House sales down almost 20% in April

Just 8,236 houses changed ownership in April, a drop of 18% on a year ago, the land registry office Kadaster said on Wednesday.

The biggest slowdown was in the sale of apartments, with a drop of over 21% while 14% fewer detached homes changed hands.
The housing market crisis is considered one of the most pressing issues affecting the Dutch economy at the moment and is likely to be central to the forthcoming election campaign.