Deconfinement and real estate: What Covid has changed in the French purchase projects

SeLoger delivers the results of its Observatory of Real Estate Moral (OMI) carried out during the first week of the deconfinement. 10 key figures to understand the impact of the health crisis on the real estate projects of French people.

SeLoger delivers the results of its Observatory of Real Estate Moral (OMI) carried out during the first week of the deconfinement. 10 key figures to understand the impact of the health crisis on the real estate projects of French people.

Crises disrupt behaviour and change mentalities. But in concrete terms, how have buyers’ perceptions of the post-Covid real estate market been altered? How do they see the “Next World”? A survey conducted by SeLoger and its Observatoire du Moral Immobilier (OMI) answers these questions based on the perception of more than 2,500 future buyers interviewed during the first week of the deconfinement.

“In May, 39% of future buyers said it was a good time to buy, while the majority (46%) did not really know how to position themselves on this subject, although 78% said so loud and clear a year ago. This hesitation to come out of confinement is a natural phenomenon given the upsetting experience we have all had.This reluctance to move out of confinement is a natural phenomenon given the upsetting experience we have all experienced. Buying projects have also evolved out of confinement with a greater appetite for small towns. Desires for outdoor space and home are also more marked and the experience of teleworking now makes Internet access a priority for 53% of future buyers. The buyer is certainly going green but wants to stay connected, “says Séverine Amate, Spokeswoman at SeLoger.

Internet access, a priority for 53% of buyers!

53% of the future deconflicted buyers make Internet access a priority.Haro on the white zones, these territories unloved because deprived of a fixed broadband network.According to a survey carried out by SeLoger and its Observatoire du Moral Immobilier from 14 to 18 May 2020, more than half of the buyers make Internet access, the quality of the connection and the connection to the optical fibre, an essential criterion of their real estate search, which will not surprise parents of teenagers nor the big consumers of TV series on demand! It is also interesting to note that this figure echoes a United Nations resolution, dating from 2016, which made access to the Internet a “new” human right!

One in 4 French people consider buying in a small town

It’s definitely not the size that counts! Indeed, the study conducted by SeLoger and its IMO shows that 25% of French people consider becoming homeowners in a small town, i.e. a town with less than 20,000 inhabitants.While 13% of the buyers surveyed even admit to targeting the countryside and that more and more French people have a desire for greenery, it is nevertheless clear that a massive urban exodus is not the case today, nor should it be. The majority of new jobs are now being created in towns and cities, so it is often better not to stray too far from them…

https://www.nytimes.com/guides/realestate/how-to-buy-a-house

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