Bedsit or Island?
The Cost of Property Around the World
Low consumer confidence is having a massive impact on the pound. Since the UK voted to leave the European Union in June 2016, the Pound has become significantly weaker, with financial uncertainties over its future prospects looming large. In 2015 the pound was worth around 1.44 Euros – but fast-forward two years and the two currencies are almost equal in terms of value.
The effects of the Pound’s decline are clear in the property market, which is usually a good indicator of the strength of the world’s economies. In 2017, the Pound buys less than you may think.
British buying power
In the UK, £550,000 will get you a one-bedroom flat in East Dulwich, London. It’s a rather typical going rate for the convenience and closeness of the capital – but paying £11,000 for each of the flat’s 50 square metres feels excessive.
You can afford many more home comforts for half this amount in other countries.
On the island of Lanzarote, a three-bedroom villa with views of the sea and surrounding countryside costs £480,600 –three-quarters of the price of the London flat. On the Spanish mainland, a spacious five-bedroom mill in Andalucia can be yours for £282,354. With two bathrooms plus a terrace, it averages out at a mere £695 per square metre.
Albania might not be known for its seaside retreats, but a seven-bedroom villa on the coast for just £454,515 is bound to make anyone bring their buckets and spades. Spread over four floors and with two kitchens, it’s almost £100,000 cheaper than the London flat.
They say an Englishman’s home is his castle – and an actual castle in the historic Rhône-Alpes region of France is up for grabs at a little over £400,000. With 11 bedrooms, two bathrooms and an extensive system of cellars, this majestic property is still 27% cheaper than the modest London flat.
But why settle for a flat when you can own an entire island? It may seem like the habit of billionaires, but a private island of Belize has sold for an affordable £291,171. With a jetty, pool and ultimate seclusion, this island is the stuff dreams are made of – and it could be yours for a fraction of the cost of a London flat.
Sources of Information:
- Today’s Foreign Exchange Rates (Interbank)
- Transferring Money Abroad for Property Buy or Sale
- 2016 Property Around The Globe Statistics