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For those of you who are seduced by the idea of a property renovation project, let’s take a quick look at the main factors to bear in mind if you choose to finance it with a French mortgage.
Staying in a real home on your holiday through a home exchange is so much nicer and more authentic than staying in a hotel. Your French property is the doorway to a myriad new experiences.
The dream of a place in the sun may become just a little bit more expensive with a proposed increase on taxe d’habitation on holiday homes in France.
For many of us owning a holiday home is a dream, and if that dream becomes a reality it is imperative you ensure you have adequate insurance to protect your home and investment. You will also have to comply with…
Every home in France must be equipped with an independent smoke alarm (DAAF Détecteur avertisseur autonome de fumée) by March 8, 2015 at the latest. The DAAF has to comply with the norm NF EN14604 or CE EN14604 and can…
A new eight-page guide to the purchase of a French property on a leaseback basis has been published in English by one of the country’s leading developers, MGM French Properties.
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Sally Stone of Les Bons Voisins explains how her successful franchise business looking after people’s French property started, and provides invaluable advice to those wishing to start their own business in France
As with your full-time home, your second home will need to be connected up to all the utilities, and perhaps the internet and TV
Sally and Meryn Stone belong to a network acroos France looking after second homes …
Sally tells us about her life so far in France ….
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The former Chateau of the Comtesse de Segur, famous writer of children’s books in the 19th Century, is certainly an appropriate place for a 21st Century writer to live. Genevieve Brame, author of ‘Living and Working in France – Chez Vous En France’, is fortunate to have an appartment in the chateau grounds in the lovely Normandy countryside. I was fortunate to spend a pleasant lunch with her and to take the opportunity to ask her what advice she would give to second home owners in France.
I’ve been with Nigel for eight years; married for the past two and a half, second marriages for both of us. We loved France and Germany and romanticised about living abroad, a little ‘Pie in the Sky’ venture, possibly a restaurant or a B&B. It was a nice day dream -then we had a bombshell.
A holiday home in France is a great idea but like all good things, it takes some planning and a little effort to make it work. Here are a few practical tips to help you get the most out of your maison secondaire
Old timers… that is they have had a second home in France for some time …! Pam and David Tillotson tell us about their 15 years of being maison secondairers…
I apologise to Voltaire for using his famous quote from Candide! It is a phrase we often use when thinking about France and getting away from the hustle and bustle of London. Not that we don’t have a garden in London – a standard 90 footer in fact- but in Normandy we have acquired three quarters of an acre. It is popularly called in our family the Fantasy Field ….
One thing is certain when looking for a maison secondaire …you can get really carried away with the choice of properties … and even more their POTENTIAL. When we were really seriously starting to discuss what we could do with a vast mill complex, I realised that it just had to stop. Doing it up would be a lifetime’s work. Doing it up at about 6 weeks a year would take longer than a lifetime …
You would think that one home is enough for anyone, but owning a second home has been a popular dream for generations. Many may be content with a caravan by the sea, but for a growing number that it just not enough …they want a house or apartment and they want it in France. But before you jump in your car and head off to estate agents, stop and think. What do you really want? Will it be a delight …or a millstone?