Netherlands House Price Crash Underway; Will France Follow?

Courtesy of Mish.

The Netherlands has the 5th largest economy in the eurozone. Home prices are in the midst of a huge plunge notes reader Andrea who is from Italy but now lives in France.

Andrea supplied links to articles in the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg. She writes …

Hi Mish,

I just found out that Netherlands are currently experiencing a housing bust after a huge bubble: strange how this has got so little media and blog coverage.

Netherlands is the fifth economy in Eurozone. As usual, the bubble was blown by inane fiscal policies along with cheap money.

France could be headed to the same path, even if there are 2 main differences compared to Netherlands, Ireland and Spain : demographics (France has the best demographic trend in Europe) and Paris, which is quite a particular market due to its “status” of very nice and well known city (many buyers in Paris are foreigners, many also from outside EU).

But, generally speaking, many data show that prices in France and especially in Paris are hugely above the normal historical standards and a very strong correction in going to come sooner or later. Latest fiscal policies from the government may accelerate the bust.

Best regards,

Andrea

Dutch Housing Prices Tumble

The Wall Street Journal reports Dutch Housing Prices Tumble

The slump in the Dutch housing market deepened in July as prices posted the steepest drop on record, highlighting the challenges facing the Netherlands ahead of next month’s general elections.

With prices now plumbing levels last seen in 2004, the downturn is weighing heavily on household consumption and has raised concern about the country’s huge mortgage debt pile, among the largest in Europe



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