If your French property dreams revolve around renovating a Provence farmhouse or purchasing an old château in the heart of the countryside, it’s time to broaden your horizons! From new-build properties to holiday home investments—there are plenty of exciting new ways to purchase property in France. Here are a few that you might not have thought of.
1. 5-in-1 Holiday Homes
If you can’t decide between the French Riviera or the Tuscan hills and want to reap the benefits of a holiday home without the hassle, co-ownership might be the perfect option for you. August Collections are a Brexit-proof, UK first, co-ownership model (and far-removed from the problem-ridden ‘time share’ idea!), and offer the opportunity to invest in a collection of five beautifully designed and fully renovated homes in enviable locations around Europe.
For an investment lower than the price to buy just one of the properties, you’ll co-own multiple holiday homes worth up to €4,900,000, depending on the collection. You’ll have access to the properties for around 12 weeks each year, with plenty of space for your family and guests, plus all the renovations, maintenance, and management of the properties will be taken care of. It’s a whole new concept in European real estate – find out more here.
2. Self-Build Homes
There are many benefits to purchasing a new build property in France (energy efficiency, low maintenance costs, a 10-year guarantee on all structural work… do we need to go on?). Not to mention the opportunity to design and customise your perfect property. Atlanta Constructions take it one step further with their recently launched new self-build premium steel kit homes.
“They are architecturally designed and a great option for those looking to build their own property – anywhere in France costing from €52,000. You can design your own energy-efficient home and personalise your interiors with many models to suit all requirements. We can help you find your plot, seek planning permission and provide on-site help and tutorials during the construction.” Find out more here.
3. Virtual Viewings
Whether you have your heart set on a charming Dordogne villa or want to snap up an apartment in Paris – one thing that all estate agents agree on is that the French property market is moving faster than ever right now. Now more than ever, it’s essential to move quickly when you find your dream property, but with international travel at the mercy of the pandemic, it presents a real challenge for foreign buyers.
The good news is that many estate agents are now offering virtual viewings, allowing you to get a jump on the property viewing process from the comfort of your own home (and your home country). Not only does it give you a chance to explore the property and its surroundings in far greater detail than a photo can provide, but it can be a practical way to save both time and money during the search phase. Anthony Bryan from Beaux Villages explains the process in the above video, and he tells us how, although it’s always recommended to visit a property in person, it is also possible to buy a French property even if you can’t make it to France.
Looking to buy in France in 2022?
As 2021 draws to a close, we asked our team of FrenchEntrée partners and experts – including estate agents, currency exchange specialists, and mortgage advisors – what they expect for the year ahead. Read their 2022 French property market predictions, and find out their top tips for buying in France in 2022.
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