Global Housing Market - Statistics & Facts

One of the most universal signs of success and prosperity is home ownership. It serves both as a source of stable and secure housing and as a long term investment. However, housing prices vary considerably across countries and cities. In 2018, Hong Kong was the most expensive city for housing property, with the average residential property costing around 1.24 million U.S. dollars. Singapore also ranked highly as one of the most expensive property markets worldwide. One of the leading up-and-coming housing markets in the world is Shanghai, which saw an annual growth in housing prices of 11.2 percent between 2017 and 2018.

Though many consumers would like to own their home, others either prefer to or have no choice but to reside in a rental property. Just as with housing prices, some rental markets are considerably more affordable than others. New York City is notorious for having prohibitively expensive rental rates, at around 2,844 U.S. dollars per average unit as of 2018. However, the city that takes the cake for largest growth in rental prices worldwide is Lisbon, according to data from 2018. In that year, rents in Lisbon grew by nearly 21 percent. To put this figure in perspective, the city with the second highest rental rate growth in that year was Madrid with 11 percent.

Housing prices in the United States have seen a steady increase over the last half century. In 1965, the average new home sold for around 21 thousand U.S. dollars and by 2018 this figure had reached 385 thousand U.S. dollars. As to be expected, the price of a new single family home dropped significantly in the United States between 2005 and 2011, coinciding with the global financial crisis unfolding during that time. The Canadian housing market has also mirrored some of the trends seen in the U.S. market, with projected housing prices creeping upwards over the next several years in Ontario, Manitoba, and Quebec.

Asia Pacific, as the most populous world region, is also home to an enormous housing market. In India, the city of Mumbai had the highest volume of housing sales in 2018, at 63.9 thousand units. Asia is also home to some of the most expensive and fastest growing housing markets in the world. In 2006, a private permanent housing flat on Hong Kong Island cost around 49 thousand Hong Kong dollars per square meter, and by 2017 this figure had exceeded 160 thousand Hong Kong dollars.

In Europe, the three costliest residential real estate markets are the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. In 2017, a square meter of space in a new dwelling in the United Kingdom cost about 4,397 euros on average. The same area of new dwelling space in Hungary cost around 1,164 euros on average in that year. Of the four countries that make up the United Kingdom, England had the highest housing prices while Northern Ireland was the most affordable, as of June 2019.

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