Is Purchasing a Buy-to-Let Property in the South of France a Wise Decision?

When considering investing in a buy-to-let property in France, there are two factors that need to be established. The first being whether the property will give you a good return on your investment and the second is whether or not the property will appreciate in value. One region of France where both these factors can be achieved is in the south of the country.
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5 Regions of France to Consider Moving To

We are all familiar with regions and towns in France like Nice, Bordeaux and of course Paris. Brits have been moving over to some of the more popular areas for decades and quite rightly so. France offers so much more in the way of lifestyle, good climate and a much lower cost of living than the UK, all of which is extremely attractive.

France is a huge country and there are some lovely regions which still remain a bit of a ‘well kept’ secret. Yet these areas have a lot to offer when it comes to investing in a property. More and more British buyers are finding out about them and taking advantage of the low Euro to invest in a property in regions that were in the past less well known.

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Property Overseas – France Still More Popular Than Spain

Brits Still Love France in These Harsher Economic Times

A recent report out showed that Brits looking to buy a second home abroad still favour France over Spain, even though there have been estate tax increases on the other side of the Channel in recent times.

Ambitious home buyers don’t seem to be deterred by the ongoing Eurozone crisis either – in fact a survey carried out by HiFX Property Hotspots, shows that 23% of British people are still interested in buying a property abroad because it does still offer them the chance to pick up a bargain and this is just as true in France as elsewhere in Europe.

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French Property Retains Resale Value

Despite a drop during the first quarter of this year, French resale property prices are holding their own – in fact they have enjoyed an increase on the year’s growth. A report out from the French Property Market indicated that house prices in France remain 3.9% higher on average when compared to prices recorded last year.

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Properties in France Attract Australian Buyers

Reports out show that more and more Australians are now purchasing properties in France. There are many reasons why this trend is on the increase but one of the main ones is the strong Australian dollar. The other being the very attractive interest rates that France enjoys. These are between 2.95 and 4.4% at the moment and this has attracted Australians to invest in bricks and mortar knowing their money is safe in a country like France.

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France Still No.1 Destination For British Expats

Over the last 4 years the number of British people enquiring about moving over to France on a permanent basis has risen from 15% right up to 45%, making it one of the top destinations in Europe for Brits to purchase an overseas property.

Overseas mortgage specialists, Conti bought out a report showing France to be the top country in Europe for Brits to buy a property for the fourth consecutive year. This continuous trend of wanting to invest money in bricks and mortar on French soil reinforces the British love of France, no matter which region of the country they favour, although the report does show a tendency to stick to areas that are well known.

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The Wonderful Frenchie Bulldog

Frenchie Bulldog

Frenchie Bulldog ©Patricia Silva@flickr CC-BY

These charming little dogs with their wrinkly heads and shoulders are a favourite breed of lapdog in France and it is hardly surprising that owners all over the world love the clownish behaviour the breed is known to have. It is one little dog that has a great place in history too.

It is thought this little dog which is not dissimilar to other breeds of bulldogs, only a lot smaller and more free moving, first appeared on the scene in the 1800s. It is believed by some that lace workers who went to northern France from England bought bulldogs with them when they went there to look for work. The bulldogs the English bought with them were crossed with terriers namely pugs which is how the breed evolved to what we see today and which has charmed the entire world.

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Cartier – The Superb Jeweller and Watch Maker

Cartier Shop

Cartier Shop ©Julia@flickr CC-BY

Cartier was called the ‘Jeweller to Kings, King of Jewellers’ by the Prince of Wales and in 1902, the future King was to commission 27 tiaras for his coronation. Two years later, Cartier received the royal warrant as suppliers of the finest jewels and watches to the Royal Court of England.

Very soon royal warrants were given to Cartier by the courts of Siam, Greece, Spain, Portugal and many more including Egypt and Monaco. The jewels produced by Cartier were exceptional and much sought after by the elite and well heeled throughout the world.

Cartier was the brainchild of three brothers, Pierre-Camille, Jacques-Theodule and Louis-Joseph. All three travelled the world seeking out the finest jewellery makers of the day and the most precious materials they could discover, so that they too could create the masterpieces that we have come to know today.

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French Wimbledon Tennis Players

Gilles Simon

Gilles Simon ©Creation CARAVEO@flickr CC-BY

One of France’s top players, Gilles Simon has made a comment about women tennis players, and how they should not receive as much prize money as the men made and that remark that has caused quite a stir throughout the tennis circuit with his compatriot Marion Bartoli, criticising it as an uncalled for remark that’s upset many people in the tennis world and reopened an old debate.

Gilles Simon, who is seeded 13, claimed that women players spend less time on the court, so therefore do not merit the same prize money as the men who take part in tournaments like Wimbledon and Roland Garros. He also claimed that men’s tennis was more entertaining than women’s tennis, which is a dangerous remark to make.

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Francois Truffaut & His ‘Auteur Theory’

François Truffaut

François Truffaut

Francois Truffaut was to become one of France’s most influential film critics, but he was also a superb film producer too, being one of the founders of the French New Wave. For over 25 years he made many films that today make him an icon in the French film industry. This screenwriter, producer and actor, worked on more than twenty five films throughout his career that changed how French films were perceived throughout the world.

In 1948, Francois Truffaut started his own film club and together with Andre Bazin, a film critic and head of a film society in France, they became a force to be reckoned with. Bazin helped Truffaut in his formative years, getting him out of trouble in many ways, including when the young Francois was accused of deserting the French army.

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