There is considerable regional variation, with the Ile-de-France posting a 2.7% rise while some provinces and rural areas experienced 3.8% decline.
There is even considerable fluctuations in the prices for city properties, with apartment values increasing by 4.6% in Bordeaux but falling 3.9% in Lyon and 3.7% in Marseille. For investors, this means location becomes even more important, especially when it comes to maximising yields.
These conditions are helping boost the outlook of international property investors. Figures show that France seems poised to avoid the dark days predicted by many property experts. In fact, 58% of people believe it is possible to do "good real estate business" in the country, especially when it comes to investing in apartments, according to the latest FNAIM/IFP's poll. This is considerably higher than the 42% recorded in 2012. Additionally, in July, the Wall Street Journal reported that major lenders are also focusing their attentions on the French market, particularly in prime segments, helping to increase competition and drive down overall financing costs.
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