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Residential real estate investing

As an asset, housing is in a class of its own, offering low volatility in returns, a pooling of the rental risk and good liquidity on the resale of buildings – either as a block or in lots.

However, residential property is also subject to a tight regulatory leasing, investment and urban planning framework (ALUR law, rent controls, tenants' rights, social housing requirements, pre-emption risk etc.), that must be taken into account when considering an investment.

CBRE's Residential team offers every type of service relating to residential property:  Valuation and development consulting, Block Sales and Individual Sales.

CBRE’s close-knit network of Residential consultants aims to build up a long-term relationship with each client. Their experience and multi-disciplinary skills guarantee the quality of their advice.

Support from this network is available both to French clients looking to invest in foreign markets and to international clients considering investing in France. 

Development consulting

Before the value of a housing asset can be determined, an accurate initial analysis of its market is required. CBRE provides:

  • Market research throughout France 
  • Analysis of regulatory impacts (ALUR law, Aurillac law)
  • Valuation of buildings based on sales in lots or sales of whole blocks,
  • Land redevelopment, office/housing conversion

Block Sales

Consultants specialising in Block Sales operate throughout France, supporting investors in their hold/sell strategies for residential or mixed-use properties:

  • Sale of assets or company shares
  • Sale of existing or off-plan (VEFA) properties
  • Land development
  • Housing or mixed-use buildings 

Individual Sales

The Individual Sales team operates in Paris and in Ile-de-France, advising clients on:

  • Sale of housing in co-ownership properties
  • Sale of upmarket housing
  • Sale in lots of wholly-owned buildings (management of the transfer to co-ownership, application of joint agreements, rights of pre-emption etc.)
  • Off-plan sales on behalf of property developers (sales office and site sales management, marketing management, back office etc.)

Related Research

The senior serviced residences: the future of core investments

CBRE Global Living 2020

ViewPoint : CoLiving

ViewPoint : Le marché résidentiel Haut de Gamme à Paris

ViewPoint : Les logements étudiants en France

CBRE Residential Website


Sébastien Lorrain
Sébastien Lorrain
Senior Director Residential, Healthcare, Investment Properties
01 53 64 34 22
06 79 40 05 82