Many people exchange their owner-occupied home in the city for one in the countryside.

In addition, city dwellers mainly opt for more expensive houses, the Land Registry reported on Wednesday based on figures on the housing market in the second quarter.

Those who left the city chose a house in the past quarter that cost an average of 70,000 euros more than that of other buyers in the same municipality.

Many home buyers have been leaving the city for some time now.

The second quarter was no exception.

Of the houses sold in rural areas, 35 percent were bought by people from a city.

That share was just over 30 percent a year ago.

Since 2014, relatively more houses in smaller municipalities have been bought by buyers from a city.

The urban buyers usually choose to stay in their own province.

As a result, the villages that are located near larger cities are popular.

These include Hilvarenbeek (close to Tilburg), Losser (near Enschede) and Valkenburg (near Maastricht).

Partly due to the migration from the city, house prices in smaller municipalities are rising faster than in cities.

Between 2013 and the end of 2019 it was exactly the other way around.

It was previously announced that the average purchase price of homes in the past quarter was 13 percent higher than in the same period last year.

Incidentally, the number of transactions was remarkably small.

This was 21 percent fewer transactions than in the previous quarter.

It must be said that in the first quarter of this year an extremely large number of homes were purchased.

The Land Registry assumes that these differences are the result of changes in the transfer tax.

Since the beginning of April, first-time buyers on the housing market have had to pay transfer tax for up to 35 years if they buy a house worth more than 400,000 euros.

That was not necessary in the first months of this year.

As a result, many under-35s wanted to make their move before April.