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Changes in housing demand in Europe, as reported by banks 2015-2020

Demand for housing loans declined heavily across the eurozone countries, according to survey results in the second quarter of 2020. In other words, the number of banks that reported a decline in loan demand was much higher than the banks reporting an increase in loan demand. The source adds that lower consumer confidence was the main reason for this decrease, as banks cited the negative impact of the coronavirus pandemic on households. The impact was especially big in Italy and Spain, whereas Austria and Germany looked somewhat more positive. Banks also noted, however, that the decline was smaller than in in the second half of 2008, when Lehman Brothers collapsed.

Banks who reported a growth in mortgage demand for house purchases in the past three months in selected countries in Europe from 2015 to 2020

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Release date

September 2020



Survey time period

Q2 2020

Number of respondents

144 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

Senior loan officers at a representative sample of euro area banks, reflecting the characteristics of their respective national banking structures

Method of interview


Supplementary notes

This question was phrased by the source as follows: "Over the past three months (apart from normal seasonal fluctuations), how has the demand for loans to households changed at your bank? Please refer to the financing need of households independent of whether this need will result in a loan or not."

* The numbers provided for this country follow a slightly different methodology, as the weighted net percentage is based on the share of each bank in the total loan outstanding amount of the banks included in the sample.

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