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2010 French property trends

Propertywire, a property global news service, recently reported that property prices in Paris are at a record high, above pre economic crisis levels. The price increases in Paris are reflected across France where economic confidence is back after the global economic downturn. According to France's National Statistics Institute, house prices are up 5.8% this year so far, compared to price falls of 7.1% in 2009.

France is enjoying a massive surge in popularity with British buyers according to a report compiled by UK-based overseas mortgage specialist, Conti. France is now the most popular country for Brits looking for property overseas. Claire Nessling, Conti’s operations director, says: “The percentage of people enquiring about French mortgages has more than tripled over the last two years, and it’s currently out on its own as far as popularity goes.” Conti identifies this appeal as the stability of the French mortgage market, due primarily to the cautious approach adopted by its banks. It adds that the country is extremely attractive to prospective investors, who are well placed to pick up a bargain thanks to historically low interest rates and reduced property prices.

Interest rates on French property loans are at an historic low - see graph below:

The exchange rate of the Australian dollar against the euro also continues to be at an all time high:

A recent survey carried out by FrenchEntrée described occupancy rates for French holiday rental property in summer 2010 as good or excellent for the most part and nearly three quarters of owners reported that this level was in line with or better than their experience of summer 2009. As a result, the vast majority of owners felt satisfied with the performance of their property this year and 93% expressed optimism for 2011.

16 Octoboer 2010

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