Property investors at Homesgofast.com were surprised to learn that Sweden a country known for its high cost of living can offer investment property from £22,000! The Swedish investment attracting a flurry of activity is in the form of land being sold at Hamburgsund, Tanum Sweden by Scandinavian Property . The company aims to provide the international investor with attractive investment properties in Scandinavia. Sweden is currently outperforming the two other Scandinavian countries, Norway and Denmark, in regards of rental return and cash flow.
Sweden is a member of the EU, although like Britain it has not adopted the euro as its currency, Sweden’s GDP per capita is approximately 15% above the EU25 average, placing it well within the 10 wealthiest nations in Europe. The cost of living is high by UK standards, but property prices are surprisingly low with country cottages priced from €40,000 (£27,500) and villas from €100,000 (£69,000).
Gothenburg, on the west coast, is a major port and industrial centre. It’s also home to a world-class opera house, and has a lively down town area. Malmo, on the south coast, arguably has the greatest economic potential of all Sweden’s cities following the completion of a 16 kilometre-long bridge and tunnel linking it to Copenhagen, Denmark, where workers are choosing to work in in Copenhagen, and live in Malmo where house prices are cheaper.
The disparity between house prices in Sweden and its neighboring countries is due to the Swedes – typically preferring to rent rather than buy property as supply and demand for tenanted occupation is one of the most favorable anywhere in the world. In Stockholm people often stay on housing lists for five years before finding something suitable. The downside is that the rental market is over-regulated, and rents have been kept artificially low. Vast numbers of properties are now being sold to the private sector therefore rents in the cities should rise fast.
The effect in 2004 was capital growth of 7.6% on the back of property price increases of 81% between 1997 and 2004 – a better performance than in France, Italy, New Zealand or the USA. House price inflation for 2006 demonstrated another robust year, leading analysts to consider that the property market has yet to peak and is therefore worth speculating on in 2007.
Depending on your finance arrangements, you may wish to hire an independent surveyor, which is common practice in Sweden. You are not obliged to have a solicitor but it is strongly recommended you do so when buying a property overseas. Once the transaction is completed, it is the buyer’s responsibility to apply for deeds of title within three months of the sale transfer and submit them for registration.
In practice, your solicitor will do this on your behalf. Expect to pay 1-4% in solicitor’s fees. Stamp duty is charged on registration of the title deeds at approximately 1% of the purchase price. Property tax is payable at an annual rate of around 1.5% of the property’s regularly assessed value at 75% and will be charged on tax registered foreign ownership. Newly built homes or renovated homes are exempt from property tax for the first five years with the next five years at a 50% reduction.
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