If tracker mortgages were the flavour of last month then fixed rates will be all the rage in September. Rates for fixed rate French mortgages have fallen significantly in the past year but the recent dramatic drop in the TEC 10 index (explained below) indicates that we should have the lowest fixed rates ever to be offered in France next month. The last time average fixed rates in France were below 3.50% was back in Q4 2005 when the TEC 10 was above 3%. With the TEC 10 now as low as 2.60%, a fall of around 40% in August alone, this could herald fixed rates at levels unseen in decades.
In an environment where French property prices are now stable but with sellers likely to be tempted by fair offers, now really does seem like a unique opportunity to buy a French property, especially with the security that a fixed rate mortgage brings.