Global Housing Market

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Housing prices were up during the first quarter in 19 of 36 countries included in a survey of official house-price statistics compiled by online property research site Global Property Guide.

Global Property Guide calculates changes in real home prices after adjusting for inflation. While home prices in North America remained weak, "massive recoveries" under way in Hong Kong (up 27 percent from a year ago), Singapore (up 24 percent) and Taiwan (up 18 percent) could signal that a bubble is forming in Asia, the report warned.

Analysts have expressed concern about the rapid price appreciation in Hong Kong, "and there is a lot of very un-Hong Kong-like outrage at 'speculators,' " the report said.

In Europe, strong recoveries were underway in Finland (up 11 percent from a year ago), Norway (8 percent) and the United Kingdom (5 percent). Home prices in London were up nearly 16 percent from a year ago, the report said.

Norway's recovery has been spurred by "a massive stimulus package and low interest rates," Global Property Guide said, although the Norges Bank raised a key short-term interest rate on May 6 by 0.25 percentage points, to 2 percent..

France and Germany saw more modest price appreciation -- less than 1 percent after adjusting for inflation -- but it was the second consecutive annual increase for France, the report said.

While year-over-year price declines were observed in Spain (-6 percent), Iceland (-14 percent), Lithuania (-22 percent) and Latvia (-32 percent), there were signs that those markets were bottoming, the report said. Latvia, for example, saw a 10.7 percent increase in home prices from the previous quarter.

Countries in "severe crisis that show no sign of recovery" include Ireland (-16 percent), Bulgaria (-19 percent) and Thailand (-20 percent), the report said, with political instability playing a role in Thailand's downturn.

Comments (6)

Robert T. Boyer
FHA Loan, VA Loan, Jumbo Loan,FHA Loans,VA Loans,Jumbo Loans - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Real Estate & Mortgage Loans, Ph.D. | VA Home Loan

This would seem to be further evidence that we have turned into a global economy with neither stocks nor housing inverserly correlated across countries.

Robert Boyer
WJB Home Loan
Investment Property Search
San Diego Real Estate Homes for Sale

Jul 07, 2010 07:33 PM
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services

Thanks for the info Rina and welcome to ActiveRain! This is a great place to learn anything you need to know about the real estate business or about getting the most out of blogging and marketing yourself on line. If you have any questions just stop by my blog. I am an Ambassador so I am here to help you make the most out of ActiveRain.

Have fun!


Jul 08, 2010 01:51 PM
Jason Rose
123 ConEd LLC -- Michigan real estate continuing education - Farmington Hills, MI

Welcome to ActiveRain, Rina, and congratulations on your first post! This is a great place with lots of knowledgeable people who share tons of helpful information.  I hope you'll enjoy this great website as much as I do.

-- Jason

Jul 09, 2010 01:25 AM
Letitia Stevenson
BHHS Fox & Roach | - Greenville, DE
Listing Agent DE/PA/MD, Digital Marketer & Coach


Welcome to the Rain! Active Rain is a great place to share your knowledge, expertise and thoughts, as well as network and learn so much from the vast pool of talent already onboard.

Welcome Aboard and Much Success!

Jul 09, 2010 02:07 AM
Steve and Jan Bachman
RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax - Herndon, VA
Realtors - Northern Virginia

Good info Rena, welcome to Active Rain :-) ... have fun in the game.

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Have great success this year,

Steve and Jan



Jul 12, 2010 03:12 AM
Rina Levy
Realty Executives - Las Vegas, NV

Thank you guys for all you comments and warm welcome!!

I am working with foreign national Investors that are buying investment properties in the U.S.A. If you have or know of a great investment properties (prefer Apt complex) with a high return let me know. In addition, I am looking for a lender that will finance these investors that are buying condos and SFH with 40% down.

Jul 12, 2010 06:23 PM