Rental Market Report Revelations

Rental Market Report Revelations

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French Property Insider

October 1, 2009
Paris, France

Bonjour French Property Insider Subscriber,

Today’s French Property Insider offers a broad range of information, beginning with a report on the Paris rental market for the first half of 2009 created by New York Habitat. Read in today’s issue how John Rule, the Rental Manager for our small ’boutique’ firm of rental apartments, Parler Paris Apartments, and I, discover both the similarities and differences of our findings…and don’t miss the revelation of their report that surprised us all.

As a result of the report, today’s Hot Properties focuses on those apartments which will make good rental properties…as they say, "location, location, location" — all in central Paris where rentals are strongest.

On an interesting note from Nice, a reader and our agent confirm the suspicion that artist Raoul Dufy painted many of his scenes from the same building as an apartment offered for sale in a previous issue of French Property Insider. It’s still for sale if you’re interested! Read on to learn more.

In addition, there are many interesting articles from our sister publications to keep you up to date on what’s going on in the world of French real estate…and why this market is so strong and stable.

To any of you who are getting back to thinking about investing…now is a great time: prices are at a low, interest rates are at a low…and there’s only one way to go: up. Take advantage of this important time to invest.

A bientôt,

Adrian Leeds
Adrian LeedsEditor, French Property Insider
Email: [email protected]

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Volume VII, Issue 39, October 1, 2009

In this issue:

* Paris Rental Market Weathering the Storm
* A Comparison with the Rental Market Report
* France Prepares Its 2010 Budget
* FPI at Half Price!
* A Property with a History
* Who was Raoul Dufy?
* Why France is an Easier Place to Invest
* FPI Fractional Property Offerings
* Munich and Paris Duke it Out
* Moneycorp: Take the Risk Out of Currency Conversion
* An Analyst Declares Real Estate Market on the Mend
* Free Consultation Offer Ending Soon!
* Parler Paris Apartments: Fall Specials
* Lifestyle: Brangelina Property in the News Again
* Hot Property Picks: Le Marais vs St.-Germain
* The Next Notaires’ Property Auction
* Money Matters for Women Conference in October
* Property Show in the Fall: Focus on Luxury
* How You Can Obtain a Mortgage in France
* Parler Paris Après-Midi: Next Gathering Oct. 13th
* Managing Your FPI Subscription
* Subscribers Receive Discount on Insider Paris Guides

Paris Furnished Apartment Market Report: 1st Half 2009
By New York Habitat

The 1st half 2009 Paris Market Report looks at the challenges that the Paris Vacation Rental and Furnished Apartment market segments faced in the 1st half of 2009. Some of the key findings include:

* Less apartment rentals and lower prices due to a strong global recession and a continued strong Euro
* Strong competition from hotels as they also attempted to keep their occupancy rate high by dropping prices
* An uncertain outlook for 2010 as more than 60% of people in Paris believe that the economic uncertainty will continue

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Paris Furnished Apartment Market Report: 1st Half 2009
By Adrian Leeds

Rental Manager, John Rule, and I reviewed the New York Habitat report to determine if their findings were similar to ours at Parler Paris Apartments ( Our conclusion is this:

New York Habitat represents thousands of apartments and therefore has a much broader range from which to create such a report. Because they are not a full service managing agency, large apartments are less likely to be represented by them and therefore the findings on apartments of more than two bedrooms may not be as accurate as their findings on studios, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments.

The rental rates they post are net to the owner and therefore, when reviewing the rental rates on the market, keep in mind that agency-represented properties will be 20% to 40% higher than those noted in this report.

We do believe, however, that in general, their findings are correct. Rental rates and occupancy are down from previous years, but apartments that offer good location, quality amenities and priced well will perform better. Our apartments are all luxury properties and therefore our own experience shows less of a down trend than theirs.

What was surprising in their report is that Le Marais was the most popular district. In the past, it was Saint-Germain-des-Prés that took most of the requests…however, we question if their finding is skewed by the number of apartments offered in each area compared to the actual rentals or if because apartments in Le Marais were less expensive, therefore achieving a higher occupancy rate. Their report does not include "requests," but only valid completed rentals. If this finding is true, then it is clear that a property in Le Marais will produce a better return on investment as prices are lower by 2,000 to 5,000 euros per square meter, yet rental returns could be equal or higher in Le Marais compared to Saint-Germain-des-Prés.

