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Advantages and Disadvantages of Investing in Eastern Europe

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There are many reasons for investing in Eastern European countries that will be your determining factor for making an educated decision. You’ll have to decide which country, or countries, you want to invest in, but before you get to that point you have to be convinced that Eastern European property investment is for you. Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of investing in Eastern European countries:

Advantages

• The huge growth potential in Eastern European is much greater than that of other Western or Central European countries.
• Investment opportunities that let you start on the bottom level, benefiting from basement level investing.
• Newly privatized sectors of the economy those are available at a relatively inexpensive investment price.
• The approaching advent of the Euro in the coming years.
• High investment returns with minimal risk.
• Increased Western and Central economic market influence.
• Increased number of bank users resulting in increased consumer spending, thereby improving the economic market.

The following chart indicates the FMDS (Financial Market Data Survey) per number of bank services users:

Disadvantages

• Government spending leading to a devaluation of the local currency.
• Uncertain housing stock with limited information.
• Less stable markets than those found in Western Europe.
• Lack of understanding of property management.

Deciding to invest your money in Eastern European countries is always going to carry a higher risk than investing in your own country or in a country that has a long and steady history of stable economic growth.

Once you gather together all the country information that you can and factor in the possible risks, you can determine if property investment in Eastern Europe is for you.

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