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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.

Assessing China's Residential Real Estate Market

China's real estate market rebounded sharply after a temporary slowdown in 2014-2015. The tightening measures since late 2016 seem to have dampened market activity, but house prices and sales remain strong, particularly in smaller cities. Continue reading here.

Stabilizing the System of Mortgage Finance in the United States

It has been over a decade since the peak of house prices in the US was attained, and while there has been a concerted regulatory response to the subsequent collapse, the two Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) remain in conservatorship. Continue reading here.

How Advanced Economies Tackle Housing Market Imbalances: Lessons for Canada

Low interest rates and abundant liquidity globally has led to significant demand pressures on housing markets around the world. Economies have tackled growing imbalances with the continued tightening of prudential-based tools and, in some cases, targeted tax measures. Continue reading here.

Are House Prices Overvalued in Norway?--A Cross-Country Analysis

This paper examines various factors driving the uptrend in house prices, with a particular focus on institutional and structural factors. The extent of a possible valuation gap is gauged empirically in the context of a cross-country panel analysis of long-run fundamental determinants of house prices using data from 20 OECD countries. Continue reading here.

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Last Updated: September 12, 2017

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