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.

€5,394

Average price per 1 m²

1,1%

Average price growth per quarter

8,6—29,7%

Associated costs, of the property value

How the residential property price index is growing in France

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Cost of a 3-bedroom apartment in France

€6 million

Apartment in the centre of Paris

€1.2 million

Apartment within a 30-minute drive from the Eiffel Tower

€350,000

Apartment in Bordeaux

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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Frequently asked questions

  • Can a foreigner buy property in France?

    Yes, foreigners in France can buy and sell real estate without restrictions, rent it out.

  • Are property prices falling in France?

    No. While real estate prices in France are growing slower than the European Union average, they still grow by approximately 1,1% each quarter.

  • What is the average cost of a house in France?

    The average cost of residential real estate in France is €5,394 per 1 m².

  • What are the pitfalls of buying a house in France?

    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.

  • How much tax do you pay when buying a house in France?

    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.