Euro area house prices down 2.2%

House prices, as measured by the House Price Index (HPI), fell by 2.2% in the euro area and by 1.4% in the EU3 in the first quarter of 2013 compared with the same quarter of the previous year, according to data published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

Compared with the fourth quarter of 2012, house prices fell by 1.0% in the euro area and by 0.6% in the EU in the first quarter of 2013.

Among the Member States for which data are available, the highest annual increases in house prices in the first quarter of 2013 were recorded in Estonia (+7.7%), Latvia (+7.2%), Luxembourg (+4.3%) and Sweden (+4.1%), and the largest falls in Spain (-12.8%), Hungary (-9.3%), Portugal (-7.3%) and the Netherlands (-7.2%).

The highest quarterly increases in the first quarter of 2013 were recorded in Romania (+4.3%), Estonia (+3.1%), Latvia and Slovakia (both +2.3%), and the largest falls in Spain (-5.1%), Cyprus (-4.8%), Hungary (-3.3%) and Portugal (-3.2%).

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