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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
April 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...

iMFdirect Blog

Monetary Policy and Financial Stability: Canada's House-Price Dilemma

Canada's housing market is sizzling hot and the Bank of Canada has a monetary policy dilemma: increase interest rates to cool the housing market would hurt borrowers and the economy; keep interest rates low adds fuel to the borrowing that led to the rise in housing prices and in household debt. What to do?

Working Paper

Financial Stability and Interest-Rate Policy: A Quantitative Assessment of Costs and Benefits

Should monetary policy use its short-term policy rate to stabilize the growth in household credit and housing prices with the aim of promoting financial stability? We ask this question for the case of Canada. We find that to a first approximation, the answer is no—especially when the economy is slowing down. Read more...

New Zealand: Selected Issues

House Prices, Household Debt, and Financial Stability Risks in New Zealand

This paper traces the evolution of New Zealand house prices and household debt in an international perspective, analyzes long-term fundamental determinants of house prices and assesses macroeconomic risks stemming from the rapid increase in house prices and household debt. Read more on page 15 of the report...

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Last Updated: April 20, 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