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General election yet to deter overseas buyers, says French agent

French agent Leggett Immobilier has posted its figures for 2014, including a 43% increase in French properties sold to buyers from 33 different countries...

Favourable conditions steer UK buyers towards French ski homes

According to skiing property specialist Skiingproperty.com, conditions in the second half of 2014 have been and will continue to be favourable towards UK buyers of French ski homes...

Why Nimes is now on property searchers’ radar

By Nicola Christinger, Home Hunts Manager – Provence   Nimes is currently the hottest city to watch in France, according to Nicola Christinger, Manager of Home Hunts Provence...

Bargains to be had in Paris property market

Research by Home Hunts, the Luxury Overseas Property specialists, has shown that property prices in the 8th, 16th and 17th arrondissements of Paris are currently at their lowest for several years...

France to launch first ever property price index

France’s inaugural property price index is set to be launched this September. The LPI (Les Prix de l'Immobilier) index will be fed weekly by new transactions from a variety of different sources...

French property sellers urged to find buyer by summer

Britons looking to sell a second home in France are being urged to ramp up their efforts to find a buyer by summer, in order to benefit from a reduction in capital gains tax (CGT) that comes to an end at the end of August...

Ski chalet buyers return to France in force

After a 25% fall in France-wide property transactions following the appointment of Francois Hollande in 2012 and the introduction of his tax changes, sales are increasing, especially in the high-end ski chalet market...

Local expert gives tips on buying property in France

Nicola Christinger, Manager at Home Hunts luxury property search specialists, is responsible for the Provence region and offers some advice on how to kick-start a new, fresh and focused property search in France:   Visit If you have an area or areas in mind but have never been there then make a conscious effort to visit...

Luxury French property predictions for 2014

Tim Swannie, Director of Home Hunts, a buyers’ agent, discusses the future effects of recent tax changes on the French luxury property market and highlights a few areas in France that he believes will perform well in 2014...

Developer announces plans for new ski apartments in France

French property developer MGM, which is actively looking for new locations in which to provide holiday homes in France of the type demanded by twenty-first century skiers, has announced plans to build new homes in the Alopine resort of Les DeuxAlpes, located a one-hour drive from Grenoble Airport in the Isère département of the country...

Development starts on new French ski homes

Building work has started on a new résidence de tourisme in Valmorel, a French Alpine pedestrianised village which is popular for year-round family holidays...

French property prices fall 1.1%

Residential property prices in France declined by 1.1% in the second quarter of this year compared to the same period last year, with further price falls anticipated, according to the latest data from  Notaires...

Developer to focus on building buy-to-let homes in France

The growing popularity of year-round short breaks and long weekends in the French Alps has prompted the region’s biggest developer of residential properties to introduce greater flexibility in the way the leaseback apartments it sells are let to maximise rental incomes...

MGM to build new ski apartments in France

French property developer MGM is about to start work on the construction of a new mountain-side development at Le Roc des Tours comprising 120 apartments overlooking the ski slopes...

French capital gains tax uncertainty should appeal to buyers

Nicholas Leach at Athena Advisors says that the French government’s recent announcement regarding the changes to capital gains taxes marks the end of over a year of uncertainty since the initial changes made by President Hollande during his first months in office...

France’s improved performance

Tim Swannie, director of Home Hunts, reflects on improving French property market conditions. With low interest rates, a vastly improved capital gains tax threshold and the largest growth in GDP since 2011, France is now more than ever, one of the most popular destinations in the world for property investment...

Biggest may not be best in the French Alpine property market

Richard Deans of MGM French Properties, says despite the September’s ‘back-to-school’ feeling it’s with a slight spring in the step on both sides of the English Channel this year, The news for our economy and domestic property market is positive and in France – now out of recession – economic growth at 0...

If the Cap fits

Tim Swannie of Home Hunts reflects on some of the best places to own property along the southern French coastline...

MGM release furnished homes in France for sale

The two former show homes in MGM’s recently-completed residential development, Les Chardons Argentésin Samoëns, which form part of a three-storey chalet of just 11 apartments, have been put up for sale...

