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French property searches reveal buyers’ intentions

Posted on 16th November 2018Property

Each year, the French Property Exhibition at The France Show features thousands of dream homes across France.

When it comes to choosing where to buy, the southwest department of Dordogne – a long-time favourite with British buyers – is still pulling in the property hunters. That’s according to the website FrancePropertyShop.com

The online property portal recently released analysis of six months of searches, revealing visitors to the site between May and October 2018 were twice as likely to search Dordogne as any other French department.

The research offers further insights into the intentions of those hoping to buy in France. When it comes to budget, half of those who specified a price bracket were seeking properties for €100,000 while Brittany and the Normandy department of Manche proved to be popular search terms.

Those seeking a place in the sunny south were prepared to dig deeper in their pockets, it was revealed. For properties in the Occitanie region, visitors specified a budget of up to €450,00. There, the coastal departments of Pyrénées-Orientales and Hérault were popular in searches, showing the prospect of a Mediterranean lifestyle can be a big draw. It’s not all about the Med, however, as visitors showed less interest in properties on the Riviera.

The figures show that that the number of people using the site to search for French property has almost doubled from the same period in 2016. “People’s passion for France and desire to find a high quality of life in a warmer climate seems to be very much alive and well,” says French Property News editor Karen Tait. “These findings certainly mirror reports we’ve had from estate agents that buyers are rushing to get a foothold in France before Brexit.”

France Property Shop is a market-leading French property portal listing thousands of properties for sale in France from French estate agents and private sellers all in one place. Receive regular email alerts, save your favourite French properties and contact sellers directly from the portal.

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