Despite 4,000 euros a month, this family cannot buy a house near Bordeaux

In Bordeaux, Cédric and Leslie, parents of two children, are fighting for a place to live.
In Bordeaux, Cédric and Leslie, parents of two children, are fighting for a place to live. (© Odyssey Films)

This Sunday, April 3, 2022, from 9:10 p.m. M6 transfer a number exclusion zone justified “Low wages and high inequalities: The demise of a middle class”. This report features a Gironde family who are struggling to find decent housing.

“Cédric and Leslie may have won €4,000 per month, they feel impoverished. They are parents of two children and live in a village in 25 kilometers from Bordeaux. Tenants, you have to leave your house now, but where to? Probably even further away from their place of work,” the program introduces.

In this case, this couple moved in in their 40s Gironde in 2019, more precisely at Saucatsfollowing a professional transfer from Mr. As manager in the construction trade, he left Seine-et-Marne with his small family, where they owned a large house in the country, to take up a new post in Pessac.

victim of housing inflation

“In the beginning we decided to be tenants. We didn’t know the area at all and after we moved I had to find a job,” says Leslie, who works in the insurance industry.

Since then, this 42-year-old woman has found a job in Mérignac, in the same geographic area as her husband, and the family are now looking to buy a home to settle permanently in south-west Bordeaux, but real estate inflation is thwarting their plans The invoice.

“If we had known, we would have bought it when we arrived three years ago. In the meantime, prices for Saucats have risen significantly. We can no longer afford a standard house for a family of four with a small garden. Properties that sold for 300,000 euros have risen to 350,000 euros,” Leslie despairs.

Surely there are worse things… According to a report published in 2022 by the Abbé Pierre Foundation, more than four million people in France are poorly housed or not housed at all.

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“There’s nothing more we can do”

But while she was the owner in Ile-de-France for years, the mother saw this new situation as a downgrade. “We can no longer do anything for medium-sized companies. Buying a house has also become too expensive. We work to pay, to pay, and we never profit. We can’t have fun,” she says.

Of course, the solution would be to move away from Bordeaux to get the prices more in line with their budget, but the couple flatly rejected that possibility: “In three years we had time to build a life in Saucats. How do you explain to our daughter that she has to change universities when she has just made friends here? »

As a result, the family is waiting for property prices to fall again. “We’re not making any progress at this point. Since the banks only follow us for a mortgage if we have a large deposit and no other loan at the same time, we refrain from buying a new car. Even if he has 200,000 kilometers on the clock…”

Actually, the mother of the family really wants to become a landlady again in order to anticipate the future, to listen to her: “When we see what pensions we are entitled to, I say to myself: ‘If so, I’m still a tenant at 65, what will I become? ” I’m worried about it… “

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