Overseas Property Market Update Q3 2010

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The third quarter of 2010 showed a slowdown in the 'bounce back' for property prices internationally, according to the latest report from the Global Property Guide. Economies showing strong growth such as Hong Kong (+17.8%) and Singapore (+19%) showed the strongest growth and although Lithuania (-10.36%) posted a big rise versus the previous year, this gives a false sense of recovery as prices still have a way to go before they hit their pre credit crunch peak.

Other countries that are performing steadily include Australia's top cities (+8.5%), while European countries such as Germany, Switzerland and Denmark showed insignificant growth. This may also give a 'false' impression of a market 'doing well' but anyone buying now needs to be cautious, the UK for example posted a small rise, but most pundits (including our MD Kate Faulkner) believe prices are likely to slide a little this year. 

Kate comments "The problem we have in the UK is likely to be replicated around the rest of the world. Some property prices where demand is high, people have decent equity in their homes will do OK this year. Other areas are going to be hit hard by government AND consumer spending cuts and where debt levels are higher, property prices could fall by up to 10% or more if repossessions are rife".   

Economic growth and debt are the two big influencers on house prices. So places such as Greece (-8.22%) and Ireland (-15%) continue to slide and even the US which had bounced back seems to be suffering again. Areas like Bulgaria (-8.6%) which were overdeveloped and therefore have an oversupply in many areas continue to do badly too.  

Overseas Property Investment Warning!
Watch out for property investment companies trying to flog so called 'cheap' deals in these areas. 

Need a check list for buying a property overseas? Then email  enquiries@designsonproperty.co.uk or call us on 0845 838 1763.

Read the latest report from the Global Property Guide team and the Knight Frank Global Property Reports.

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