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Roundtrip Transaction Costs in Europe

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Russia 23.11%
Croatia 22.53%
Belgium 22.15%
Moldova 21.48%
Malta 18.56%
France 18.45%
Poland 18.23%
Monaco 17.57%
Italy 16.13%
Cyprus 15.73%
Slovenia 14.91%
Andorra 14.82%
Luxembourg 14.31%
Portugal 12.92%
Germany 12.68%
Romania 12.32%
Austria 11.20%
Spain 11.09%
Hungary 10.65%
Netherlands 10.24%
Turkey 9.50%
Ireland 9.07%
Finland 9.01%
Greece 8.96%
Czech Rep. 8.77%
Sweden 8.25%
UK 8.03%
Bulgaria 7.95%
Montenegro 7.02%
Switzerland 6.21%
Latvia 6.11%
Serbia 6.06%
Ukraine 6.00%
Macedonia 5.95%
Albania 5.34%
Slovak Rep. 4.81%
Norway 4.72%
Estonia 4.08%
Liechtenstein 3.90%
Lithuania 3.34%
Iceland 2.90%
Denmark 2.23%

Europe: Round trip transaction costs (%).

The total cost of buying and then re-selling a residential property, including all costs (except the sale price itself), expressed as percentage of the property value.

Assumptions:

  • The property is purchased by a non-resident foreigner in the country where he/she is buying
  • The property is worth US$250,000 (250,000 for Europe)
  • The property is paid in cash
  • The property is a condominium located in a major city
  • The property is not newly-built
  • The property is bought from an individual and not a developer or real estate holding company.


Transaction costs can be broken down into four major cost areas:

  • Registration costs
  • Real estate agent fees
  • Legal fees
  • Sales and transfer taxes


Other incidental costs (survey fees, residency permit cost, or company setup costs), are not included in our calculations. In most cases value added tax (VAT) is not included, because our figures reflect the purchase of old, not new, properties.

Costs paid by buyers and sellers vary widely. Agents and lawyers costs are often negotiable. Buyers of expensive properties often pay proportionately lower agents fees. For the full spectrum of possible transaction costs see the Country | Buying Guide.

For fuller details see the Data FAQ.

Source: Global Property Guide Research

European statistics. European house price and other economic statistics vary in quality. It is often a surprise to non-Europeans to discover that swathes of this rich, highly developed continent are not covered by good housing statistics.

Northern European countries have generally good house price time-series. In particular, all the Scandinavian countries generate excellent house price statistics. In the Baltics the situation is improving rapidly. Latvia generates an official annual house price time-series, and the realtor Latio publishes a monthly index. Lithuania has no official house price or rents time-series, but the firm Inreal publishes annual prices and rents for Vilnius for a few years. Estonia has high-quality housing statistics, generated by the Statistical Office of Estonia (SOE). Data on house prices, house sales and construction activities, as well as general economics statistics are all available from the SOE.

Central Europe is mixed. German house price statistics are weak. France has very good statistics, the Netherlands has good data, Belgium and Austria have acceptable data. Spain has made giant strides, Portugal is weaker.

Southern Europe tends to have weak statistical data. There is a particular lack of housing statistics in Italy, Greece, and Turkey (though Italy has some private, for-sale, data generators).

Statistics in Eastern Europe are weak. Efforts are being made to change this, for instance Bulgaria began publishing a house price time-series in 2006. Aside from this, the Czech Republic has an official index, and in Poland, REAS Konsulting produces a for-sale index.

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