Ο κόσμος το έχει τούμπανο κι εμείς κρυφό καμάρι, όμως το να το βλέπεις γραμμένο έχει άλλη σημασία. Μαζικές αγορές ακινήτων, λοιπόν, στο Λονδίνο από Ελληνες. Χωρίς καν να πάνε να δουν τι αγοράζουν. Μόνο κι μόνο για να βγάλουν τα χρήματα έξω. Ο μέσος όρος της κάθε αγοραπωλησίας 1,5-2,3 εκατομ. ευρώ!
This week Moody’s cut its credit rating on Greek debt and raised the chances of a default to 50-50. The true extent of Greece’s cash deficit may become clear as soon as today as IMF and European officials complete their audit of its public accounts.
What’s more: resistance to painful – but necessary – belt-tightening has thrown into question Greece’s ability to stop spending and to raise tax revenues.
The result: the country faces a $43 billion funding gap by next year.
That’s about the same amount that has gone offshore since the start of 2010, Greek treasury officials say.
Much of that money has found its way into London’s real estate market where agents like Panos Koutsogiannakis have seen surge in interest from Greek investors.
“We’ve had a steady stream of enquiries all of this year,” Koutsogiannakis, a Greek-Australian, tells me from the London offices of realtor Hyde Park Agencies.
“Most are cash buyers and some haven’t even seen the properties before. I have one client transacting on a $1.3 million flat which they haven’t ever seen.”
Koutsogiannakis says his average Greek client is spending between $1.2 million and $2.4 million on apartments in some of the most expensive areas in the British capital, like Knightsbridge and Mayfair.
Four doors along, realtor Stephen Kalogroulis of Hellas Helvetia says he is getting up to 20 enquiries a week.