Real estate investment in France
Foreigners can freely buy, rent out, and sell real estate in France.
Statistics confirm the liquidity of investments: residential real estate prices grow every quarter by an average of 1.1%. Five years ago, an apartment of 100 m² cost an average of €437,000, and today it is sold for €539,000.
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How the residential property price index is growing in France
Cost of a 3-bedroom apartment in France
Apartment in the centre of Paris
Apartment within a 30-minute drive
from the Eiffel Tower
Apartment in Bordeaux
What do investors buy?
France’s most expensive real estate is in Paris and the Cote d’Azur.
- townhouses and mansions
- villas and estates
France residence permit or citizenship by real estate investment
Obtaining a France residence permit or citizenship is not connected with purchasing real estate.
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Taxes and associated costs
Owners of real estate in France pay one of the annual taxes: on housing, residing or property. The housing and residing taxes are paid as a tax on imputed rental income, the income the owner could receive by renting out the property. The tax amount depends on the property type and location. The owner pays about €1,000 per year for an apartment in Paris.
The property tax is 1.5% to 3% of the initial property value. It is paid by the owners of real estate worth more than €1.3 mln.
An income tax of 20% is paid on the rental income.
maintenance of an apartment
Electricity, gas, water, heating, and garbage collection
Internet, TV and telephone
When selling real estate in France, non-EU citizens pay a capital gains tax of 33% on the difference between the sale and purchase prices.
The agency fee ranges between 2% and 6%.
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Capital gains tax
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Frequently asked questions
Yes, foreigners in France can buy and sell real estate without restrictions, rent it out.
No. While real estate prices in France are growing slower than the European Union average, they still grow by approximately 1,1% each quarter.
The average cost of residential real estate in France is €5,394 per 1 m².
Common things to be cautious of are:
- buying property for renovation — the estimated costs of renovative works can be significant;
- additional fees and taxes that accompany the property purchase;
- French inheritance law — those buying real estate in France must put a certain clause into the sales contract from the get-go. Without that, they won’t be able to put the property in their will.
France also doesn’t have any residency or citizenship by investment programs.
Property owners in France pay one of the annual taxes: property and residence taxes are paid in the form of a tax on imputed rental income. The amount of tax depends on the type of property and location. For an apartment in Paris, the owners pay about €1000 per year.
The property tax is 1,5%— 3% of the original cost of the property. It is paid by the owners of a property that costs more than €1,300,000.