Stability of the Belgian real estate market
The crisis we have known since 2008 has had very interesting effects, because it demonstrated the exceptional stability of the Belgian real estate market.
While many European countries have experienced a drop of 15, 20 or even 30 or 40%, like Ireland or Spain, Belgian real estate has shown its stability, decreasing at the peak of the crisis only with 3 to 4%. This decrease was largely compensated by the two years of increase we experienced in 2010 and 2011. Since then, we have observed that the market has been broadly stable with an increase slightly above the inflation rate.
It is remarkable and particularly important to note that no significant decrease has affected the market in 30 years.
The recent crises resulted in demonstrating the extreme volatility of the financial markets, but also the extremely speculative side of gold. It is consequently easier to understand why many investors preferred to be cautious when opting for real estate.
The perspectives of the rental market can only inspire investors.
A recent study carried out by BUREAU DU PLAN reports that between 3,500 and 4,000 reported annual dwellings are needed for the next 10 years.
Real estate is finally a natural barrier against inflation thanks to the indexation of rents linked to the health index.
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