Residential property price statistics

Updated 28 August 2015

The residential property price statistics collate data from different countries. The BIS, with the assistance of its member central banks, has obtained approval from various national data providers to disseminate these statistics with the original national sources being clearly indicated.

The September 2014 BIS Quarterly Review contained an article on residential property price statistics, covering diversity in the characteristics of house price statistics, the BIS property price statistics, and house prices as an input to economic analysis.

The sources and any relevant disclaimers are listed separately. Any use of the series shall be cited as follows: "Sources: National sources, BIS Residential Property Price database,"

The property price statistics include two data sets:

  1. Detailed data set on nominal residential property prices for 57 countries. For each country, several original series are available at different frequencies. The data differ significantly from country to country - for instance, in terms of type of property, area covered, property vintage, priced unit, compilation method and seasonal adjustment.
    1. Selected nominal and real residential property price series for 57 countries at a quarterly frequency (real series are the nominal price series deflated by the consumer price index), both in levels and in growth rates (ie four series per country). These indicators have been selected from the detailed data set to facilitate access for users and enhance comparability. The BIS has made the selection based on the Handbook on Residential Property Prices and the experience and metadata of central banks. An analysis based on these selected indicators is also released on a quarterly basis, with a particular focus on longer-term developments in the May release.
  2. Long series on nominal residential property prices compiled by the BIS for 18 advanced economies at a quarterly frequency starting in 1970. In February 2015, five emerging market countries were added to the data set. For each country, a single series is available.

The first data set is updated on a monthly basis; its selected subset is updated and briefly analysed on a quarterly basis. The second data set on long-term series is updated on a quarterly basis.

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