About residential property price statistics
Updated 20 May 2016
The residential property price statistics collate data from different countries. With the assistance of its member central banks, the BIS has obtained approval from various national data providers to disseminate these statistics, so long as the original national sources are clearly indicated.
BIS property price statistics include three data sets:
- Detailed data set
This set details nominal residential property prices for 58 countries. For each country, several original series are available at different frequencies. The data differ significantly from country to country - eg in terms of type of property, area covered, property vintage, priced unit, compilation method and seasonal adjustment.
- Selected series (nominal and real) for 58 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.
- Long series
The BIS long series provides 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. A single series is available for each country.
Sources - including any relevant disclaimers - are listed separately. Any use of the series shall be cited as follows: "Sources: National sources, BIS Residential Property Price database, www.bis.org/statistics/pp.htm."
Research and analysis
In the September 2014 issue of the BIS Quarterly Review, the article on "Residential property price statistics across the globe" covered diversity in the characteristics of house price statistics, the BIS property price statistics, and house prices as an input to economic analysis.
- Developments in residential property prices: last May release (includes longer-term developments)
- Monitoring house prices from a financial stability perspective - the BIS experience (November 2014)
- Residential property prices across the globe (article from the BIS Quarterly Review, September 2014)
- BIS Collection and publication of residential property prices (September 2014)
The detailed data set is updated monthly, while the selected and long series are updated quarterly.
View our release calendar for advance notice of publication dates.
For queries regarding property price statistics, please write to property.prices$bis.org (where "$" denotes "@").