Well that was a wasted 10 euros…

One of the most frustrating aspects of searching for an apartment in Paris is the lack of transparency.  There is no Zillo, real estate agents are reluctant to share past sales data, and there is no public database or records search available.  The website of the notaries of Paris (who act as title agents) does offer averages, but no specific data.  How are you supposed to know when you’re getting a good deal and when you’re getting ripped off?

When I found a link to http://www.base-bien.info/, which boasted historic data on past sales, for a mere (ha!) 10€, I thought I had found the holy grail.  A few keystrokes later and I had a list of past comp sales for one part of the 13th, where we’re seriously considering an apartment.  Oh but minor problem.  The list only provides the size, selling price, and floor – it doesn’t say what year the building dates from, if there is an elevator, and what work (if any) was needed.  Factors that are just as relevant as the ones listed and make the list almost, but not totally, useless.  At the very least NOT WORTH 10 EUROS!  So don’t make my mistake, unless you really have 10€ to chuck away on this:


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One Response to “Well that was a wasted 10 euros…”

  1. Struggler Says:

    Must be very hard to be without tools like Zillow or even past sales data from agents. I must admit, when we were house-hunting (albeit in California), I ended up making my own spreadsheet of asking price vs selling price and other comments about the houses we looked at (or even didn’t look at). It was a very sad, obsessive thing to do, but at least I started to feel like I knew the market.

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