Housing sector improves in France

The housing sector is improving in France. Here are the most interesting statistics….

The latest figures from INSEE released on Tuesday 28th April have shown that the housing situation in France is mixed but improving.

Main homes, which amounted to 28 million units in late 2013 across France, now have more space (10 m2 on average) than they did thirty years ago. But over the last 7 years, the area has remained the same at an average of 91 sqm. Between 1984 and 2013, the number of rooms per person increased from 1.5 on average for houses, and from 1.3 to 1.5 for the apartments.

This increase is logical, the more we advance in age, the greater the size of the rooms. The over 65 have an average of 60 sqm per person against around 30 sqm for those less than 30 years of age

Similarly, the quality of housing has improved. Today, only 6% of households consider their housing conditions inadequate against 15% in the 1970s, however, some indicators have not really improved. For example, the share of own their homes (58%) has made very little progress in recent decades. Among them, those who have finished repaying their housing loans are still relatively old (65 years on average).