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Ruffec is a picturesque 4,000-inhabitant town located in the Charente department ( Poitou Charentes region ). It is crossed by two Charente river affluents: Lien and Péruse and the some 4,000 inhabitants are called the Ruffécois(es).
Ruffec is built on a vast limestone plateau in middle of colourful landscapes. Thanks to an oceanic climate, Ruffec benefits from an above-average annual sunshine period (about 1,900 hours). Winters bring average temperatures of -4⁰C while in summer temperature gets around 20⁰C. There are 50 frost days per year at most with quite numerous rainfalls allowing to cultivate many crops.
Ruffec is said to be a thriving town on the threshold of the Poitou-Charentes region. It has so many things to offer to its residents and visitors that it is quite complex to deal with all its assets. It is notably renowned for the square of Saint André church. Relics of the past are to be discovered throughout the town within green surroundings. This typical village really boasts a pleasant traditional lifestyle.
A very good geographical location at the heart of the region allows Ruffec to be the ‘capital’ of north Charente. Situated close to networks and big towns, it has however remained autonomous. The cultivation of cereals is still very active but the economy is nowadays mainly based upon the service sector. More than 100 successful shops are to be found and put the town at the 7th regional rank in terms of business attractivity. Ruffec is definitely a growing town.
In 2009, property prices in Ruffec are low probably due to the current real estate crisis. Thus many bargains are on the market and it is clearly the right time to invest in a property in the town.
The average property price in the area is about €1,100 /sq m. considering the national average (€3,197 /sq m), Ruffec is a great location if you are looking for a placement. You can find small properties for less than €100,000 and 3-bedroom houses for about €150,000. Larger dwellings should cost around €200,000.
The commune has good rental opportunities since about 40% of its residents are tenants. A buy-to-let investment could be fast profitable to you. If your budget is low, you can pitch on a town house or a village house which are generally less expensive. If you can afford a detached house, then you will benefit from other assets such as quietness in the countryside.
To get updated info about the property prices in Charente, please browse our French Property Market Reports published in the News Section every month.
Click here to have an overview of Poitou Charentes Property Prices.
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