As in all other countries home buying in Norway is mainly about:
Location- location – location.
Location is a very import requirement for most home hunting people. People have some ideas about which areas are nice to live in or they have some connections to certain areas and the qualities you will find there.
But sometimes the wishes do not match with the money…
The purchase prices differ considerably according to the location and attractiveness, and some areas are regarded better than others. Because of type of houses located there, and available services, communication possibilities, number of schools and access to nature for example. But also, demographic conditions come into play.
Now I am getting closer to the main point of this article.
How safe is it to live in the different parts of the bigger cities in Norway? Which part of the city is the safest neighbourhoods?
Many foreigners, especially people from USA and other bigger countries, are very concerned about this issue. It is of course a very important question, but most Norwegian are not so concerned about the security issue itself. They wish of course for a good living environment, but since most neighbourhoods are perfectly safe the safety issue is not so important.
We have of course some smaller social problems, for example in the outskirts of Oslo, where safety can be an issue, but they are very few.
In most places in Norway, you will be perfectly safe in your home and the neighbourhood.
Despite of this, many Norwegians have somewhat stereotypical perceptions of which areas are nice to live in and they are gladly sharing these opinions to you if you start talking about buying a home.
Please do not take it for granted that all this information is correct. Do your own research, and if possible, visit the different areas to look for yourself.
If you need some advice about where you can afford to buy a property and objective information of different neighbourhoods, please ask me.
I will give you the information to you for free. And I promise to be completely honest!
The economy in Norway, as in a lot of other countries, are in a strange situation right now. We experience all time soaring prices in food and energy prices. At the same time, we must cool down the economy by raising the mortgage interests. So far this has not affected the prices of homes very much. August had rising prices in most part of the countries, in average they increased with 1,9%. The number of homes for sale the market has increased in august and will continue to increase. This is good news for the buyers, because lack of homes for sale usually means that the bids increase to very high levels. As you probably know we are practising open bidding rounds according to the auction principle in Norway.
It is expected that the home prices will decrease this fall when people feel the effect of interest rate effects. And the banks’ lending policy will change according to higher interest rates. They are obliged to stress test that the customer can manage a 5% increase of interest. That means that people will get less money for their home buying and the bidding rounds will become much cooler.
Norwegian people are crazy about cottages or “hytta” as we called it. Many people even have two cottages, me included. If you do not own one yourself, you may have access to one through your family. During the pandemic, the cottage sales were extremely high, both in volume and price. Now the sale has dropped by 45% – in volume. But not yet in price. But at some point, close to now, I think we will see a drop in prices too. So, if you are planning to buy a cottage in Norway this fall will be a good opportunity. And please ask me for help. The buying process is the same as for homes and there I am an expert. And as a cottage lover and user I have a good pulse on the holiday home market.
Sorry about all the economic talk in this blog. But in Norway the housing market is so depended on the economy in general. It will serve you well to follow to keep yourself updated on the market.