This is an archived release.
Prices of office properties up 7 per cent
Prices of office and business properties increased by 7 per cent from the second half of 2005 to the first half of 2006.
From the first half of 2005 to the first half of 2006, prices of office and business properties increased by 4.5 per cent.
Since the first half of 1996, prices of office and business properties have increased by 106.4 per cent, while house prices have risen by 148.2 per cent in the same period.
A total of 378 property transfers have been used in the calculation of the index for the first half of 2006.
The data for the price index are obtained from two sources: the Ground Property, Address and Building Register (GAB) and a quarterly survey. The GAB register provides information on price and location of the properties as well as purchaser information. The sales may cover parts of buildings as well as one or multiple buildings. Transfers of properties in connection with ownership changes in limited companies are not included.
Sub-indices for the three price zones "municipalities of Oslo and Bærum", "municipalities of Stavanger, Bergen and Trondheim" and "rest of the country" are calculated using the hedonic method. These sub-indices are weighted and combined into the published index for the country as a whole. The weights represent the estimated total value of the stock of office and business properties within each price zone.
In addition to the price index for office and business properties, Statistics Norway produces statistics for all registered transfers of real property. The properties are divided into dwelling properties, holiday properties, agricultural/forestry/fishery properties, commercial/office properties, industrial properties, properties for communication purposes and other. In these statistics the average price per sale is calculated.