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News: Romanian property 'on the up

Fri, 11 May 07

The combined effects of prospective entry to the EU and economic reform have made the Romanian property market one to watch for UK investors, it has been claimed...

Following research into the sector, Property Secrets has said that the "remarkable" effects of reforms in Romania could eventually offer significant gains for UK investors.

Neil Lewis, CEO of Property Secrets, explained that GDP in the country has increased in 2006 from 6.9 per cent growth in the first quarter to 7.8 per cent in quarter two.

Mr Lewis also told Overseas Property Professional that the levels of foreign direct investment entering the country should act as an indicator for people considering investing in Romanian property, as this is likely to go up following EU membership.

"Ultimately, this will significantly drive demand for property," Mr Lewis added.

Currently there is a lack of competitive mortgage finance available in Romania, but the property expert believes that this will change in the near future.

He bases this prediction on the facts that the same situation existed in Bulgaria before the first competitive package was introduced and that there are already mortgage offers on the Romanian market which will begin to offer competitive terms in the next 18-24 months.

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