In the French papers
Property prices may have risen in France over the last year, but they’ve rocketed in neighbouring countries such as Germany and the Netherlands. A recent study by Standard & Poor’s revealed that prices in France will rise by 2.7% in 2018 before staging a “soft landing” in 2019 (a predicted +2%). Elsewhere however, price inflations are higher: +8.3% this year in the Netherlands, +9.5% in Ireland and +4% in Germany. In general, the study is predicting prices to slow down throughout Europe in 2019, except for the UK where they are expected to rise by 2.5%.
A group of architecture students from Lyon have created a shepherd’s hut which can be assembled in half a day and moved around by helicopter. Tatou, is the name of the intriguing hut made from five interlocking blocks, now perched on a 2,500m-high point in the Vanoise national park. It was built to help shepherds who struggle to find accommodation in the mountains while protecting their flocks from wolves. The French TV presenter specialising in France’s national heritage believes the new housing law, La Loi ELAN, is undermiming conservation efforts. Stéphane Bern said that the law “was after the Architectes des Bâtiments de France’s heads”, quoting one of the articles which will indeed limit the power of the architects in charge of protecting listed buildings in France. The law states that decisions made by the ABF could be overuled to “facilitate and speed up operations in order to combat poor housing conditions.”
A Paris-based startup has launched an app that measures the amount of sunlight a house or apartment receives. Solen, meaning ‘sun’ in Swedish, will be aimed at private individuals who are keen to know how much sunlight a home they are looking to buy or rent will receive, but it will also be useful to estate agents who will have a more detailed report on the levels of sunlight of a particular property.
Electronic signatures for property transactions could soon become mainstream in France. A French start-up company focused on writing up legal property contracts and a tech e-signature specialist company have been working together since the beginning of this year to enable professionals, sellers and buyers to complete and sign paperwork electronically in a bid to save time and money.