House prices in Athens approach their pre-financial crisis record
Still, average Athens price in downtown Athens is €1,800 per sqm.
Lisbon is over €5,000, Paris over €10,000-- Tel Aviv also around €10,000.
Also, sure Athens prices may be back to 2007 levels (barely), but unless I'm mistaken the index is nominal, and CPI is up ~26%, so in real terms they're down by about that much. Also as other have mentioned very little construction in the past 10 years means constrained supply.
All of which goes to say I'd be very long Greek RE and Athens in particular.
Great piece! I've been thinking about the housing price boom myself for some time now. Possible reasons: short-stay and Golden Visa (as mentioned in the article) plus (close to) zero supply in the last many years (i.e. no new houses) and the grey economy coming back with a vengeance, 'replacing' mortgage lending as a funding source. It's a crazy housing market out there.