We do agree with the general rate averages and average length of stays, but are mindful that their sampling is different from ours and therefore we have a slightly different experience. Yes, we agree, too, that Paris is still the number one destination in the world and that apartments offering a good mix, and particularly those of the highest standard, will fair better in a down market than the others.

Editor’s Note: For more information, contact John Rule, [email protected] or visit

French ’09 Deficit to Hit 8.2% of GDP

PARIS, Sept 26 (Reuters) – France will run up a deficit of 8.2 percent of gross domestic product in 2009 and the economy will contract 2.25 percent, French Prime Minister Francois Fillon was quoted as saying on Saturday.

However, Fillon told Le Journal du Dimanche newspaper that he expected the economy would grow 0.75 percent in 2010, and predicted that the annualised growth rate would climb back to around 2 percent during the course of the year.

The centre-right government is due to present its 2010 budget on Sept. 30. Fillon said that although some tax loopholes would be closed and some public sector jobs axed, stimulus measures to help the economy would remain in place.

‘The 2010 budget will be aimed at the recovery,’ he said in the interview, released ahead of Sunday’s publication…

He also confirmed the government would introduce a carbon tax next year and would increase taxes on generous pension payouts. Taxes would be imposed on all capital gains on property sales, rather than just a portion as at present…

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Letter to the Editor
From John B. Dale


I read with much interest your email of Wednesday, September 16 (Setting Sights on the Sea) on your search for properties in Nice. I wanted you to be aware of something interesting which may be related to the apartment building you are looking in at the far eastern end of the Quai des Etats-Unis next to the Hôtel Suisse.

The French artist, Raoul Dufy, once lived in an apartment building at the same end of the Baie des Anges, and he had a view almost identical to the one you posted in your photo in your email. Dufy painted this view of his apartment in a well known painting which I am attaching for you below. (A large framed print of it is hanging in my office. I am looking at it as I write this.)

My wife and I stayed at the Hôtel Suisse several years ago and our room also had a similar view. Only later, by accident, did I become aware of Dufy’s painting from his apartment, which has the same view. I was never able to determine with any certainty if Dufy lived as a boarder in an apartment building, which perhaps later became the Hôtel Suisse, or in another apartment building next door or nearby. But I wanted you to be aware of this somewhat interesting possible connection just in case it was the same building (or indeed unit) you were looking at. The proprietors should know if Dufy lived there or not, I would think. If you are still looking at that apartment, it might be an interesting question to ask.

All my best. One of your biggest fans. (We would be great partners!)



Dear John,

Thank you so much for point this out. The agency that represents the apartment took your quest to heart and this is what we learned:

"Art historians know that Dufy lived in the building before the Pension (now Hotel) Suisse was separated from the section now called Le Rocamare in the late 1930s. As far as I can find out, there’s no documentary evidence of which rooms he lived in — but all the sight lines in the famous Baie des Anges paintings all suggest a view from the center of the building at the height of the third (or sometimes the fourth floor). So, I believe that most of the paintings were done in this apartment or within 20 to 25 feet of it.

Of course, there are other historical associations with the building:

Musical: Berlioz was a long term visitor in the 1860s and wrote the overture to King Lear as a guest at Pension Suisse;

Literary: the heroine of Alcott’s LITTLE WOMEN also stays there and claims to be able to see Corsica in the morning light (no longer possible!);

Military-historical: the High Command of the Kriegsmarine lived in Le Rocamare in 1943 (there is a photo of the building covered in camouflage netting on display in the corridor to "l’ascenseur du chateau)".

‘Avant de mourir, Raoul Dufy a demandé qu’on ouvre les volets de sa chambre pour qu’il puisse voir dehors. C’est vrai que c’était joli dehors.’

I hope I have answered your question to your satisfaction John. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any other questions."

Yours sincerely,

Editor’s Note: To learn more about this property, visit or email us at [email protected].

