Deconfinement: what impact on real estate on the Côte Vermeille?
Covid-19 and Côte Vermeille real estate: a sudden stopAs elsewhere in France, the various municipalities of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques and the seaside resorts of the Côte Vermeille, on the coastal strip south of Perpignan, experienced a period of total population containment between March 17 and May 11, 2020. These exceptional measures are associated with the closure of all businesses and establishments deemed non-essential, including real estate agencies. Difficult, in fact, to discover an exceptional property or to sign a sales agreement without a physical meeting between the main stakeholders! Due to the specific conditions linked to the coronavirus epidemic, the Côte Vermeille real estate market did not experience any transactions during the confinement period, then a gradual recovery from the second half of May.
Box: A blow to the vacation rental market
After the complete cessation of activity during confinement, the landlords of the Côte Vermeille specializing in seasonal rentals suffered from the famous 100 km rule, which excluded a large part of the usual clientele (including the inhabitants of Montpellier or Toulouse ). Hoteliers, as far as they are concerned, noted in May a historically low occupancy rate of 15 to 20%. *
What foreseeable price development?During the Covid-19 crisis, real estate on the Côte Vermeille experienced a temporary standstill. However, its fundamentals have not changed particularly, and the agencies have seen projects postpone rather than their outright cancellation. Various professionals in the sector, such as in Canet-en-Roussillon *, believe that prices will not change in the coming months and before the end of 2020. Seaside resorts such as Argelès-sur-Mer and Banyuls-sur-Mer remain very attractive to a large audience of summer visitors or retirees wishing to relocate to the shores of the Mediterranean.
Box: A real estate market that remains in balance
In July 2020, the real estate tension index (ITI), which corresponds to the ratio between the number of active buyers and active sellers, is assessed by the MeilleurAgents broker at -4% for the Pyrénées-Atlantiques. This means that there are 4% fewer buyers than the goods for sale, a market almost in equilibrium and which announces a stabilization of prices. **