ASK THE AGENT
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
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.