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Frequently Asked Questions

Square metre prices, rentals, and yields




How do I find residential square metre prices, rentals, and yields for any one country?

Use the menu to navigate to the Rental Yields section of the country you are interested in.



Or see a list of our individual countries' square metre prices, rentals and yields.



What does rental yield mean? Why is it important?

The gross annual rental income expressed as a percentage of today's property purchase price. This is what a landlord can expect as return to his investment.


The rental yield is one useful yardstick of whether property is over-valued or under-valued. See discussion here.



Shouldn't I just buy if property prices are rising?

Well, that?s not such a bad idea, actually. House prices tend to move in long waves, rising for several years, then falling for several years.


The problem is that if you get stuck at the peak, you?re in serious trouble. Property markets can be very illiquid, and it can be hard to extract yourself from a purchase of an over-valued property without large losses. Especially if you?ve borrowed money to buy, that can be disastrous (see discussion here).



How can I compare prices and yields across countries?

Navigate to a country or continent and select Rental Yields from the Regional Stats menu.

For the Caribbean and the Pacific (except for Australia and New Zealand), we report prices for beachfront properties.


For the rest of the world, we report the price of properties in the centre of the ´premier´ city, i.e., the country´s most important city, either the administrative capital, and/or the commercial capital, and/or the financial capital.



What are the sources of the Guide´s price data? Can these sources be trusted?


We draw our figures from our own, in-house analysis. Our research is based on a simple yet effective method - we systematically scan web advertisements for residential property, looking at offers for sale, and offers for rent, of good (but not new) apartments.


Despite its simplicity, with care and commitment to consistency this method can produce quality results. We begin by defining key upper-end rental districts in the capital city. We take care to keep a database of where the properties are located, so as to ensure consistency in subsequent years. We carefully select appropriate price ranges. We take average prices, rejecting deviant outliers. Buyers of the full data set have access to these comparability specifications.


The data measures up well to data provided by national statistical organizations, where these are available for comparison, and usually performs better than multi-housing organization data.



Assumptions: What assumptions are made in presenting the Guide´s price and rents data?


We are interested in the sort of properties which will be attractive to foreign renters. This is not always the same type of property in all locations.


Foreign renters are usually interested in properties which are in excellent condition, with good facilities, and which have been refurbished or redecorated within the last five years. Our properties are therefore likely to be less expensive than the very newest properties, except where new-builds dominate the market.


In European cities, we lean towards properties in the historic city centres, therefore our ´typical´ property is more likely to be a 90-year old refurbished apartment of character, than a newly built apartment.



Next updates – when will the Global Property Guide yield tables next be updated?


