form; (iii) is suitable for sparse data in thin markets; and (iv) only requires the periodic estimation of hedonic regressions for reference periods. Read the report here.

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Last Updated: October 31, 2016

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