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French real estate: when buying is cheaper than renting

To buy or not to buy? A new study offers a detailed response to a common deliberation by calculating the number of years required to recover the cost of acquiring one’s home. The study focuses on 37 of the largest cities in France.

A new study published on 14th September by mortgage broker has delved into the tricky matter of whether to buy a property rather than continuing to rent, and if so, where? continue reading…

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Grand Paris: How new metro stations will affect property prices in Paris

Paris’ new enhanced transport system — extending the metro to the capital’s outer suburbs — will lead to positive growth and profitable real estate on the city’s outer rim.

As part of the reorganization of the French capital into the Métropole du Grand Paris, the city’s transport system is due to undergo a 35 billion euro upgrade over the next 10 to 15 years. continue reading…


Property Spotlight – rue de Varenne, 7th arrondissement Paris

A renovated two-bedroom, two-bath 136 m2 apartment located in the 7th arrondissement, directly adjacent to the Hotel Matignon, is listed at 1,900,000€ agency fees included, just under 14,000 € m2.

Nestled in privileged and secure surroundings, and counting the French Prime Minister as the next door neighbor, lies a rare, renovated two-bedroom, two-bath 136 m2 apartment. Located in the 7th arrondissement, in the prestigious Saint Thomas d’Aquin neighborhood, the iron gated, elegant stone building is directly adjacent to the Hotel Matignon with its large private park, and only a short stroll to the Bon Marché and Saint Germain.

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French real estate investment funds go shopping in Paris

French SCPI funds are confirming their expanding role in the property investment landscape in France. In the first quarter of 2015, SCPI capitalization overall reached €29.9 billion, according to figures published by fund monitor MeilleureSCPI. continue reading…

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One in five homes in Paris are overcrowded, INSEE reports

Over twenty percent of homes in Paris are too small for the number of people living in them, according to new housing figures published by INSEE, France’s National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. continue reading…

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Reaching for the sky: Paris inaugurates its first residential tower since the 1970s

Mayor Anne Hidalgo has inaugurated a 50m-high block tower, the first residential high-rise to be built in Paris since 1975.  It’s completion is a strong symbolic statement that it is now possible to build to ‘greater heights’ in the capital. continue reading…

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Eagerly awaited, Les Halles renovation enters the homestretch

A short walk north of the Seine in the heart of Paris, the Les Halles neighborhood is home to 7000 residents and over 16,400 jobs. The Châtelet-Les Halles RER commuter rail and subway station is the largest transport hub in the Ile de France region, serving over 800,000 passengers per day. continue reading…

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Paris clamps down on short-term rentals

In an unprecedented move, Parisian officials swept through 98 buildings and visited 1868 apartments over three days in the French capital that they suspected of being illegally rented out short term to tourists. continue reading…

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New Build Sector in France Yields Positive First Quarter

Figures published on May 21, 2015 by L’Observatoire de la Fédération des Promoteurs Immobiliers de France (FPI), show an increase in sales of 10.4% for the first quarter of 2015 for the new build real estate sector in France, compared to the same period in 2014. continue reading…

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Paris to Convert a Third of Its Underutilized Office Space into Residential Housing by 2020

In another significant step intended to invigorate the city, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has pledged to transform 250,000 square meters (m²) of Paris offices into residential housing by the year 2020. continue reading…