GLOBAL PROPERTY GUIDE YIELDS UPDATES - SCHEDULE BY CONTINENT

Date: August 2010
NEXT UPDATE
LAST UPDATE
AFRICA
Kenya Sep. 2017 Sep. 30, 2016
South Africa Aug. 2016 Aug. 12, 2015
ASIA
Cambodia May 2015 May 15, 2012
China Feb. 2017 Feb. 14, 2016
Hongkong Apr. 2017 Apr. 9, 2016
India Apr. 2017 Apr. 1, 2016
Indonesia Apr. 2017 Apr. 02, 2016
Japan Apr. 2017 Apr. 5, 2016
Malaysia Oct. 2017 Oct. 15, 2016
Philippines Oct. 2017 Oct. 21, 2016
Singapore May 2017 May 15, 2016
South Korea May 2015 May 24, 2013
Taiwan Apr. 2015 Apr. 4, 2011
Thailand Apr. 2016 Apr. 20, 2015
Vietnam Apr. 2016 Apr. 27, 2015
CARIBBEAN
Antigua & Barbuda Nov. 2015 Nov. 19, 2013
Aruba Jan. 2016 Jan. 16, 2014
Bahamas Dec. 2015 Dec. 19, 2011
Barbados Dec. 2015 Dec. 19, 2013
Belize Feb. 2016 Feb. 20, 2012
Bermuda Jan. 2016 Jan. 28, 2014
British Virgin Is. Feb. 2016 Feb. 14, 2012
Cayman Is Dec. 2015 Dec. 29, 2013
Dominican Republic Jan. 2016 Jan. 28, 2014
Guadeloupe Feb. 2016 Feb. 28, 2014
Jamaica Dec. 2015 Dec. 20, 2013
Martinique Mar. 2016 Mar. 31, 2014
Puerto Rico Feb. 2017 Feb. 2, 2016
St. Kitt's & Nevis Jan. 2016 Jan. 18, 2014
St. Lucia Mar. 2015 Mar. 11, 2012
Trinidad & Tobago Dec. 2015 Dec. 8, 2011
Turks & Caicos Dec. 2015 Dec. 20, 2013
US Virgin Is. Jan. 2016 Jan. 20, 2014
EUROPE
Andorra Sep. 2017 Sep. 7, 2016
Austria Aug. 2016 Aug. 12, 2015
Belgium May 2016 Oct 29, 2015
Bulgaria Aug. 2017 Aug. 24, 2016
Croatia Sep. 2017 Sep. 11, 2016
Cyprus Aug. 2017 Aug. 29, 2016
Czech Republic May 2017 May 20, 2016
Denmark Apr. 2015 Apr. 28, 2014
Estonia Jul. 2016 Jul. 13, 2015
Finland Aug. 2017 Aug. 5, 2016
France Jul. 2017 Jul. 19, 2016
Germany May 2017 May 31, 2016
Greece Jul. 2017 Jul. 27, 2016
Hungary Jul. 2017 Jul. 25, 2016
Ireland Jun. 2017 Jun. 30, 2016
Italy Jun. 2017 Jun 7, 2016
Latvia Jul. 2016 Jul. 2, 2015
Lithuania Aug. 2015 Aug. 2, 2014
Luxembourg Mar. 2015 Mar. 16, 2014
Macedonia Sep. 2015 Sept. 20, 2014
Malta Mar. 2016 Mar. 14, 2016
Moldova Sep. 2016 Sep. 13, 2011
Monaco Jun. 2015 Jun. 26, 2014
Montenegro Sep. 2016 Sep.30, 2013
Netherlands Jul. 2017 Jul. 31, 2016
Poland Apr. 2017 Apr. 22, 2016
Portugal Sep. 2017 Sep. 21, 2016
Romania May 2017 May 24, 2016
Russia Jun. 2016 Jun. 11, 2015
Serbia Mar. 2016 Mar. 29, 2014
Slovakia Jul. 2017 Jul. 28, 2016
Slovenia Jul. 2017 Jul. 11, 2016
Spain Jul. 2017 Jul. 9, 2016
Sweden Sept. 2016 Sep. 30, 2011
Switzerland Aug. 2017 Aug. 17, 2016
Turkey Mar. 2017 Mar. 20, 2016
UK Jun. 2016 Jun. 18, 2014
LATIN AMERICA
Argentina Oct. 2017 Oct. 20, 2016
Brazil Nov. 2017 Nov. 30, 2016
Chile Nov. 2016 Nov. 22, 2015
Colombia Oct. 2015 Oct. 13, 2013
Costa Rica Nov. 2017 Nov. 16, 2016
Ecuador Oct., 2015 Oct. 20, 2013
El Salvador Oct., 2015 Oct. 26, 2013
Mexico Nov. 2017 Nov. 25, 2016
Nicaragua Nov. 2015 Nov. 30, 2013
Panama Nov. 2017 Nov. 13, 2016
Peru Sep. 2017 Sep. 12, 2016
Uruguay Nov. 2016 Nov. 14, 2015
MIDDLE EAST
Egypt Aug., 2016 Aug. 31, 2012
Israel Aug. 2017 Aug. 18, 2016
Jordan Sep. 2017 Sep. 28, 2016
Lebanon Oct. 2015 Oct. 14, 2013
Morocco Oct. 2017 Oct. 31, 2016
UAE Sep. 2017 Sep. 6, 2016
NORTH AMERICA
United States Jun. 2017 Jun. 29, 2016
Canada Jan. 2018 Jan. 27, 2017
PACIFIC
Australia Aug. 2015 Aug. 26, 2014
New Zealand Aug. 2017 Aug. 23, 2016



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