Due to COVID-19, many markets that have recently been driven by short-term lettings ala Airbnb have had to reverse course. The short-term rental markets in Prague, Dublin, Madrid, Barcelona, Reykjavik, and many others have transitioned back to long-term rentals as a result of closed borders and a drastic reduction in demand.
AIRINC is featured in the February edition of Mobility, a magazine that "examines the key issues affecting the global mobility workforce." This article appears on page 10, the "Tips and Trends" section, and is entitled Housing Markets on the Rise—and Not.
Berlin rents increased over the past year. Demand is growing from new start-up companies and larger international companies establishing headquarters in Berlin. Construction of new rental units is underway but expected to take a few more years before appearing on the market.
I arrived in a busy and bustling Barcelona for my May 2017 survey of the city. While preparing for my trip, accommodations were difficult to find and, once I arrived, I found my hostel overbooked. In the end, I booked a last-minute home-share and was lucky to find that the listed apartment (which had no pictures) was an acceptable base for my stay… although it was a top-floor walk-up!