The pandemic is continuing to have ramifications across all areas of the economy and none more so than the housing market. Here we take a look at the effects of the pandemic so far on the property market in France:
The French Property market is reported to have lost 62% of sales in the first three months of confinement. The volume of estimated sales stood at 1,068,000 in February and by the end of April this had tumbled to 973,000. Notably, however, whilst sales volumes have dropped, property prices have continued to rise. Figures from the Notaires de France show that there has been an average increase of 2.2% on property prices in Paris/ Ille-de-France during quarter one. Similarly, the remainder of the country has seen a rise of 1.7%. This peaked in Angers, where there was an average increase of house prices stands at 18.4%. Meanwhile, apartments have seen an even bigger growth in prices, peaking at 20.5%.
It has also been noticed that there has been a very substantial upturn in demand for luxury second homes in France. Properties in the 500,000 euro up to and above the 1 million euro mark have seen a considerable peak in interest. Those looking to invest in a second home during the pandemic, are particularly drawn to the Gulf of Morhiban, Arcachon Bay and the Basque Coast. The Monaco property market is also remaining in the radar of those looking for a luxury second home during the crisis.
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