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Real estate prices in France and Europe provide hints for the American economy

Housing booms in other industrialized nations tipped many off to the real estate bubble during the early 2000. What are prices there doing now?

By Guest blogger / August 31, 2010

Data from the Institut de l'Epargne Immobilière et Foncière (IEIF) shows daily property prices in France and Europe since 2003.

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As I have noted before, one of the most interesting and damming bits of evidence that tipped many off to the existence of a significant real estate bubble during the early 2000s was the fact that dramatically increasing property prices were occurring in most industrialized nations.

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The U.S., U.K., France, Ireland, most of continental Europe, Canada, Australia and elsewhere were all simultaneously experiencing significant property booms thereby thwarting, more or less, many of the “limited supply” and “Superstar Cities” arguments that sought to justify individual regions explosive appreciation.

Today we know that this massive boom in real estate was more a function of financialization and credit availability rather than fundamentals.

The latest data from the Institut de l'Epargne Immobilière et Foncière (IEIF), a French research and analysis firm, suggests that property prices in France and Europe declined slightly during August but still remained slightly higher then levels seen a year ago.

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