grew in most EU countries year-on-year with an overall price increase in Europe with respect to 2017 of 6.4%, thus confirming the growth level of the previous year. While the situation among and within different jurisdictions remained highly fragmented, most of countries have recovered pre-crisis levels.
Housing supply indicators
in 2018 continued to pick up, however the need for more housing remains acute in many countries. Notwithstanding the increasing figures, in aggregate terms building permits granted in 2018 were 34% lower with respect to the average of 2000-2007.
TOTAL MORTGAGES OUTSTANDING
Total mortgages outstanding
in the EU increased by 2.9% in 2018, the strongest growth figure since 2015, reaching nearly EUR 7.3 tn, representing more than 45% of EU GDP. Similarly, total gross lending grew by 2.85% reaching EUR 1.17 bn at the end of 2018.
The decreasing trend of the past 10 years with regard to interest rates
reversed in 2018, with the overall average interest rate for the EU slightly increasing to 2.53%, 9 bps more than the previous year. The preliminary figures for the first months of 2019 show slightly higher numbers, confirming the upward trend. The market mix for different mortgage interest rates in the EU remains highly fragmented, nevertheless, the preference of consumers for variable interest rates continued to decrease in aggregate terms.
Please find below an overview of the structure of this latest edition of the EMF Hypostat:
- The Funding of affordable housing in Europe
- A comparative study on the Dutch and English buy-to-let market
- Energy Efficient Mortgages Initiative - The Engagement of the Mortgage Industry to deliver sustainable finance for the housing sector
STATISTICAL TABLES ON THE FOLLOWING:
- A. The Mortgage Market
- B. The Housing Market
- C. Funding of the Mortgage Market
- D. Macroeconomic Indicators
- Annex: Explanatory note on data
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