An overview of the European property market

There are many reasons people invest in the European property market, including the desire to own a vacation or retirement home in one of Europe’s prime destinations and the desire to own rental property that will bring in some extra income. If you are looking to invest in Europe, it is important that you are aware of the different investment opportunities in the market.

Market analysis

Western European market

Property prices in Western European countries such as France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Germany have risen to dizzying heights in the last few decades. This has led to prices far outpacing inflation and it appears the only way for them to go is down.

Countries such as Spain, France and the United Kingdom are almost reaching their property saturation points. For example, visiting Spain along the Costa you will notice that the property market is in serious trouble because of the frantic development that has been going on for the last fifty years.

If you are looking to invest in Western Europe, it is advisable you visit your desire location and spend a couple of months there prospecting. You will often find resale bargains with great returns on investment.

Eastern European Market

The Eastern European property market is only beginning to see a real estate boom. Visiting emerging market economies such as Croatia, Poland, Prague, Estonia, Latvia, Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia and Czech Republic, you will see an obvious shortage of modern buildings.

Foreign direct investment has, however, helped stimulate these emerging economies and boosted real estate development. Countries such as Bulgaria and Romania that only recently joined the European Union and those others that are yet to join the EU provide exciting opportunities for property investment.

If you are looking to invest in locations with potential for solid growth in the future, the Eastern European market is a great choice.

Investor confidence

The European property market provides solid opportunities for investment. Investor confidence in the vast market is strong and analysts expect the market to generate millions in investment revenue for the short to mid-term. The long term forecast depends on performance of the smaller countries that are just developing their market economies and joining the EU.

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