Thermal colanders are coming to the real estate market in force

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With the rental ban for well-classified G from 2025 and F from 2028, the French are trying to get rid of their energy-intensive homes.

From 2025, it will be forbidden to rent accommodation classified G. It will then be the turn of apartments classified F in 2028 (then those classified E in 2034). And that’s a lot of housing. According to figures from the Ministry of Ecological Transition, there are between 4.9 and 7 million energy strainers (housing classified F and G) among the 29 million dwellings in France. Thus, between 17% and 24% of the French stock would constitute housing of this type.

The result of this measure is beginning to be felt. A joint study between MeilleursAgents and SeLoger shows that in 2021, 12.9% of the properties advertised on the sites analyzed were energy sieves. “During 2021, the increase in listings for sale reaches +8% for apartments labeled F or G, while it is limited to +3.5% for apartments with higher ratings. As for energy-intensive houses, the volume of their ads is soaring (+7.4% over 1 year) while, at the same time, the trend is down (-10.4%) on the listings for sale of houses benefiting from a better ECD”, note the two specialists.

Up to -17% capital loss

And unsurprisingly, these poorly rated properties are depreciated. With equivalent characteristics (seniority, area, etc.), a property whose DPE is F or G sees its sale price reduced by 6.7% compared to that of an average student (C, D or E). An apartment classified F or G at the DPE sells, on average, 13% less than if it is labeled A or B. As for the discount suffered by an energy-intensive house, it reaches up to -17%.

This is linked to the “negotiating lever that constitutes the prospect for the purchaser of an energy-intensive home of having to carry out energy renovation work if he plans to rent it”, explains Barbara Castillo Rico, head of economic studies at Meilleurs Agents and SeLoger.

In France, the rise in real estate prices for colanders is 2% while it reaches 5.7% for other goods. On the other hand, in Paris, properties classified F or G cost, on average, 1.1% more than the others. “The reason being that, in the capital, many historic and prestigious buildings are energy sieves, and households ready to take the leap of property in the capital place more importance on this characteristic than on the green value of the good”. However, MeilleursAgents and SeLoger are seeing a strong influx of energy-efficient apartments for sale on the market in the capital. Paris recorded an increase in the number of energy sieve announcements of +34.3%, against +8% at the national level.

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