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Indices of residential property prices: 2019 Q3

12/12/2019 - Press Releases

According to data collected from credit institutions,(1) nominal apartment prices are estimated to have increased on average by 9.1% year-on-year in the third quarter of 2019. According to revised data, the increase in the first and second quarters of 2019 was 5.3% and 7.7% year-on-year respectively, while in 2018 nominal apartment prices increased on average by 1.8%.

Indices of apartment prices by age and geographical area

More specifically, in the third quarter of 2019, the year-on-year rate of increase in prices was 9.0% for "new" apartments (up to 5 years old) and 9.2% for "old" apartments (over 5 years old). According to revised data, in 2018 the average annual rate of increase in the prices of "new" and "old" apartments was 2.0% and 1.6% respectively.

According to regional data, in the third quarter of 2019 apartment prices are estimated to have increased year-on-year by 11.9% in Athens, 8.5% in Thessaloniki, 6.9% in other cities and 6.3% in other areas of Greece. According to revised data, for 2018, in comparison with 2017, apartment prices increased on average by 2.8%, 1.1%, 0.8% and 1.1% respectively in the above-mentioned areas. Finally, as regards all urban areas of the country, in the third quarter of 2019 apartment prices increased by 9.3% year-on-year, while based on revised data, for 2018, apartment prices increased at an average annual rate of 1.8%.

Detailed tables on house prices by geographical area and with a distinction between “new” and “old” apartments are published in the Bank of Greece “Bulletin of Conjunctural Indicators” (Tables ΙΙ.7, ΙΙ.7.1, ΙΙ.7.2 and ΙΙ.8) and are also available on the Bank of Greece website under “Real Estate Market Analysis” section.

INDICES OF APARTMENT PRICES (1) (2)

 

2017

2018 *

2018 *

2019 *

Q3

Q4*

Q1*

Q2*

Q3*

Ι. OVERALL

Price index (2007=100)

59.0

60.0

60.2

60.9

62.4

64.4

65.7

(%) change over previous year

-1.0

1.8

2.3

3.0

5.3

7.7

9.1

 

II. BY AGE

1. New (up to 5 years old)

Price index (2007=100)

60.7

61.9

62.1

62.9

64.4

66.4

67.6

(%) change over previous year

-0.8

2.0

2.7

3.2

5.3

7.9

9.0

2. Old (over 5 years old)

Price index (2007=100)

57.9

58.9

59.1

59.6

61.2

63.2

64.5

(%) change over previous year

-1.2

1.6

2.0

2.9

5.3

7.6

9.2

 

ΙΙΙ. BY GEOGRAPHICAL AREA

1. Athens

Price index (2007=100)

56.2

57.8

58.3

59.0

60.8

63.8

65.2

(%) change over previous year

-1.0

2.8

3.6

4.9

7.5

11.2

11.9

2. Thessaloniki

Price index (2007=100)

54.5

55.1

54.8

56.0

58.2

59.1

59.5

(%) change over previous year

-1.4

1.1

1.3

2.3

6.6

7.7

8.5

3. Other cities

Price index (2007=100)

61.6

62.1

62.1

62.5

63.5

64.7

66.3

(%) change over previous year

-1.1

0.8

0.8

1.2

2.6

4.2

6.9

4. Other areas of Greece

Price index (2007=100)

64.1

64.8

64.8

65.3

66.5

67.7

68.9

(%) change over previous year

-0.7

1.1

1.6

1.7

3.3

4.6

6.3

5. Urban areas (total)

Price index (1997=100)

149.6

152.2

153.0

154.4

158.4

163.6

167.3

(%) change over previous year

-1.1

1.8

2.4

3.3

5.7

7.9

9.3

* Provisional data.

Source: Bank of Greece.

(1) Bank of Greece indices of residential property prices are based on detailed data reported to the Real Estate Market Analysis Section as from 2009, under Bank of Greece Governor’s Act 2610/31.10.2008, by all credit institutions operating in Greece. These data include banks’ appraisals of the current market value and qualitative characteristics of residential property. A total of 757.1 thousand appraisals were reported to the Bank of Greece by end-October 2019 (65.4% concerning apartments, 18.9% houses, 6.1% maisonettes, 6.2% building plots and 3.4% other types of property).

(2) Any differences between levels and percentage changes in the table are due to rounding.

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