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Latest Paris Real Estate Data – Feb thru May 2010

August 5, 2010

The Notaires of Paris have just released their latest figures on the real estate market throughout the Ile de France, including Paris.  The figures once again confirm the trend of increasing prices, both in Paris and the outlying suburbs.  Paris apartment prices are up 7.2% year over year (May 2010/May 2009), more than negating the drop in prices experienced for the year prior (May 2009/May 2008).  For the quarter ending in May, prices have once again increased 2.6%, adding to the string of quarterly increases of the prior to quarters.

Coupled with these solid numbers is a very healthy increase of 56% in the number of apartments sold in Paris over the last year, with 7900 apartments sold in the last quarter alone.

To view this report in its entirety, you can visit the website at http://www.paris.notaires.fr.

Social Networking

December 2, 2008

Things have slowed down a bit now that the economy has gone into a temporary permafrost.  So I decided that it was time to try to connect more directly with those of you who have written to me in the past or who follow my doings in Paris.

For me, the easiest way is to connect is via a couple of the various social networks like Facebook, LinkedIn and Xing.  If you are like me, it just feels a little better if you know a tad more about the people you interact with.  On these sites, especially Facebook, I try to share a  piece of my life that is not always about business.  Yes, sometimes it’s a little silly, and sometimes a little personal, and I always worry about protecting my family’s privacy.  But at the same time, I love what I do, and in these difficult times, it helps to be out there sharing experiences, giving encouragement, and helping others through the rough patches.  I have been through times like these before, and ultimately, things will get better.

That reminds of of a cute play on a famous saying that I saw yesterday: “The light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off to conserve electricity.”  I had to chuckle at that one and then I realized how important it is to maintain a sense of humor when times are challenging.

If any of you would like to connect with me on Facebook (www.facebook.com), please do not hesitate.  Drop me a line at steve@navaro.com, or just pop up my page. Maybe we can get to know each other a little better, share stories, laugh a little and find our common ground!

Internet Solutions

March 12, 2008

If you are like me, and fairly active on the Internet, with subsciptions to multiple service providers, then you can appreicate what a hassle it is to log into each service with your username and password.  Just trying to remember all of these, particularly when one is not at their home computer, can be quite frustrating.  Finally, however, one startup company, called Clickpass (www.clickpass.com) has figured out a way to log in once and then enter directly to any of one’s services with one click.  No username, no password needed.  Clickpass remembers alll of your access codes on its high security servers.  The company launched yesterday, and will be adding services incorporating this feature over the next few months. 

Brought to you by the creators of OpenID (used by Yahoo, Plaxo and other sites), it simplifies immensely the log-in process.  I for one am glad to see it’s arrival.  Time will tell if it’s a hit or a flop.

Joining Facebook

January 13, 2008

It was with some trepidation that I decided to take the plunge and sign up for Facebook, a social networking community akin to MySpace.  I was amazed at how many of the people in my e-mail contacts already belonged, including a lot of nieces and nephews!  I am curious to see if this application has any useful business networking capabilities.  Right now, I am just having some fun with it, and finding it is an easy way to stay in contact with people that I ordinarily do not have the time to write to.

 If you are interested in seeing the other side of who I am, I encourage you to visit my Facebook site at: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=578991571

French Information Overload on the Internet

January 13, 2008

Over the holidays, I had the chance to browse the Internet, looking for interesting sites about Paris, or France, or just about anything that would tickle the Francophile in me.  Here are a few of the gems I found:

Paris Daily Photowww.parisdailyphoto.com  Eric Tenin tries to get a new and unique perspective on everyday life in Paris via a new photograph each day.  The results are revealing and often spectacular.

Expatica Free Audio Tours – http://www.expatica.com/fr/ext/ent_audio_tours.html

No matter if this is your first time to Paris or if you already been to France, you will always continue to learn about French culture and history, the important French monuments and the French cities. To help you increasing you knowledge without having to read tonnes of books there is a new solution: Audio Tours of France. You can find audio tours of all the cities, as well as the monuments and other interesting French sites…and all this for free!

Want to catch up on the latest in French gossip, including the “Brukozy Affair”?  Look no further than Frogsmoke.com http://frogsmoke.com, which, while dedicated to understanding the Gallic love affair with cigarettes, also provides a humorous insight into the French intrigue with all things scandalous.

Bonjour America! – Finally, a hilarous set of YouTube type videos for improving your French, written and produced with tongue in cheek by Cyrille de Lasteyrie, aka Vinvin on his website http://www.bonjour-america.com/