Italy's property sector struggles to recover

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Property prices in Italy continue to fall. Photo: Rome property photo: Shutterstock
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Property prices in Italy dropped a further 0.7 percent during the first three months of this year as the country’s housing market struggles to recover from the economic crisis.

Prices were 3.4 percent lower than in the same period last year, according to preliminary data from Istat, the national statistics agency, on Thursday.

Istat said the data confirmed that 2015 had started with “the continuing downward trend in house prices that has lasted for over three years."

But the sluggish market is spelling opportunities for foreign buyers, especially because of the weaker euro, with plenty of bargains to be found across the country for those with the money to invest.

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Authorities in some Italian towns have also come up with more creative ways of reviving sales and developing their towns, such as selling off properties for a euro.

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