Two separate reports point to a slow down in the market, with one predicting that prices may actually fall.
Economic research group BIPE has looked into the financial pressures and changing demographics of France, coming to the conclusion that next year prices may fall by around four per cent (click the thumbnail image for graph).
They have predicted that price increases for 2006 are likely to be around the six per cent mark, a figure closely supported by the latest findings from FNAIM, the estate agents association.
The FNAIM monthly report looks at the state of the market for both houses and apartments, based on around 10,000 property sales across France.
Their September report shows that in comparison to the same time last year prices have risen by 7.6 per cent, way down on the heady days of summer 2004 when property prices increased by around 15 per cent.
Unsurprisingly these findings have made for interesting reading on many of the independent websites in France that follow the property market, please see:
What has been your own experience of the property market, are houses taking longer to sell and is it a good thing that a sense of normality is returning?