New tax incentive may kick-start French property market

President Hollande has confirmed that the exoneration period for French property capital gains tax (CGT) will go down from 30 years to 22 years from September 1st 2013...

Plans approved for France's first gay retirement village

Planning consent has been awarded for The Villages Group to construct the first ever gay retirement village in France...

Overseas buyers targeting homes in Dordogne, says agent

The Dordogne region remains the most popular area of France with overseas buyers and a safe area to invest, according to Home Hunts estate agents...

High demand for holiday homes in France

Demand for year-round holiday homes in one of the most scenic and traditional market towns in the French Alps means that all but ten of the 70 apartments built by MGM French Properties in Samoëns have been sold...

International buyers are spending more on properties in France

Despite a sharp fall in the number of French properties sold to overseas buyers, the average amount of money spent by foreigners on real estate units in France has actually increased, according to the newly released 5th edition of the BNP Paribas international buyers research report ‘Investing & Living Abroad’...

New capital gains tax relief on second home sales in France

The French government has announced a change in the capital gains tax system on second home sales in a bid to boost the French property market...

Next phase of French retreat to start this month

The next stage of the Halcyon Retreat development in Noth, central France, is due to get underway at the end of June, according to Barrasford and Bird Worldwide...

Coco Chanel’s French villa up for sale

Coco Chanel’s former French villa has been placed on the market for sale for an asking price of £34m...

French property market is a safe bet

Guy Watson-Smith, manager of Fine & Country France, explains that the French property market remains a safe investment, despite recent changes...

French property prices fall, but prime areas hold their ground

Despite the recent slowdown in the French property market, residential prices in the country’s core markets remain relatively stable, reports Athena Advisors...

Cheap finance and sensible pricing makes France attractive

Trevor Leggett, chief executive, Leggett Immobilier, says that his firm has seen a steady increase of buyers in the first quarter of 2013 attracted by the lowest mortgage rates for 65 years and sensible pricing on behalf of vendors...

French property investment levels remain stable

Around €2.5bn (£2.1bn) was invested in French commercial real estate in the first quarter (Q1) of 2013, which is level with the same period in 2012, according to Savills...

Alpine developers push end-of-season offers

Nicholas Leach, Partner at Athena Advisors, says that following a record season for ski property sales, a number of property developers in the French Alps have unveiled a range of discounts to boost sales before the official end of the season...

New homes in historic French lakeside town

Plans to develop a selection of new homes in a French Alpine location which has been inhabited for more than 5,000 years have been announced by developer, MGM French Properties...

Investors target new chalets in Val D’Isere

A collection of luxurious bespoke chalets in Val d’Isere, one of the French Alps’ most exclusive and popular resorts, has attracted a high level of interest from a diverse mix of European investors, according to French property agents Athena Advisors...

More investors turn to green offices in France

Some 79% of investment into new office stock in Ile-de-France in 2012 was for HQE (High Environment Quality) certified stock, for which the share of forward funding amounted to 73%, according to the latest research by Savills...

French ski property buyers target super-prime locations

A growing number of people are requesting ski properties in France which are located in super-prime locations, according to Athena Advisors...

Fewer new homes in France

The volume of new homes in France under construction declined by 19.6% in 2012 compared to the previous years, according to figures released by the housing ministry...

French homes to benefit from improved ski facilities

French property developer MGM expects the remaining apartments for sale in a newly-completed ski-in, ski-out résidence de tourisme in the French Alpine resort of La Rosière to be snapped up quickly following the news of major improvements to its ski slopes...

Consumer confidence in French property remains weak

    There was a sharp fall in the number of new homes in France under construction in 2012 compared to the previous year, according to fresh figures released by the housing ministry...

French properties continue to appeal to Brits

The Overseas Guides Company (OGC) saw a surge of over 40% in overseas property enquiries in 2012 with France continuing to be the most popular destination...

The value of time when investing in French property

Nicholas Leach of Athena Advisors talks about the time-saving benefits of investing in the French sale-and-leaseback system...

