The pandemic has relaunched the demand for houses in the countryside, cottages and farmhouses in the provincial areas, in the villages and in small municipalities with an increase in searches equal to 29% compared to the pre-Covid period, a figure which clearly indicates a new market trend.

The desire for open spaces exploded after the lockdown with a surge in July, perhaps a prelude to a rebound in real estate sales in the autumn period.

The countryside of Brescia and Alessandria are among the most sought-after areas.

By concentrating the analysis on the reference areas as regards the offer of rustic properties, requests have more than tripled in the provinces of Brescia (268%) and Alessandria (241%). On the other hand, requests have more than doubled in the province of Asti (181%), Verona (129%), Viterbo (123%) and Brindisi (100%).

In the other 28 provinces monitored, only 9 recorded a cooling of the market, all the others recorded increases from Florence (98%) to Matera where the interest of buyers remained unchanged compared to the pre-Covid period.

According to Vincenzo De Tommaso of idealista’s Research Department: “The increasingly massive use of smart working is pushing many people to rethink their housing needs after the lockdown, so rural properties have seen a surge during the spring and summer. Small towns could be a valid alternative to ensure a high standard of liveability thanks to large and open spaces, at much lower prices than large cities “.