The increase in the price of housing in Bulgaria since 2010 is above the European Union average. Prices in the country jumped by 43%, while growth in the EU was 39%, according to Eurostat data for the third quarter of 2021. The most significant increase for the period was in Estonia, while in four other countries housing prices fell.


Different directions

On an annual basis, rents in the EU rose by 1.2% in the third quarter of 2021, and house prices jumped 9.2%, according to Eurostat data. The analysis also shows an interesting trend in recent years. While in 2010 and early 2011 the prices of both rents and homes moved smoothly upwards, then their directions diverged. Rents continued to grow steadily until the third quarter of 2021. Housing prices, on the other hand, have varied significantly. Thus, after declining sharply in the period up to the first quarter of 2013, they remained relatively stable until early 2015, when they began to rise rapidly, outpacing rents. Overall, rising house prices are outpacing rents in 18 EU countries.

Record holders

From 2010 to the third quarter of 2021, rents in the EU rose by 16% on average and house prices by 39%. In total, housing prices have risen in 23 countries and fallen in price in four. The highest growth is in Estonia (141%), Hungary (118%), Luxembourg (117%), Latvia (106%) and Austria (104%). At the same time, a decline was reported in Greece (-28%), Italy (-12%), Cyprus (-6%) and Spain (-0.5%).

Rents have risen in 25 countries and two have fallen. Again with the highest growth is Estonia (162%), followed by Lithuania (111%) and Ireland (68%). There is a decrease in Greece (-25%) and Cyprus (-3%).