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Property prices in France have doubled in 10 years, study finds

France is now seventh in a list of countries showing highest rises, with the average price per square metre €8,311 in 2020, compared to €8,096 in Israel, and €9,932 in Switzerland.

France is now in the Top 10 for global rising property prices among OECD countries over the past 10 years, a new study has found, amid a mixed property year in 2021.

A study by UK credit website found that Israel was top worldwide (345.7% rise over 10 years), followed by Switzerland (165.5%), Germany (162%), the US (153.3%), Hungary (137.8%), and Slovakia (111.8%). 

Prices in France had doubled (100.5%), putting it in seventh place. This is despite salaries having risen by just 3%, and inflation rising 1% per year.

Portugal came next after France, with an 87% rise, followed by Japan and the UK (75% each).

In terms of actual price per square metre, France was third on the list at €8,311 in 2020, compared to €8,096 in Israel, and €9,932 in Switzerland.

The full table, with average prices per square metre for each country, can be seen here.

Mixed picture over past 12 months in France

In the past 12 months specifically, prices have risen considerably for urban apartments.

Prices for new apartments rose in July (up 4.5% year-on-year), and up 1.2% over the last three months. This rise was seen most keenly (up at least 8% in a year) in the metropolitan areas of Brest, Nantes, Rouen, and Strasbourg.

In 85% of larger towns (more than 100,000 inhabitants), prices even for older apartments have been up at least 5% year-on-year. In some towns, that figure is much higher, at 15%. This includes Angers, Aubervilliers, Clamart, Maisons-Alfort, Metz, Tourcoing and Vannes.

The summer months caused an overall slowdown in sales (a drop of 1.9% from July compared to the months of March and April), but this is to be expected in summer.

Prices for houses specifically dropped sharply in July; down 8% compared to the three months prior, with prices having dropped by 4.5% over 12 months, versus a rise of 2.9% seen over the same period in 2020.

Yet, prices are predicted to pick back up again as autumn arrives.

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