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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 2017
NEXT UPDATE
LAST UPDATE
AFRICA
Kenya Sept. 2017 Sep. 30, 2016
South Africa Aug. 2017 Aug. 12, 2015
ASIA
Cambodia Occasional May 15, 2012
China Feb. 2018 Feb. 14, 2016
Hongkong Apr. 2018 Aug. 14, 2017
India Apr. 2018 June 29, 2017
Indonesia Apr. 2018 Apr. 02, 2016
Japan Apr. 2018 May 15, 2017
Malaysia Oct. 2017 Oct. 15, 2016
Philippines Oct. 2017 Oct. 21, 2016
Singapore May 2018 May 15, 2016
South Korea Occasional May 24, 2013
Taiwan Occasional Apr. 4, 2011
Thailand Apr. 2018 Apr. 20, 2015
Vietnam Occasional Apr. 27, 2015
CARIBBEAN
Antigua & Barbuda Nov. 2017 Nov. 19, 2013
Aruba Occasional Jan. 16, 2014
Bahamas Dec. 2017 Dec. 19, 2011
Barbados Dec. 2017 Dec. 19, 2013
Belize Occasional Feb. 20, 2012
Bermuda Jan. 2018 Jan. 28, 2014
British Virgin Is. Feb. 2018 Feb. 14, 2012
Cayman Is Dec. 2017 Dec. 29, 2013
Dominican Republic Occasional Jan. 28, 2014
Guadeloupe Occasional Feb. 28, 2014
Jamaica Dec. 2017 Dec. 20, 2013
Martinique Occasional Mar. 31, 2014
Puerto Rico Feb. 2018 Feb. 2, 2016
St. Kitt's & Nevis Occasional Jan. 18, 2014
St. Lucia Occasional Mar. 11, 2012
Trinidad & Tobago Dec. 2017 Dec. 8, 2011
Turks & Caicos Dec. 2017 Dec. 20, 2013
US Virgin Is. Occasional Jan. 20, 2014
EUROPE
Andorra Sep. 2017 Sep. 7, 2016
Austria Aug. 2018 Sept. 28, 2017
Belgium May 2018 Oct 29, 2015
Bulgaria Aug. 2018 Aug. 29, 2017
Croatia Sep. 2017 Sep. 11, 2016
Cyprus Aug. 2018 Oct. 14, 2017
Czech Republic May 2018 May 20, 2016
Denmark Apr. 2018 Apr. 28, 2014
Estonia Jul. 2018 Sept. 27, 2017
Finland Aug. 2017 Aug. 5, 2016
France Jul. 2018 Aug. 14, 2017
Germany May 2018 Sept. 16, 2017
Greece Jul. 2018 Jul. 25, 2017
Hungary Jul. 2018 Sept. 24, 2017
Ireland Jun. 2018 Jun. 17, 2017
Italy Jun. 2018 July 14, 2017
Latvia Jul. 2018 Sept. 15, 2017
Lithuania Aug. 2018 Oct. 1, 2017
Luxembourg Mar. 2018 May 31, 2017
Macedonia Occasional Sept. 20, 2014
Malta Mar. 2018 Mar. 14, 2016
Moldova Occasional Sep. 13, 2011
Monaco Occasional Jun. 26, 2014
Montenegro Occasional Sep.30, 2013
Netherlands Jul. 2018 Nov. 2, 2017
Poland Apr. 2018 Aug. 01, 2017
Portugal Sep. 2017 Sep. 21, 2016
Romania May 2018 May 24, 2016
Russia Jun. 2018 Jun. 11, 2015
Serbia Occasional Mar. 29, 2014
Slovakia Jul. 2018 Jul. 27, 2017
Slovenia Jul. 2018 Jul. 11, 2017
Spain Jul. 2018 Jul. 14, 2017
Sweden Occasional Sep. 30, 2011
Switzerland Aug. 2017 Aug. 17, 2016
Turkey Mar. 2018 May 15, 2017
UK Jun. 2018 Aug. 31, 2017
LATIN AMERICA
Argentina Oct. 2017 Oct. 20, 2016
Brazil Nov. 2017 Nov. 30, 2016
Chile Nov. 2017 Nov. 22, 2015
Colombia Oct. 2017 Oct. 13, 2013
Costa Rica Nov. 2017 Nov. 16, 2016
Ecuador Occasional Oct. 20, 2013
El Salvador Occasional Oct. 26, 2013
Mexico Nov. 2017 Nov. 25, 2016
Nicaragua Nov. 2017 Nov. 30, 2013
Panama Nov. 2017 Nov. 13, 2016
Peru Sep. 2017 Sep. 12, 2016
Uruguay Nov. 2017 Nov. 14, 2015
MIDDLE EAST
Egypt Occasional Aug. 31, 2012
Israel Aug. 2018 Nov. 2, 2017
Jordan Sep. 2017 Sep. 28, 2016
Lebanon Occasional Oct. 14, 2013
Morocco Oct. 2017 Oct. 31, 2016
UAE Sep. 2017 Sep. 6, 2016
NORTH AMERICA
United States Jun. 2018 Jun. 15, 2017
Canada Jan. 2018 Jan. 27, 2017
PACIFIC
Australia Aug. 2017 Aug. 26, 2014
New Zealand Aug. 2017 Aug. 23, 2016



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