French property prices fall

There are increasing signs that the French property market is slowing, with the latest data provided by FNAIM, the national association of French estate agents, revealing that residential real estate values fell across many parts of the country during the third quarter of last year...

Developer to build new ski homes in France

Fifty years after building its first ski properties in the French Alps, French property developer, MGM, is still identifying new locations in which to provide holiday homes of the type demanded by twenty-first century skiers...

Club Med helps attract new French property purchasers

A new Club Med hotel which is competing for ski holiday bookings with a new MGM-built résidence de tourisme opening for business later this year is actually helping to generate apartment sales for the French property developer...

New luxury homes in France unveiled

The new development team at Château De La Durantié in the Tarn department of the Midi-Pyrénées in South West France has unveiled fresh plans for an historical belle époque style chateau and 15 hectare estate...

Full speed ahead for new French homes

With the seasonal Eurostar ski train set to start operating out of London’s St Pancras International from next week for the 186 mph ride to the heart of the French Alps, property developer MGM is inviting passengers to take a few minutes out on arrival in Bourg St Maurice to look at the brand new apartments less than five minutes’ walk from the railway station and available to buy and occupy now...

Brits eye ski properties in France

With the new ski season now upon us, many Brits are now busy organising site visits with the intention of buying a ski property in France, according to Erna Low Property...

Contemporary new homes in France

The rustic-style interiors of many of the holiday homes built in the French Alps by MGM are being replaced in its newest developments with contemporary finishes which, according to the developer, have greater appeal to today’s buyers...

New holiday homes to be launched in the French Alps

French property developer MGM will unveil its latest collection of holiday homes in the French Alps within the next few weeks ahead of the new ski season...

Strong foreign activity in French investment market – Savills

International real estate advisor Savills has recorded a strong return of foreign buyers in the French investment market so far in 2012, particularly sovereign wealth funds from the Middle East...

More high-end properties in Paris hit the market

There has been a significant increase in the number of top-end homes in France coming onto the market as high-net-worth individuals look to flee the country ahead of the introduction of a new 75% rate of income tax for the rich...

Ski slope extension could boost demand for French ski homes

French property developer MGM believe that plans to extend by 40 km the 160 km of pistes in the French Alpine ski resort of La Rosière could help to boost demand for new homes in the Haute-Tarentaise village...

New French Alpine homes snapped up in nine months

French property developer MGM has announced that it has sold all but two of its 19new holiday apartments in St Martin de Belleville in the French Alps, just nine months after launching them...

French property sales fall

House hunters seeking to buy a property in France may find that now is a good time to negotiate a good value for money deal, on the back of falling sales...

New French taxes on revenue explained

Francois Marchand from Erna Low clarifies the new tax situation in France. Once again, the information about the new taxes on properties in France has been distorted, with the national media purveying conflicting, sometimes unsubstantiated messages about the recent property tax reforms...

Build your own bespoke villa in southern France

A rare opportunity to buy plots of land on which purchasers can build their own bespoke villas in the Provence region of southern France comes on to the market this month...

New French Alpine homes ready for occupation

All but a handful of the 197 one-, two- and three-bedroom holiday homes built in Val Cenis in the Haute-Maurienne area of the French Alps by developer, MGM, have been sold and those remaining are ready for occupation now...

Plans for new homes in the French Alps

The popularity of new residential developments around Lake Annecy in the Haute Savoie region of France has prompted developer MGM French Properties to draw up plans for several other new schemes close to what has been dubbed ‘the cleanest lake in Europe...

Paris ranked top city for student property investment

Paris has narrowly beaten London to be ranked as the top spot for investors in student property , according to research by the Knight Frank...

French properties prove popular with homebuyers

There are just five new homes remaining for sale in the final phase of MGM’s development, Le Chalet des Oursons in Crest-Voland Cohennoz, a small Savoyard village tucked away in the Beaufortain Massif region of the French Alps...

Surge in French Alpine property sales

French property developer MGM has seen a significant rise in the number of Brits buying homes in France, particularly in the Alpine region...

