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  • Mercredi 22/3/2023

    The Belgian housing market continued to perform well in recent years despite successive crises. Nevertheless, a weakening of buying and construction activity has been noticeable in recent quarters. This takes place against the backdrop of rising interest rates and is accompanied by lower annual house price growth dynamics. Together with strong nominal income growth among households (a consequence of high inflation, automatic indexation, and robust job creation), the less exuberant house price dynamics put downward pressure on the overvaluation of the Belgian housing market. This was offset by upward pressure due to the rise in interest rates. On balance, the overvaluation, approached from an econometric model, remained between roughly 10-15%. The household debt ratio continued to rise in recent years, although that trend seems to have reversed recently. The headwinds in the housing market will likely result in a further deceleration in the nominal price growth rate in 2023-2024. Given still relatively high general inflation, that implies a house price decline in real terms.

  • Mercredi 22/3/2023

    After several years of strongly rising prices, the Belgian housing market cooled in 2022. The indicators for the second half of the year pointed to a decline in the number of transactions and zero growth in house prices. That being said, a sharp decline in house prices currently appears unlikely. This is because the negative impact of higher interest rates is being offset by an array of factors, including the longer terms of new mortgage loans, higher down payments, rising nominal incomes, falling energy prices and a slowdown in housing supply growth. Finally, the repayment burden for new mortgage loans has risen strongly in recent years but declined markedly for existing fixed-rate mortgages thanks to strong income growth.

  • Mercredi 14/4/2021
    Karel Baert

    Interview met Karel Baert, CEO van Febelfin.

  • Jeudi 4/2/2021
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    Lending to private individuals was strongly influenced by the COVID-19 crisis last year. The number of new credit lines went down by 29,6% and the instalment loans decreased by 18,7%. The number of mortgage loans dropped by 14,8% which is largely due to the exceptionally high volume recorded in 2019 in anticipation of the abolition of the housing bonus in Flanders at the end of 2019. At the end of 2020 the number of private individuals with payment defaults declined by 6,3%. This cannot be dissociated from the possibility of getting a temporary payment delay on account of the COVID-19 crisis. The 7,2 million consultations of the Central Credit Register of the National Bank implied a drop of 14,8%.

  • Mardi 1/12/2020
    Jean Hilgers

    This article provides an overview of recent relevant developments for the financial sector and financial stability in Belgium. Next to the uncertain macro-financial context, it covers developments in credit to the real economy, the impact of the COVID-crisis on banks’ and insurance companies’ activities and results, trends in the Belgian real estate market as well as more structural challenges facing the Belgian financial sector. It also provides an overview of recent prudential measures and recommendations to the financial sector.

  • Jeudi 5/11/2020
    Isabelle Marchand

    More than six months ago COVID-19 first appeared in Belgium, and we now know the virus won’t go away any time soon. Apart from being a health crisis, the corona crisis also had a huge negative impact on the social and economic fabric of our country, often with devastating consequences for businesses and employees alike. An exceptional crisis calls for exceptional measures. This article offers an insight into the combined measures the financial sector, the National Bank of Belgium and the federal government have taken since mid-March to support both our society and economy in these challenging times