Jerusalem Real Estate prices up until the start of 2021

Whilst Jerusalem property prices have risen due to specific factors within the City of Gold, we cannot ignore some issues that have emerged worldwide.

Ultimately, it would be folly to write that only Jerusalem Real Estate Prices have risen in recent years.

We are writing this guide at the start of 2022, after a tumultuous couple of years for many, during a global pandemic.

Three key factors that have seen real estate prices surge worldwide

The price of real estate has surged virtually worldwide in recent months and years due to a combination of three factors:

1. Robust household balance sheets.

2. A greater desire to spend more on living arrangements.

3. The severity of supply constraints.

The first of these two issues are for sure at play in Jerusalem.

There are plenty of wealthy or well-off individuals with a desire to live or have a home in Jerusalem.

Perhaps with money from abroad, or from Israel. Which has a burgeoning hi-tech scene and no shortage of smart entrepreneurs.

The desire to spend more on living arrangements can be attributed to the pandemic.

After all, many of us had the opportunity to really think about how we would live and what sort of life we could lead, during the early months of the pandemic, where lockdowns across the globe allowed for more time to simply reassess life.

Demand vs supply is a real issue for Jerusalem Real Estate

Ultimately though, it is the third factor, the demand vs supply that is really important to consider when looking at Jerusalem Real Estate and the rise in property prices.

We have referenced this many times in recent years on CapitIL.com.

With many of the Jerusalem neighborhoods we cover very popular amongst the Anglo/Olim community, there is simply more demand than supply.

Of course, things change, new projects emerge and government intervention is always trying to alter the dynamic.

However, even policies with great intentions might not shift the dynamic.

Rising anti-semitism across the globe in recent years is another factor to explain why so many Jews outside Israel, wish to live or own property in Jerusalem.

Real Estate prices in Israel have surged, in all areas

And, from the situation across the world, we must also recognize how things are playing out in Israel, the country.

The two decades prior to the pandemic saw a huge increase in property prices across the country. A Bank of Israel Study reported that housing prices went up by 35% between 2008 and late 2010. 

A steady increase in real estate prices continued in the 2010s, only for another dramatic rise in 2021. Some areas in Israel saw a rise of 12.5% in 2021 alone. (Source here.)

There was a marked shift in Israel property prices after the first lockdown in March/April 2020 in the next year and a half.

Much of this was down to political instability, as the country went to three successive elections.

Mortgage taking in Israel is at record levels

According to Globes, “The district that pulled the market upwards in the period following the first lockdown was Jerusalem, which recorded a 5% price rise in the seven months from May to November.”

Much of the reasoning behind the increase in property prices is due to the large amount of investors.

This is accentuated in Jerusalem, both by investors themselves and the amount of Jews looking to live in premium areas.

The influence of investors on the market was illustrated in November 2021, when a record amount of housing deals were completed in Israel, due to the purchase tax increase on buyers who already own a property.

Even with the eye watering price rises, mortgage taking hit record levels in 2021. It seems very likely that many of the factors mentioned above will continue to lead to higher prices, especially in the sought after areas of Jerusalem.

Confirmed record for new housing sales in Israel in 2021

In February 2022, the Bank of Israel confirmed what all the numbers pointed to.

Over 56,000 new homes were sold in Israel during 2021. A new record, and an increase of 37% from 2020.

Jerusalem was one of the most popular areas for new home sales, with other popular areas being Tel Aviv, Ashkelon, Bat Yam, Netanya and Modiin.

In their Financial Stability Report, the Bank of Israel confirmed that they do not forsee a fall in property prices and expect a rise in rental prices should be expected.

Key numbers regarding Jerusalem property prices in 2021:

Average price of an apartment in Jerusalem: 2,219,516 Shekels.

Average price of a an apartment to rent in Jerusalem: 5,100 Shekels per month

Number of apartments sold in Jerusalem in 2021: 4,464

Average cost per meter of residential property in Jerusalem: 26,100 Shekels

Percentage of Jerusalem population under the age of 17: 40%

Percentage of Jerusalem population between the ages of 18 & 64: 52%

Percentage of residential properties with three rooms: 36%

Percentage of residential properties with four rooms: 26%

All information and data in this key numbers section is taken from the Madlan website, correct as of January 3, 2022. Madlan was established in 2012, in Hebrew. They produce real estate data on Israel property purchases.

How the Jerusalem Real Estate Prices guide works

We hope this introduction to Jerusalem Real Estate Prices will stand you in good stead as you look for a home. Of if you are simply curious about the prices of real estate in Jerusalem.

Since Jerusalem is so diverse and features plenty of different areas, we have split many of them up.

Please click on each area and we aim to provide not only the basic information about each area, but also examples of sold property in recent months to ensure you can receive the most up to date information.

All of the information and data provided here is available on publicly available resources, such as Globes and Madlan.

We have, where possible, attempted to source all data and where it comes from.

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