Raoul Dufy

Raoul Dufy (3 June 1877 – 23 March 1953) was a French Fauvist painter. He developed a colorful, decorative style that became fashionable for designs of ceramics, textiles and decorative schemes for public buildings. He is noted for scenes of open-air social events.

To read more, visit:

Dufy died near Forcalquier, France, on 23 March 1953, and was buried not far from Matisse in the Cimiez Monastery Cemetery in Cimiez, a suburb of the city of Nice, France.


Stability ‘makes France easier to buy international property in’
By Tom Britten

France is an easier place for international property buyers to make a purchase in, it has been stated.

Director of overseas mortgage brokers Conti, Clare Nessling, told the Independent that the country has a greater mortgage availability than most because of its different approach to banking.

"They [French banks] certainly haven’t taken the extreme view that most UK lenders did. Throughout the credit crunch we’ve still been able to get 100 per cent mortgages in France for loans over €250,000 (£230,000)," she stated.

Around four out of five mortgages in the country are fixed-rate deals, the paper noted, suggesting this adds to the stability of the market…

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Munich Beats European Cities by Real Estate Investment Appeal

Munich is the most attractive European city for real estate investment judging by the level of demand, surpassing London and Paris, due to its diversified economy and growing population, according to a report by LaSalle Investment Management.

“This report is slightly confusing in that it only focuses on the demand side,” Robin Goodchild from Lasalle Investment Management told CNBC. “The pricing side is subtly different, and the pricing has actually been more extreme here in London and actually in Paris.”

London slipped to 8th in the city ranking, but Goodchild said it will “rise back up.”

“Munich and Paris have been neck and neck for the last few years,” he said “and they’re going to stay strong.” He said Paris will stay in the top three and Munich in the top five and “may actually challenge because it is the German city that is doing the best.”…

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France’s Real Estate on the Mend
By Graham Norwood

I spent a few days in France this week – work and pleasure, mixed – and realized that the country is perhaps something of an unsung hero of the real estate recession. It has suffered of course. I was in the Luberon, part of Provence, about two hours inland from Marseille. The rural idyll had plenty of homes lingering on the market for more than a year thanks to a drop in overseas buyers. Go into Marseille itself and there has been a visible increase in the vacancy rate of commercial property.

But the severity of the downturn, in property terms, is less than in much of Europe, and far below that of north America and parts of Asia. The figures prove the point.

The French commercial market was static in the first quarter of 2009, showing no price changes nor drop off in transactions, after two years of valuation declines and reducing numbers of sales and rentals. But three big deals in the second quarter of 2009 show things may be on the mend.

In the spring, a major Paris retail outlet at Rue du Faubourt Honore was purchased by a prominent French store chain for just above €103 million (Dh555m); in the summer a German firm snapped up offices in Lyon for €40m; now another Parisian store, in the famous Boulevard Haussmann, has been bought for more than €50m.

By the standards of 2006, these acquisitions would be unexceptional, but by the standards of 2007 and 2008, they are bordering on the miraculous.

I am not painting an overly optimistic picture here. The French market is still in tough times and funds are still in distress – the country’s SCPI investment funds recorded only €123.5m in foreign investment in the first half of 2009, a drop of 76 per cent on the €513m for the same period a year earlier. But the market is improving and with the wider economy of France now formally out of recession, commercial realtors report dramatically increased international interest in recent months…

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Brad Pitt to Build Airport Near French Estate
By Lori Smith

Brad Pitt’s looking to buy property surrounding his and Angelina Jolie’s French estate, Chateau Miraval, to build an airport so the family can fly in and out unseen by paparazzi.

Brangelina plunked down $60 million for the 1,000-acre estate in the South of France, which features 35 bedrooms, a vineyard, lake, forest and a moat.

A source told the New York Post, "One thing he loves about the estate is the privacy it affords. Nobody can get near it. So with Angelina completing her pilot’s license, their own airstrip would give them total freedom to come and go."

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HOT PROPERTY PICKS: Le Marais vs St.-Germain

Each week French Property Insider features a range of properties which we believe are on the market at the time of writing. These properties are featured in order to give readers a sample of what is currently available and a working example of prices being asked in various regions of France and districts of Paris.