Now is a good time to buy a retirement home in the sun

A stronger pound and heavily discounted property prices make the current economic climate ideal for British people looking to buy a home in the eurozone, particularly for those looking to retire to countries like Spain and France, according to the Overseas Guides Company (OGC)...

Mel Gibson's penthouse to be sold

An exclusive penthouse, one of the most exclusive apartments on the Côte d’Azur, which is believed to belong to Hollywood film star Mel Gibson, has been put up for sale...

French property investment opportunities

The change in governmental strategy following last weekend’s French election victory for François Hollande, the Socialist candidate, will create fresh French property investment opportunities for international investors, according to Trevor Leggett, managing director of French estate agency Leggett Immobilier...

Year-round holiday homes in France appeal to Brits

The popularity of Samoëns, one of the most picturesque traditional market towns in the French Alps, means that MGM French Properties has sold all but 18 of the 70 apartments it is building at Les Chardons Argentés, its sixth development in the town...

Weak euro is good news for Brits

The weakening of the euro’s value against sterling makes it a potentially good ideal time for Brits to invest in a property in France, according to French property specialist Sarah Bogard...

French property market tops Hotspots Report

France remains a firm favourite with British emigrates, second homebuyers and investors, according to the latest Property Hotspots Report from HiFX...

International buyers see Paris property market as a safe haven

The relatively safe nature of the Parisian property market is attracting more international buyers looking to escape political, economic and financial upheaval in their home markets, according to Chesterton Humberts estate agents...

Club Med launch new ski homes in France

Club Med has launched the second phase of its Chalet-Apartments in Valmorel, France, following high sales success of the development’s first phase, which is now 65% sold in less than a year...

Brits target property investment opportunities in the French Alps

With this year’s ‘bonus season’ well underway, British investors are taking a growing interest in the French Alps, according to ski property developer MGM...

Cheaper mortgages now available in France

Conti, the overseas mortgage specialist, is offering even lower mortgage rates for people purchasing property in France...

Invest in a French property from just £4,000

Overseas property firm Barrasford & Bird Worldwide is offering home hunters an opportunity to buy into a French property from just £4,000...

French property market buoyed by positive economic growth

Preliminary data from the INSEE national statistics office has revealed that France's GDP grew by 0...

French property success prompts more new homes

The success of the French Alpine ski apartments which form part of a new four-star leaseback development in Le Grand Bornard’s family-friendly ski resort of Le Chinaillon has prompted the developer to build another one in the village...

More Brits snap up homes in France

A growing number of Brits have taken advantage of the recent recovery in sterling’s value against the euro by purchasing properties in France, according to French developer MGM French Properties...

Greater demand for French homes in ski resorts

There has been an increase in demand for French homes in many of the country’s ski resorts thanks to abundant snowfall in recent weeks, according to French property developer Terresens...

Property market flourishes on the French Côte d’Azur

The French Riviera ranks amongst the most stable second home markets in Europe, with the upper market segment in particular characterised by a level of demand that remains consistently high, according to Engel & Völkers, which recently opened a flagship office in Cannes on the Rue des États-Unis...

Brits attracted to properties in France

Brits now make up 15% of all expatriate buyers purchasing properties in France, while French buyers living abroad account for almost a third of all overseas originated property purchases, a report produced by Credit Foncier shows...

New French homes prove popular with homebuyers

French property developer MGM’s decision to expand by developing homes in lesser-known Alpine locations appears to be paying off, after the company reported that homebuyers are snapping up new apartments off-plan...

Surge in Swiss enquiries for homes on the French Alps

An influx of investment from across the border has returned property prices in the French Alps back to the levels seen before the crash of 2008, according to Alpine-Property, an independent estate agent operating in the Haute Savoie...

Brits snap up homes in France

No fewer than 50 of the 60 apartments at MGM’s new Le Grand Coeur development in Bourg St Maurice have now been sold, with 10 of them going to Britons...

New capital gains tax on holiday homes in France

As of the 1st of February 2012 the laws regulating the capital gains calculation on secondary homes and holiday homes in France will change...