Developments in Israel’s Housing Market

The IMF’s latest report on Israel points out that “To contain further housing price increases, supply needs to be boosted. Concerted efforts among relevant ministries and local governments are needed. To contain the increase in leverage, macroprudential measures should be used.”

Another IMF report compares the system of taxation on housing in Israel with other countries. It finds that “The current framework of housing taxation in Israel is broadly in line with global standards, but with few elements that have likely increased underlying demand for housing. (…) The Israeli government has appropriately taken steps to tighten the eligibility of exemptions for the capital gains, acquisition tax, and gift taxes. (…) Addressing the supply-side issues will be critical.”

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