Can you buy a house in the South of France as a non-resident of the country? 

 

Naturally, buying property in France is a slightly more complicated process for non-residents than it is for a French resident – but the short answer to this question is yes. Currently there are no restrictions on non-EU residents, such as British or American buyers, buying a house in France.

 

However, there are many French laws, French taxes, French mortgages, and, of course, the French property market to get your head around before you commit to buying your dream home in France – whether to live in, rent out, or as an investment. 

 

This short guide will walk you through what you need to know about buying real estate in France as a non-resident. 

The French Property Market

Despite all the turmoil over the past two years, the housing market in France remains strong. House sales are once again on the rise, according to the latest figures from Global Property Guide (GPG) – existing home sales rose by 22.6% year-over-year last year, while new home sales rose 29%. 

 

Likewise, prices are going up, rising 5.85% during the first half of 2021 – suggesting that the tendency is for the market to remain strong. As Simon Frost, Communications Manager for Atlanta Construction, puts it in a recent interview for FrenchEntrée:

 

“House prices in France are going up – especially for the lower-priced properties. The values of the more expensive houses are pretty stable, but there is very strong demand – which is increasing – for properties priced under €200,000. On the positive side, land prices are relatively stable, especially on the outskirts of towns. However, prices are increasing in the centre of towns.

 

“If you are looking for a property close to the coast – be prepared to pay more! However, let’s not forget that house prices in France compared to other