EU Rents up by 16 %, house prices by 34 % since 2010

Rents and house prices in the EU have continued their steady increase in Q2 2021, going up by 1.3 % and 7.3 % respectively, compared to Q2 2020. This information comes from data on house prices and rents published by Eurostat today. The article presents a handful of findings from the more detailed Statistics Explained article on housing price statistics.

Between 2010 and Q2 2011, house prices and rents in the EU followed similar paths, but since Q2 2011, those paths have diverged significantly. While rents increased steadily throughout the period up to Q2 2021, house prices have fluctuated considerably.

After a sharp decline between Q2 2011 and Q1 2013, house prices remained more or less stable between 2013 and 2014. Then, there was a rapid rise in early 2015, since when house prices have increased at a much faster pace than rents.

Over the period 2010 until Q2 2021, rents increased by 16 % and house prices by 34 %.

Since 2010, house prices more than doubled in Estonia, Luxembourg and Hungary

When comparing Q2 2021 with 2010, house prices increased more than rents in 18 EU Member States. House prices increased in 23 EU countries and decreased in four, with the highest rises in Estonia (+133 %), Luxembourg (+111 %) and Hungary (+109 %). Decreases were observed in Greece (-28 %), Italy (-13 %), Cyprus (-8 %) and Spain (-3 %).

For rents, the pattern was different. When comparing Q2 2021 with 2010, prices increased in 25 EU Member States and decreased in two, with the highest rises in Estonia (+142 %), Lithuania (+109 %) and Ireland (+66 %). Decreases were recorded in Greece (-25 %) and Cyprus (-3 %).

For more information: 

  • Greece: Instead of Q2 2021, data on house prices is an annual estimate by Bank of Greece.
  • Eurostat Statistics Explained article on housing price statistics – house price index
  • Eurostat database on housing price and sales statistics 
  • Eurostat dedicated section on housing price and sales statistics

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