There appears to have been some spectacular movements in house prices last year, according to the notaires, if the figures are to be believed.
House prices in the Pyrénées Orientales rose by an average of 3.3% last year, the first time for several years prices have not been in retreat.
According to a recent survey, rent levels in France averaged €12.70m2 last year, with smaller properties attracting the highest yields.
The French estate agents report a record year in 2017 for the housing market, but it was one substantially underpinned by the main cities.
The mountains are omnipresent in Haute-Savoie, making it the premier skiing area in Europe, and one of the most popular areas in France for British holiday home buyers.
Over the past 10 years one third of non-resident foreign French property buyers have been British, but they are now spending less.
In the Mediterranean department of Herault, wherever you live, the mountains are close and the sea is not too far away.
The French government have recently published a review of residential building land prices for 2016.
The latest departmental market analysis shows average prices outside of Paris ranging from €650m² in the Creuse to €3,900m² in the Alpes Maritimes.
A combination of relatively low house prices, striking beauty and tranquillity make the Dordogne a popular choice for prospective international property buyers.
Vineyard prices in France rose by an average of 3.8% last year, with prices anything between €5,000 and €5 million a hectare.
The price of agricultural land in France ranges on average from €2K/hectare up to €17K/hectare, and price movements last year were just as varied.
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