Thursday, September 5, 2013
“House prices continue to rise in Norway. There was only a brief correction at the time of the global financial crisis. Real house prices increased by nearly 30 percent from its lowest level in 2008. Standard affordability indicators are also worsening. Price-to-income and price-to-rent ratios increased by 14 percent and 23 percent, respectively, from their lowest levels in 2008. Several factors have been identified to explain the upward trend of house prices, including robust income growth and high population growth due to immigration (see Box 2.1). While these factors may partly explain recent house price developments, there are also risks associated with a house price reversal, and household would be vulnerable to house price corrections given the high levels of household debt,” according to a new report by the IMF.
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