Coldwell Banker Real Estate Spotlights Housing Trends in Five International Markets

August 06, 2014 // // MADISON, N.J. - Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC today released a snapshot look on several international housing markets. The information was provided by local Coldwell Banker® affiliates in featured markets based on their views of recent housing trends for five diverse European cities.

"As a premier international real estate company, Coldwell Banker Real Estate has the pulse on various global markets,” said Budge Huskey, president and chief executive officer for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. “Our buyers and sellers are increasingly pursuing opportunities beyond traditional national boundaries, and so we consider it prudent to effectively showcase important housing markets around the globe.”

A Look At Select Real Estate Markets

  • Barcelona – On the road to economic recovery. After six consecutive years of price reductions, Barcelona is now experiencing price stability, especially in the luxury segment.  The 7,893 first-quarter unit sales reflects an increase of 14 percent over the previous quarter, also marking the first quarter in eight years that both sales and price increased at the same time.
  • Berlin’s average time on market to sell is eight to nine months. Berlin is experiencing record lows in inventory, below 2 percent on average and 1.5 percent in most central areas of the city, due to the strong economy, low interest rates and an increase in population. With the population forecasted to increase by 7.2 percent by 2030, the market is facing a significant shortage of supply with only 6,500 new residential units being built per year compared to the projected need of 11,000 annually. Berlin is largely a rental market, yet the homeownership rate has increased to approximately 15 percent largely due to an influx of first-time buyers.  
  • Bucharest - The largest city in Romania is seeing a surge in new home construction with nearly 1,500 completed in the first quarter of 2014, compared to 900 in the first quarter of 2013. This level of individual and state building in the first quarter of 2014 is similar to those figures experienced during the economic boom period. Overall, real estate transactions are up eight percent through the first quarter of 2014 compared to the previous year.  
  • Malta, one of the world’s smallest and most densely populated countries, has been relatively stable although there has been a cultural shift towards renting via long term leases as apartments are being built to replace older homes. Like many markets, 2014 has brought renewed strength to the housing market beginning to erase a 40 percent combined price drop from 2008-2013 when banks stopped all developmental loans.  Prior to 2008, Malta experienced annual price increases of 10-15 percent.
  • Rome is seeing positive signs after seven years of real estate sales contraction.  In the first quarter of 2014, 6,579 properties were sold in Rome, which was a 0.6 percent increase year-over-year, while pricing decreased over previous quarters.

Looking Deeper: Foreign Buyers

Barcelona. The majority of foreign buyers coming into Barcelona are from the United Kingdom (14 percent overall), followed by France (11 percent), Russia (9 percent), Germany (8 percent), Belgium (7 percent), Switzerland (6 percent) and the United States (3 percent).

Bucharest. American buyers make up less than one percent. The majority of foreign buyers come from Spain, Hungary, Austria, Germany, U.K., Israel, Turkey and China.

Berlin. Berlin, especially West Berlin, has traditionally been very popular among Russian buyers and this trend continues in today’s market. Italians are the second largest group of foreign buyers with a noticeable increase from southern Europeans led by Italy, Greece and France.

Malta. Foreign buyers are mostly European (10 percent overall) with a small percentage of Americans on the island (0.3 percent). Other noticeable foreign buyers are coming from Asia (3 percent), Russia (2 percent) and Africa (0.7 percent).

Rome. The majority of foreign buyers are from Russia (12 percent overall), followed by the U.K. (10 percent), Germany (9 percent), France (8 percent), U.S. (7 percent), and China (5 percent).

Looking Deeper: Prices


Housing Type

Price ($USD)



$2-2.3 million

2,500 sq. foot apt

4,300 sq. foot house

Move up


1,500 sq. foot apt

2,000 sq. foot row house

Entry level


800 sq. foot apt


Housing Type

Price ($USD)



$1-1.25 million

$2 million

3,200 sq. foot apt

3,200 sq. foot house

Move up


968 sq. foot apt or house

Entry level


645 sq. foot apt


Housing Type

Price ($USD)



$1.3-1.4 million


2,153 sq. foot apt

1,938 sq. foot house

Move up


1,076 sq. foot apt

968 sq. foot house 

Entry level


646 sq. foot apt


Housing Type

Price ($USD)



$ 1.4 million

$4.1 million

 2,153 sq. foot apt sea view

10,764 sq. foot house sea view

Move up


$1.4 million

1,615 sq. foot apt sea view

5,382 sq. foot house sea view

Entry level



1,292 sq. foot apt no view

1,722 sq. foot house no view


Housing Type

Price ($USD)



$2.7 million


2,152 sq. foot apt

1,600 sq. foot house

Move up

$785K-$1 million

1,230-1,600 sq. foot apt 

Entry level


860 sq. foot apt

About Coldwell Banker®

Since 1906, the Coldwell Banker® organization has been a premier provider of full-service residential and commercial real estate. Coldwell Banker is the oldest national real estate brand in the United States and today has a network of approximately 84,200 independent sales associates affiliated with more than 3,100 offices in 48 countries and territories. The Coldwell Banker brand is known for creating innovative consumer services as recently seen by being the first national real estate brand with an iPad app, the first to augment its website for smart phones, the first to create a iPhone application with international listings and the first to fully harness the power of video in real estate listings, news and information through its Coldwell Banker On LocationSM YouTube channel. The Coldwell Banker System is a leader in niche markets such as resort, new homes and luxury properties through its Coldwell Banker Previews International® marketing program. Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Each office is independently owned and operated. Coldwell Banker is a subsidiary of Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), a global leader in real estate franchising and provider of real estate brokerage, relocation and settlement services.

SOURCE Coldwell Banker®


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