In the 3rd quarter of 2020, the House Price Index (HPI) grew by 7.1% when compared with the same period of 2019, 0.7 percentage points (pp) below the previous quarter. In this period, the prices of existing dwellings increased at a faster rate when compared to new dwellings, 7.4% and 5.8%, respectively.
On a quarter-to-quarter basis, the HPI increased by 0.5% (0.8% in the 2nd quarter of 2020). By category, the existing dwellings prices increased by 0.6%, above that observed for new dwellings (0.1%).
A total of 45,136 dwellings were transacted between July and September 2020, representing a year-on-year reduction of 1.5% and a growth of 35.1% compared to the previous quarter. By months, the year-on-year rates of change were -2.6%, 0.0% and -1.8%, respectively, in July, August and September. In the reference quarter, transacted dwellings accounted for approximately 6.8 billion euros, up 4.4% on the same period in 2019. August was the month with the highest growth in the value of sales, 7.3%, followed by September (4.5%) and July (2.1%).
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