Planning to buy a property in Liguria?
Then 2014 could be the year to do so, because the pound recently hit 1.2258 against the euro, its strongest in 14 months or since January 10th last year, considerably cutting the cost of Liguria property.
To put this into context, sterling was as low as 1.1403 in March last year, meaning the pound has since climbed +7.5%, or 8 cents versus the euro. Were you to transfer £125,000 to buy a Liguria property, you’d therefore now receive +€10,688 more now than 12 months ago!
Sterling has risen, because the UK economy is firing on all cylinders. For instance, confidence among UK businesses recently hit its highest since September 2009. Moreover, the UK economy is forecast to expand +3.4% this year, more than any other major country.
At the same time, the euro has declined, because the Eurozone outlook remains cloudy. For instance, the currency bloc faces a serious threat of deflation, whereby prices continually fall. Moreover, the Eurozone will grow just +1.2% in 2014, according to official forecasts.
Looking forward, the pound could climb further against the euro, as the UK and Eurozone economies continue to diverge. For instance, while the Bank of England is primed to raise interest rates in Spring 2015, the European Central Bank will hold rates close to 0.0% for at least another 2 years.
In short then, Liguria property looks set to stay more affordable in 2014, as the pound leads against the euro!
By Peter Lavelle at currency broker Pure FX. To get free expert foreign exchange advice about the best time to transfer money to Italy for a Liguria property, call us on +44 (0) 1494 671800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.