Existing owner-occupied homes became 17.5 percent more expensive in the past quarter.

In the province of Flevoland, prices rose the most for the fourth consecutive quarter, at 21.9 percent.

Of the four major cities, only in Utrecht was the price increase of 18.9 percent larger than the average, according to figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) and the Land Registry.

At the same time as the rising house price, the number of transactions for houses decreased.

In the third quarter, the Land Registry recorded 53,875 housing transactions, 13.4 percent less than a year ago.

It is already the second quarter in a row that fewer homes are being sold, but that the price per home is rising.

Fewer homes were sold in all provinces than one year previously.

The decrease was smallest in Flevoland at 6.9 percent and largest in Overijssel at 20.4 percent.

At the same time, homes in Flevoland became 21.9 percent more expensive.

That is the strongest increase, closely followed by Drenthe, where house prices rose 21.8 percent.

The increase was the least high in Limburg, at 15.3 percent.

Of the four major cities, only in Utrecht the price increase was 18.9 percent higher than the average in the Netherlands.

At 15.3 percent, house prices in Rotterdam rose the least fast of the large cities.

CBS and Land Registry will also publish figures for September on Friday.

Last month, houses became 18.5 percent more expensive, the strongest increase since July 2000. Since the low point in June 2013, a house in the Netherlands now costs 81 percent more.

17,575 homes changed hands in September, 15 percent less than in September last year.

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