Looking for an overseas home? See how far your money will go

Adam Smith 28 November 2018 NEWS

A new online tool lets buyers compare home prices around the world.

Looking to buy an international holiday home? A new interactive tool launched by Homes.com has revealed where you can get the most bang for your buck.

The tool has been launched alongside a study examining property prices across all 36 OECD countries.

The study found that Turkey tops the list for affordable properties, at an average of US$69 per square foot. Other affordable nations include Mexico at US$90.10 per square foot, Russia at US$120.50 per square foot and Latvia at US$135.70 per square foot.

Switzerland is the most expensive spot for a holiday home, at US$967 per square foot. South Korea follows at US$772.30 per square foot. Luxembourg, Israel and Japan round out the world's priciest housing markets.

Australia is also an expensive market, at US$429.10 per square foot, which is the ninth most expensive among OECD countries.

If you're thinking of purchasing a holiday home, read our guide to learn how to ensure you're making a sound investment.

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    December 4, 2018

    What is single most relevant factor which has given rise to housing prices and do you think intervention by RBA is responsible because of lowering of interest rates

    • finder Customer Care
      MayDecember 10, 2018Staff

      Hi Naren,

      Thank you for your question.

      Well, we can’t really single out a factor that affects house price increase. Generally, the value of a property is influenced by a number of factors, like for instance, its location, economic outlook and even the demand of housing in a given period. The true value of a property will be determined by ‘market valuation’ done by banks or lenders by taking into account these factors, then they will sell it at the right price under the right market conditions.

      Meantime, the rise and fall of the interest rates go along when Reserve Bank changes monetary policy. So, yes, when RBA cash rate increases, the lenders may also do the same with their home loan interest rates. Same goes when the cash rate is lowered, banks may also follow suit in decreasing their interest rates.

      You might want to read our article here about what influences a property’s value which you’d find useful.

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      May

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