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Estonia first in Europe for house price rises since 2010, as CEE dominates top ten list

| 2021-10-15 < 1 min read

Estonia first in Europe for house price rises since 2010, as CEE dominates top ten list

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House prices have more than doubled in Estonia and Hungary over the last decade, according to a Eurostat survey that puts seven CEE countries in the top ten of the European Union member states.

The average cost of a home in the EU-27 rose 34% from 2010 to the second quarter of 2021. The highest rises were in Estonia, where prices were up 133%, Luxembourg (111%) and Hungary (109%). The other CEE countries that made it into Eurostat’s top ten were Latvia, Austria, Lithuania, Czechia and Slovakia. In all, 23 EU countries saw house price rises while 4 suffered declines, according to the EU’s official statistics office.

House prices and rents
Source: Eurostat

While rents have increased steadily in the EU over the last decade, house prices have fluctuated. After a sharp decline in the cost of buying a home from mid-2011 until early 2013, prices remained relatively stable until rapid rises began in early 2015. Since then house prices have increased much more quickly than rents, Eurostat found.