Fewer homes sold last year
The sale of existing homes to private individuals last year fell 3.5 percent compared to 2006.24 January 2008
VOORBURG – The sale of existing homes to private individuals last year fell 3.5 percent compared to 2006. This emerged from figures published by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) on Thursday.
In total just over 202,000 existing (not newly built) homes were sold last year, compared to almost 210,000 in 2006. The number of houses sold fell in all provinces. Drenthe was the hardest hit, with a decline of 8.4 percent.
The figures seem to confirm the stagnation on the housing market signalled by the Dutch Brokers' Association (NVM) earlier this year.
The CBS also reported that existing homes up for sale in December last year were 4.1 percent more expensive than in the same month a year earlier. In Noord-Holland the average relative price grew the most, by 7.2 percent.
The existing homes for sale in December were somewhat cheaper than in November, by 0.4 percent on average. Utrecht was the only province where prices remained stable.
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Subject: Dutch news