Tuesday 15 June 2021

Half of homes were sold for more than the asking price last year: CBS

New housing is concentrated in cities. Photo: DutchNews.nl

Last year, half the homes which were sold on the open market went for more than their asking price, national statistics agency CBS said on Tuesday. In 2015, just 7% of homes were sold for more than the seller wanted.

By contrast, 38% were sold for less than the listed price in 2020, but in 2015, this figure was 87%, the CBS said.

The figures show how the divide between supply and demand increased in 2020. ‘More houses are being sold for more than the asking price and homes are on sale for shorter periods,’ the CBS said.

The research was carried out on behalf of the home affairs ministry, which deals with housing-related issues and is under pressure to increase the supply through new building projects.

Meanwhile, the construction sector institute EIB has warned meeting the one million new homes target drawn up by developers, local authorities and housing corporations will mean building on farmland.

The agency has identified 18 sites where thousands of new homes could be built relatively easily

For example, the land next to the northern stretch of the Amsterdam A10 ring road could easily accommodate 3,000 homes while 20,000 could be built between Purmerend and Volendam, the EIB said. South of Rotterdam, too, there is room for 83,500 dwellings.

Current approaches to planning require new housing to be concentrated in existing towns and cities but there is not enough land available there to meet demand, EIB director Taco van Hoek told the Financieele Dagblad. The bottleneck, he said, lies in the strategy to ‘first build in cities rather than in the countryside’.

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