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These are the countries where it makes more sense to rent than buy

Brussels is getting more expensive.
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The question of whether to buy or rent can have very different answers depending on where you live. There’s been a big split between housing markets that had a brief decline during the great recession and are now beginning to overheat, and those that are still in the midst of a very slow recovery.

In Canada and Norway, the housing market seems to be on the bubbly side, making it very expensive to buy a home instead of renting. In New Zealand, the issue is constrained supply (pdf).

In Japan on the other hand, prices are still in the basement. Here’s the spread in price-to-rent ratios around the world, according to the IMF:

The overall affordability rankings are mostly similar, though Canada loses the top spot.

Belgium’s housing market didn’t really suffer much of a downturn in the first place. Now rising prices, a particular boom in Brussels, and a hands-off policy on mortgage regulation are combining to create the world’s highest price-to-income ratio. Some are moving across the border to the Netherlands (paywall) to avoid the overpriced market:



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