THERE is no doubt that the internet has helped balance the advantage those with information had over those without, and this is especially so when it comes to property prices.
Being able to get an idea of what has been paid for property, from small city apartments to larger homes in the countryside, can really help in your search for a place in France.
The Immoprix website, which is part of the Notaires de France, draws together figures from sales over the past years to provide you with average property prices for locations across the country.
The site is very simple to use as you start by entering a post code and decide if you want to see prices for apartments, houses or land, you then get a breakout of what's been paid.
One of the slight problems is that as you make enquiries for property deeper in the French countryside the results returned are more for areas of a département, useful as a ballpark figure.
In larger towns and cities you have greater opportunity to focus your search on particular neighbourhoods, and if you are looking at prices for apartments then you can enter an address and prices close by will be produced.
It is also possible to see the progress of prices over recent years, providing you with a guide to how prices have moved, highlighting just how extraordinary the boom times of 2004/05 were.