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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.

Housing Finance and Real Estate Markets in Colombia

Colombian house prices have increased significantly between 2005 and 2016. This paper estimates the extent of misalignments in house prices relative to fundamentals and evaluates the overall risk to the economy from the housing sector. The results suggest a moderate house price misalignment relative to fundamentals which is, however, mitigated by housing finance characteristics. Continue reading here.

Das House-Kapital: A Long Term Housing & Macro Model

There are, by now, several long term, time series data sets on important housing & macro variables, such as land prices, house prices, and the housing wealth-to-income ratio. However, an appropriate theory that can be employed to think about such data and associated research questions has been lacking. We present a new housing & macro model that is designed specifically to analyze the long term. Continue reading here.

Malta's Housing Sector: Potential Vulnerabilities

This note assesses vulnerabilities and risks associated with the property market in Malta. The data do not appear to point to a house price misalignment at present, yet a combination of demand and supply factors are likely to exert sustained pressures on house prices going forward. Moreover, elevated households' indebtedness, combined with high and increasing bank exposure to property market, pose vulnerabilities to a potential negative house price shock. Read more...

Understanding Turkish Residential Real Estate Dynamics

Turkish housing valuations appear to be stretched benchmarked against a variety of standard metrics. However, macroeconomic spillovers from housing market risks may be contained, as the household sector still has buffers to cushion against possible price corrections. House prices show a strong relationship with financial and labor market conditions, as well as mortgage debt affordability. Read more...

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Last Updated: May 3, 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