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Alistair Lockhart

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Property Director @ FrenchEntrée

Articles by Alistair Lockhart

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Property Update: Practical Advice for French Property Buyers

Alistair Lockhart, FrenchEntrée’s Property Director, shares some thoughts on how French Property buyers can make their lives – and their relationship with their estate agents – easier: I first got involved with French property in 2004, when my wife and

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How Does France Treat Mortgages for the over 60s?

With the current economic turmoil due to both Brexit and Covid-19, many UK mortgage brokers have continued to be accused of being ‘ageist’. This is because many are lowering their maximum age limits on traditional mortgage lending for an older borrower

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Property Update: 6 Gorgeous French Manor Houses

Forget ‘to the manor born’ – live your best life in South West France by owning one of these wonderful manor houses! Gironde €659,600 Dating from 1884, this Manor House is situated in a peaceful environment with views of the

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Property Update: “What Is the Market like at the Moment?”

This is probably the most asked question about the French property market. Typically my response would be, “Oh, you know, pretty steady…”. The French property market is historically very stable. Dare I say, even unexciting. In 2020 though, when all

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6 French Properties with Incredible Views

One of the most common requirements from prospective buyers is that they want to own a property in France is, “must have nice views”. This week we have a look at some wonderful French properties for sale with views to

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Property Update: 16 Useful Tips for Buying in France

Our experts and selected estate agency partners reveal their top French property search tips, to help you find your new home in France. Knowing where you want to buy is very important. France is a huge and varied country and

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How has COVID-19 affected the French Mortgage market?

We continue to be contacted daily by prospective British and International French property buyers to understand what their borrowing capacity is in France. In short, the mortgage market has constricted slightly since the pandemic and ensuing lockdown, but brokers and

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Are Interest-Only Mortgages Available in France?

We’ve spoken to several clients over the last few weeks who are keen to understand more about interest-only mortgages in France. In many countries, including the UK, an interest-only mortgage is a cost-effective way to borrow, and works particularly well

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Mortgage Update: Refinance to Take Advantage of Cheap Finance

With relatively stable property values in France (which have not fluctuated wildly in much of France since the 2008 credit crisis), record-low borrowing rates and long-term fixed products, we are seeing many of our enquiries relating to remortgaging or debt

Property Update: Using your lockdown time wisely

To say that 2020 has been a rollercoaster for the our marketplace would be a serious understatement. At the start of the year we witnessed the release of all that pent-up Brexit-related demand from British buyers, along with the usual

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A Letter from Our FrenchEntrée Property Team

Dear FrenchEntrée Clients, Members and Readers, In these unprecedented times, with Coronavirus impacting on all of our personal and professional lives, we hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe. We also wanted to let you know

Types of Mortgages in France

As I’m sure you know, there are a fair few different types of mortgages in France. Below, we run through the most popular options to help you find out which is better suited to your project. We have a dedicated mortgage team who can help you turn your dream of buying a French property into a reality.