MAP: See where prices for rural properties fell most in France in 2023

Transactions in one region are down more than 30% with prices falling as much as 24% in some departments

The price of rural properties has dropped by almost 25% in some areas, figures show, but this is not the case everywhere
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Now could be a good time to buy property in some parts of rural France, as the prices of homes in the countryside have fallen significantly, newly-released figures show.

In 2023, there were just 91,000 transactions for houses in rural areas, a drop of 24.2% compared to 2022, show figures released by the government-backed Safer network (Sociétés d'aménagement foncier et d'établissement rural) which oversees sales and purchases of properties in rural and farming areas.

Safer calculated its conclusions based on sales of country houses with land of less than five hectares bought by non-farmers as a principal or secondary residence.

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The reduction in transactions is thought to be mainly due to the sharp rise in mortgage rates in 2023. 

Rates reached an average of 4% for 20-year loans, forcing many would-be buyers – particularly those climbing onto the property ladder for the first time – to abandon their plans.

“Almost the entire country has seen a decline in the number of transactions between 2022 and 2023,” Safer said in its report.

It said that this was particularly marked in: 

  • Auvergne Rhône-Alpes (transactions down 30.6%)

  • Hauts-de-France (down 31%) 

  • Normandy (down 21.1%).

House prices drop – but not everywhere

This has had a knock-on effect on sellers, many of whom were forced to lower prices last year. On average, house prices in mainland France fell by 4.3%, the report said. 

At department level, the figures show that house prices have fallen the most in: 

  • Marne (a drop of 24.4%)

  • Côte-d'Or (24% drop)

  • Doubs (23.7% drop)

However this is not the case everywhere. 

Prices of countryside houses rose by an average of 14.4% in Haute-Savoie, 14.1% in Seine-et-Marne, 22.2% in Essonne and 42.5% in Yvelines.

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A full list of the change in average prices in 2022 and 2023 can be seen on our map below. The number of rural house sales in 2023 is also shown, if you hover over each department.

Note that in some more urban departments, no sales defined as rural were recorded.