MADRID, 19 Sep. (EUROPA PRESS) -
The European Central Bank (ECB) estimates that house prices in the eurozone as a whole will register a decrease of up to 9% in the next two years as a result of the rise in mortgage interest rates.
In an article published in its 'Economic Bulletin', several economists from the institution have explained that in the first quarter of 2022 there has been an increase in mortgage interest rates of 63 basis points, which represents the largest six-monthly increase never registered.
In this sense, they have added that this rise will have effects on both housing prices and real estate investment. According to a linear projection prepared by ECB technicians, an increase of one percentage point in mortgage rates causes a 5% drop in house prices after two years, as well as an 8% drop in real estate investment.
However, if a non-linear projection is taken into account to take into account higher price sensitivity due to the low interest rate environment, the impact of that one percentage point increase is doubled. In this way, housing prices could fall by 9% in a period of two years, while investment would fall by 15%.
However, part of the decline in house prices could be offset by higher prices and investment in more spacious homes further from city centers to adjust to changing household preferences after the pandemic.