No one knows the area like a lo­cal es­tate agent. We asked Marie Corn­well from Le­for­estier Im­mo­bilier for the in­side track on the prop­erty mar­ket in Seine-Mar­itime

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A prop­erty agent cov­er­ing Seine-Mar­itime gives her in­sider knowl­edge

How much are the cheap­est and most ex­pen­sive prop­er­ties you have for sale?

The cheap­est is a tra­di­tional longère house at €150,000. It has 73m2 of liv­ing space plus a loft that could be con­verted.

The most ex­pen­sive prop­erty is an 18th-cen­tury cas­tle priced at €2,300,000. The cur­rent own­ers hold large wed­ding re­cep­tions there.

Can you tell us about the typ­i­cal ar­chi­tec­ture of the area?

There are two types of typ­i­cal prop­er­ties in the area. One is a rather im­pos­ing build­ing, made from brick and flint with a slate roof. They are usu­ally spread across three lev­els and have a cel­lar and out­build­ings. The other style of house is more mod­est; of­ten on one level with an at­tic. These houses are typ­i­cally built from flint and wood and the roof can be in tiles, slate or thatch.

What type of bud­get does your typ­i­cal Bri­tish buyer have?

Since Brexit we have found that Bri­tish peo­ple who come to see us have a big bud­get – usu­ally more than €500,000.

What do they tend to want to buy?

The Bri­tish buy­ers that we see usu­ally want old houses with lots of char­ac­ter in a quiet, but not iso­lated area.

What is the prop­erty mar­ket in SeineMar­itime like at the mo­ment?

It is do­ing very well at the mo­ment. I think peo­ple are keen to take ad­van­tage of the low in­ter­est rates that we are see­ing.

What are your pre­dic­tions for the prop­erty mar­ket in the com­ing months?

I think the mar­ket is go­ing to be very dy­namic this year. The in­ter­est rates are very low and I think peo­ple will take ad­van­tage of this be­cause we don’t know how the pres­i­den­tial elec­tions will af­fect this. We have more and more Parisians who want to buy a house here (it is not far from Paris) and we ex­pect this trend will con­tinue.

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