This week we focus on some interesting property opportunities, suitable for rental, found in the Marais and Saint-Germain-des-Prés.

*** Marais, 3rd: One-bedroom, approx. 37m²

Magnificent two-room apartment located in a 17th century building in perfect condition. The apartment has exposed beams and stone from the period and is completely renovated and full of charm. There is a spacious living room with open, fully equipped kitchen. The bedroom faces a quiet courtyard and has an ensuite bathroom. All the historic charm and located in the heart of Paris.

Asking Price: € 294 000 + 2.5% Finder’s Fee



*** Marais, 4th: One-bedroom, approx. 64m²

Located in the heart of the Marais near the Pompidou Centre, Hotel de Ville and Notre Dame. This one bedroom apartment has all the charm of Paris. The apartment has mix of original details from the 18th century including Point d’Hongrie parquet floors, tomettes, exposed beams, fireplace and a pleasant view. The apartment is located on the third floor, has a southern exposure. There is a separate bathroom with bathtub and WC. Near plenty of shopping, restaurants and cafes. The building has digicode and Interphone security. Perfect as a pied à terre or rental investment.

Asking Price: € 515 000 + 2.5% Finder’s Fee



*** St-Germain, 6th: Studio, approx. 28m²

Nestled in the heart of chic Saint-Germain-des-Prés, down a quiet passage way is this charming studio apartment. Located on the 4th floor of a beautiful 18th century building with elevator, this apartment is comprised of a living room with alcove, open kitchen and renovated bathroom with shower. The flat is in very good condition and requires no work. This is an
ideal investment property or pied a terre as this property is quiet and very agreeable for life in the Saint-Germain.

Asking Price: € 315 000 + 2.5% Finder’s Fee



*** St-Germain, 6th: One-bedroom, approx. 40m²

In perfect condition and situated in the lively Latin Quarter near the Panthéon, on the first floor of a 19th-century building with elevator and gardien, a compact one-bedroom apartment with parquet floors, new and fully equipped open-plan kitchen, large modern bathroom and walk-in bedroom closet. Courtyard location assures absolute quiet. Cellar storage space.

Asking Price: € 495 000 + 2.5% Finder’s Fee


The Next Notaires’ Property Auction

Notaires de Paris
Place du Châtelet
12 avenue Victoria
Paris 1st


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  The following properties will be auctioned off October 13, 2009:    


Studios 12m²
60 rue de Cléry
75002 – PARIS 2eme
Starting Bid: 27 000,00 €
Deposit: 3 000,00 €




2 Rooms 33m²
38 rue du Château des Rentiers
75013 – PARIS 13eme
Starting Bid: 144 000,00 €
Deposit: 14 400,00€




3 Rooms 89m²
64, rue du Rendez-vous
75012 – PARIS 12eme
Starting Bid: 440 000,00 €
Deposit: 88 000,00 €



Editor’s Note: If you look at the properties on the Notaire’s site (, when you click on the information for a particular property there is also a link to Google Maps to show you exactly where the property is located.

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Luxury Property Show Announced
Compiled by Schuyler Hoffman

* Luxury Real Estate Trade Fair Loves Paris in the Autumn *

Not everyone can afford a private island or a fancy penthouse on New York’s Upper East Side. Still, for those who can, an invitation to the Luxury Real Estate Trade Fair will be just the thing to make the autumn seem brighter. And where better to promote high-end property than Paris, the world capital of chic? This elegant ambience will be further enhanced by the venue, Paris’s famous Musée du Louvre.

On the 27th, 28th and 29th of November 2009 Prestige-Paris will celebrate its third birthday with the assistance of France Convention, a specialist in niche and luxury trade fairs. This year’s gathering will be required both to meet the visitors’ very demanding expectations and outdo last year’s exceptionally successful event.

The recent recession has failed to affect the luxury sector as much as the rest of the economy, in fact the latest figures have revealed that the Parisian real estate market has improved. It seems that the most beautiful and luxurious homes never fail to find a buyer, a thought that will encourage participants in this most prestigious property exhibition.


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