House Hunting in Spring

Originally posted on & updated on 10th May, 2024

This new blog article provides tips and information about the benefits of house hunting in France in spring. Buying activity is traditionally higher in spring as property buyers look to take advantage of the warmer weather and plan to secure their dream property in time for the holiday. But this year is a little different; the sun is taking time to come out while new properties trickle through to the market after a subdued start of 2024.
As families return to work and classrooms, we advise planning around bank and school holidays in France, especially in May, which has several religious and historic ‘jours fériés’ when many families take advantage of extended weekends, called bridges, starting with labour day on May 1st, a Wednesday, the perfect day for strategic holiday planning, and long “viaduct” weekends. This is repeated the following week, on the 8th May for VE Day celebrations and the next day, on 9th May (Ascension) for an extended bank holiday weekend. Then a few days later, on the 21st May this year, the French celebrate pentecost (Whit) Monday with another public holiday, so be aware and arrange visits with extra care during this period.

The Spring Real Estate Market

Spring usually sees a surge in new properties hitting the market after winter renovations or owners preparing for summer. This period often sees an increase in the variety of properties available, ranging from countryside properties  to lock-up and leave village houses. The spring market is typically characterised by motivated sellers and a broad inventory, providing house hunters options before the holiday season starts. Buyers may find less competition during this period, leading to more choice, more attention from real estate agents and the potential for a better deal.

What is Spring Like in France?

Spring normally brings comfortable temperatures and longer and brighter days, making house hunting and viewings a joy at this time of the year. Explore different regions without the summer heat or winter chills. Properties are beginning to look their best, with blooming gardens and sunshine highlighting architectural details; however, don’t travel too light as mornings and evenings can still feel cold at this time of year, so you’ll need a jumper and a coat. Some friends of ours have already been in a pool a few times in Hérault this month, but at 18 degrees Celsius, we think we’ll wait for a few weeks.

Beautiful French Landscapes

Spring in France is when landscapes come alive with blooming flowers and verdant greenery. This seasonal transformation extends to the properties on the market, with gardens and outdoor spaces showcasing their full potential. The aesthetic appeal of properties during this season can significantly influence house-hunting, offering potential buyers a more attractive yet realistic view of their future homes.

Take your time driving around, exploring the scenic national and départemental road network, less-crowded city centres, wine caves, shops, museums, parks, hotels, and restaurants. Discover our guides to planning a trip and buying a property in France to help you get organised before you jump on the plane, the ferry, or the Eurostar.

Cultural Experiences and Fun

House hunting in France during spring offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in the country’s rich cultural heritage. From ancient traditions to local customs, house hunters can gain a unique perspective on the country’s culture. Spring events and traditions can also be enjoyed while exploring different French regions, adding an extra layer of enjoyment to house-hunting. Below is a small selection of events and tourist places to consider while visiting this spring, but carry out your own research, it’s part of the journey. There are hundreds of local cultural events taking place throughout the Hexagon during spring and summer.

  • The D-Day landing beaches and WW2 memorial places are incredible and sobering historic sites, or visit the Monet Foundation and Gardens in Giverny (Normandy region) as the impressionism movement celebrates 150 years this year.
  • From April 13 to 28, 2024, discover Châteaux en Fête with a selection of the 1001 castles and Mansions in the Dordogne, offering fun, cultural, educational, sporting, or gastronomic experiences.
  • In the first week of May, look out for the Olympic flame after it arrives in Marseille and then travels to many towns and cities around the country. Please read our article about the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games and how to follow the flame.
  • The 77th edition of the glamorous Cannes Film Festival will be held on the Riviera from 14 to May 25. The glitzy yearly gathering of actors and filmmakers is followed by the Classic Monaco Grand Prix 2024, which takes place on the 25th/26th of May. It’s one of the most famous tracks in the F1 racing calendar and one of the driver’s favourites.
  • Visit the French Tennis Open of Roland Garros from May 26 until June 9 and indulge in the ultimate shopping experience at the iconic Printemps store at Boulevard Haussmann in Paris, one of the leaders in fashion, luxury, lifestyle and beauty.
  • The OFF Festival in Carcassonne is a renowned event celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The festival features over 70 free annual shows, including concerts, open-air cinema, brass bands, plays, and many other exciting activities. The festival’s different stages are set in iconic city locations, showcasing the medieval walled city’s exceptional historical and cultural heritage.

Fresh Seasonal Produce

Spring is a time of renewal and growth; this is especially evident in the fresh seasonal produce available in local markets during this period. From tender asparagus spears and crisp radishes to sweet strawberries and juicy apricots or cherries, the market stalls beam with vibrant colours and flavours. The mild weather is perfect for enjoying these fresh fruits and vegetables. Whether you’re a foodie or enjoy fresh, healthy eating, the bounty of spring produce in France will surely delight your senses.

Spring Renovations

Spring also presents an opportune time for renovations; learn about renovating in France in this blog post. The mild weather conditions make it an ideal season for potential buyers to consider improving their new homes. These renovations can range from energy-efficient upgrades to enhancements of outdoor living spaces, allowing buyers to refresh and decorate their properties to their specific tastes or to accommodate paying customers and guests in the summer.

Tips for Springtime House Hunting in France

Research the locations you’d like to explore and book accommodations early, as spring is a popular travel season. Research the best locations, understand the necessary paperwork, and consider budget and future lifestyle needs.

Our experienced English-speaking property agents can guide you through the process and provide valuable insights into their local area. Be open to exploring different areas and villages beyond your initial list. Spring’s weather allows for spontaneous discoveries and a possible “Coup de Coeur”.

Whether you’re a seasoned property investor or a first-time buyer, house hunting in France during spring could be the start of an exciting new chapter of your life. So, pack your bags, embrace the season of renewal, and embark on your journey to find your perfect French property!

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