For the first time in 10 years: house prices in Zoetermeer have fallen

Good news for people who bought a house last year: for the first time in 10 years, the average house price fell in 2023 in Zoetermeer. This was not only the case in our city, but in seven out of ten municipalities the average owner-occupied home cost less than in 2022.

The average transaction price in 2023 was more than 12,000 euros lower than in 2022, the first decline since 2013. According to CBS the average sales price of a home was 416,000 euros, compared to around 429,000 euros in 2022. That is a decrease of 3 percent. Prices fell in all major cities – including Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht and Eindhoven.

The average transaction price (or purchase price) is the average of the transaction prices of all existing owner-occupied homes sold in a year. No correction is made for the type and quality of the home. For example, in municipalities where many villas have been sold, the average transaction price will be higher than in municipalities with many apartments sold. (Source: CBS)

House cheaper

If you bought a house in Zoetermeer in 2023, the price for an average owner-occupied home was lower than in 2022. Last year that amount was 392,000 euros. A year earlier that was 394,000 euros. That is a decrease of 0.6 percent.

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Most expensive and cheapest municipalities

Of the twenty largest municipalities, CBS recorded the largest decrease in Haarlem: an owner-occupied home was almost 10 percent cheaper there than in 2022. In Zoeterwoude, between Zoetermeer and Leiden, prices rose the fastest at 24 percent. In surrounding cities and municipalities such as The Hague, Delft, Rijswijk and Lansingerland, sales prices fell much faster than in our city.

In Bloemendaal, as in previous years, the most was paid on average for an owner-occupied house, almost 1.1 million euros. In Pekela in East Groningen and in the South Limburg municipalities of Kerkrade, Heerlen and Brunssum, the average sales price was the lowest at around 250,000 euros.

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