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Finland's slow economy is discouraging house buyers

Oct 13, 2017 | 0 Comment(s)

Trend: house prices rose 0.41% y-o-y in Q2 2017.   
Housing starts are quite strong, and house prices are expected to creep up.
Analysis: transaction volumes are heating up.  
Finland´s housing loan interest rates are still at historic lows at 1.12% in December 2016, down from 1.27% the previous year. The European Central Bank (ECB) made another rate cut in March 2016, reducing its refinancing rate to 0.0% from 0.05%.  
Finland has suffered several years of very low growth. At the heart of Finland's problems has been the inability of Nokia to compete.  Between 1998 and 2007, Nokia was responsible for 20% of all of Finland´s exports; but by mid-2012 Nokia was almost bankrupt, and its contribution to Finnish GDP was actually negative. Over 40,000 highly-skilled Finnish ICT workers are unemployed. However unemployment fell to 7.9% in December 2016, from last year´s 9.2%.
Aside from Nokia´s weakened activity in the recent years, exports were plagued by the economic recession in Russia ― Finland´s major trading partner.
Rents, rental yields: moderate yields in Helsinki at 4.11% 
Helsini apartment costs are around €6,609 per sq. m.
Finland: city centre apartment, buying price, monthly rent (120 sq.m.) 
   Buying price  Rent per month  Yield
 Helsinki  €793,080  €2,718  4.11%
Recent news.   GDP rose 1% in 2016 and is predicted to grow by 1.3% in 2017, according to the Bank of Finland.  



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