Today's Crisis in Europe Creates Opportunity for North American Retirees

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With property prices in free-fall, Europe's damaged economies could become affordable havens for North American retirees reveals.

The current economic crisis in Europe is making countries such as Spain, Greece and Ireland more affordable overseas retirement destinations today for North Americans, according to overseas experts at

Many Western European countries have struggled in recent years, with the so-called PIGS (Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain) hardest hit.

However, in the Europe-focused August issue of International Living, the magazine’s experts say the continent’s problems present an opportunity for Americans considering a move overseas.

Property prices in each of these countries are in free-fall as economic growth slows or in some cases reverses.

“The values of cottages on some Greek islands are heading toward zero,” said’s property expert Ronan McMahon. “You could pick one up by the end of the summer for less than the price of a budget family sedan.”

Property prices are also falling dramatically in Spain, and by as much as 75 percent in Ireland.

The cost of living is also dropping in countries which, in the past, struggled against a reputation for being expensive.

According to, these European nations have been made more affordable still by the drop in value of the euro against the dollar.

But while their economies are hard-hit, there has been no real change in the type of lifestyle on offer: “The economies in Europe are under tremendous stress, no question, but there remains plenty to admire about the lifestyle there,” said executive editor Jennifer Stevens.

“In stone-walled villages built on hilltops overlooking vineyards…on islands where blue-domed, whitewashed homes mirror the Aegean sun…you can still live very comfortably today, and for much less than you might imagine.”

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