TheMoveChannel.com has released a revealing infographic, "France at a Glance", that pinpoints some of the realty hot spots in France, as well as some of the regions that are prime for real estate investment. The infographic is based on information that TheMoveChannel.com collected from search queries on its site over the course of 2011.
The “region popularity” section of the infographic is perhaps the most revealing. Southern France clearly leads the way with a heavy demand for property in several southern regions. Provence-Alpes-Cote d´Azur, for example, accounts for 15.65 percent of all user searches, and Aquitaine makes up 14.11 percent. Languedoc Rousillon trailed close behind with 13.94 percent. Northern areas accounted for considerably less with the lowest being Lorraine, accounting for only 0.29 percent.
Despite the heavy interest in the southern reigion, Paris still maintained a comfortable lead in the search results for investment interest with 21 percent. Bordeaux and Marseilles account for 15.5 percent and 11.4 percent respectively.
TheMoveChannel also tallied up results of Google keyword searches that landed visitors on the site. Topping the list was “houses for sale in france” and “property for sale in france”. Searches for “houses” were considerably higher than other types of living properties, such as “villas” and “cottages”.