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French Property Prices Rise


Evidence that the French property market was bottoming out was offered recently by the FNAIM - the French Real Estate Agents Union and an authority on market information. After successive quarters of negative growth, prices increased in September, October and November 2009 by 0.1%, 0.5% and 1% respectively.

Figures from December 2009 have yet to be released although it is expected the trend will continue.

Chez Riviera says they have seen an imporovement in the market: "From September 2008 to around April 2009, the market was challenging with limited activity and slight oversupply. Since May however, we have seen big improvements in buyer sentiments and sellers adjusting their prices to the new realities."

"The buyer profile has changed considerably over the past few years", continues Chez Riviera, "With fewer British, American and Irish buyers. The new entrants to the mid-range markets have been the Eastern Europeans and Russians. Whereas previously, they tended to focus on luxury properties, a newer generation of Russians are looking for two and three bedroom apartments, for example, in Nice or Villefranche Sur Mer."

( - in French only)

Selling Your Property on the French Riviera?

Based in Nice, Chez Riviera are estate agents and property finding service based in Nice, France. While primarily dealing with buyers, we also deal with sellers of select properties that match Chez Riviera's client requirements. These include apartments in Nice, villas from Nice to Menton and other properties of interest.

Selling with us has many advantages:

  • Efficient, English-speaking service
  • Broad international and local client base
  • Office in central Nice, with shop window, FNAIM membership and French real estate license holders
  • Member of French MLS (Multi-Listings Service) with over 200 agencies in Nice alone
  • Irish-owners with years of experience in French law and real estate
  • Free valuation

... So contact Chez Riviera now to see what we can do for you.

Your Seller Liaison:
Aideen O'Brien
0033 (0) 6 24 54 42 67

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Chez Riviera
Estate Agents



A property finding service and estate agency based in Nice, France. Chez Riviera has built up a reservoir of knowledge, experience and contacts on the Riviera over the past 9 years. Specialised in assisting foreigners buy or sell real estate on the French Riviera, Chez Riviera has developed an unrivalled team of experts to assist their clients through every stage of the overseas property purchase.

Malena E. Richard
Holiday Rentals



Malena has worked in the luxury sector since 1998 in the domain of private clubs, luxury hotels and Michelin starred restaurants in the U.S and France. Having been involved in several start-up companies from the ground up, she has extensive experience in both large corporations and small companies alike. Malena brings her expertise to Sunlight Properties ushering in a new level of holiday rental experience for both owners and guests by combining private home rental with touches of luxury style and experience. Malena has been involved specifically with the holiday rental property business and interior design for 10 years now, specifically in France since 2006.

Peter Brooke
Financial Advisor



Peter specialises in addressing the unique financial planning needs of Expatriates and those with cross-border interests. Peter has a detailed knowledge of international product providers and tax-efficient structures that can assist in asset building, asset protection and, ultimately, estate planning.Through Spectrum International Mortgages (SIMs) Peter has also helped resident and non resident property investors to secure over €60 million of French mortgages for property purchases on the Riviera in the last 10 years.

Arnaud Ruff
Chartered accountant, Auditor



The founder’s son, he joined the Nice office in 2006. His international experience gained during a number of periods abroad mean that he is particularly able to oversee foreign/international investment projects for private and professional clients. Through his work, he has become a specialist in the property and wine-making sectors.

Marc Citerrio
Mortgage Broker



With a background in Economic Sciences and law at the University of Nice, I moved to New York City to live for sometime. Upon my return to Nice, I began working for a major real estate agency on the French Riviera. This experience introduced me to working with the international community in Nice. In 2008 I began working as a broker and am now proud to be an expert in financing properties.

Chez Riviera
Estate Agents



For the past 9 years, the Chez Riviera team has been assisting both local and international clients find their dream home in the South of France. Made up of over 5 different nationalities and speaking more than 4 languages between them, the team at Chez Riviera are themselves expats who once discovered Nice and the surrounding area with foreign eyes. Together with their geographical knowledge of the local area and their savoir-faire of the must-see spots, our team is at your service with suggestions of where to go and what to see in the South of France.

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Chez Riviera is a property finding service and estate agency based in Nice, France, we have built up a reservoir of knowledge, experience and contacts on the Riviera. Specialising in assisting foreigners buy or sell real estate on the French Riviera, we have developed unrivalled networks of sellers, buyers, agencies and tradesmen that allow you to avoid the hassle involved in overseas property purchases.

From our offices in Nice, at 12 rue Dalpozzo, we liaise with local agencies to give you the best selection of properties in Nice and villas on the French Riviera. Through our membership of the French Multi Listings Service (MLS), Chez Riviera have around 1200 apartments for sale in Nice, 500 villas on the French Riviera and a host of other South of France real estate.

Contact us now to see what we can offer

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