Market commentators tend to speak in such generalisations that the conversations are meaningless. It's the same in the UK of course - try telling someone in Burnley that their market bears any relation at all to that of London & the south east.
So if the notaires or FNAIM feel that prices are going to fall by between 2-5% this year then good for them.
What is of far more importance to my clients and I is the gap between "sticker price" (what you'll see a house for in an agents window) and "selling price" (what it actually sells for). Other than keeping your ear to the ground and relying on local gossip then these stats are impossible to come by.
I'm not going to give away any client secrets here but certainly the deals we have been striking have seen a pretty big gap between the two. Indeed I wrote an article on pretty much this subject in the last issue of FrenchEntrée magazine. I have copied the article below in its entirety as I think it's an important issue....far more important than whether prices across the country have gone up or down a point or two!