Many of the properties for sale come with that key caveat. they ‘need work’. Our expert contributor shares tips for buying a property to renovate in France.
For many Australians, their first (and sometimes only) taste of France is the capital, Paris. Those taking an escorted coach tour inevitably visit the romantic city for a night or two. But the rest of France shouldn’t be forgotten, says Carolyn Schonafinger…
Plan on running a B&B or letting a gîte in the Hexagon? We’ve picked five of the most lucrative areas for businesses, with a few tips and tricks thrown in for good measure. Happy hunting! Normandy For many Brits ferrying…
With bills going up and the exchange rate to consider, buying a property in France that can double as a business premises is a popular way to make the move and keep some money coming in.
It’s heating up in the French Alps! Leading Alpine developer MGM French Properties is bracing itself for an influx of property investors this summer season as holiday-goers look for more action packed adventure from their sunny season break. Specialising in…
Most of you will have some contact with holidaymakers in France during the summer, but in case you didn’t realise what effort goes into making sure their holidays are successful, ‘a week in the life’ of a caretaker of holiday homes makes entertaining reading…
The structure is aimed at simplifying administrative formalities for the self-employed in France.
When you go on a carp fishing holiday in France, you will be preparing for your holiday for weeks if not months in advance. You have a lot to think about, from logistics and food to satnav and tackle. I…
France is one of the world’s greatest fishing destinations and it’s not surprising when you see the variety of fishing experiences you can go for: from sea to ocean and from rivers to lakes. With so much choice of types…
A writer and European policy specialist moves with his family to France to refocus their work-life balance. He now runs gîtes and chambres d’hôtes in the Lot and had his first book published.
The gîte market in France is ultra-competitive – but this doesn’t mean it is impossible to earn an income. However, to make it work you have to be committed and focused…
There are over 8,250 registered campsites in France plus a further 1,400 farm campsites or aires naturelles so knowing how to pick the campsite that is best for you can seem a bit daunting. France has almost three times more…
My cousin and I exited the A51 shortly after Manosque onto the D82, faithfully following the GPS mounted on my windshield. We were excited to be on the last leg to our vacation rental, chattering like magpies, wondering if we’d…
As the snow melts on the ski slopes a record numbers of bikes are being kept in the storage areas ready for summer in many of the new French Alpine residential developments.
Britons who have bought off-plan a ski property taking shape in the French Alpine resort of Tignes can make daily on-line checks on building progress thanks to a ‘spy-in-the-sky’.
Our growing awareness of the impact we have on our environment has led to a growing interest in eco-buildings as full-time residences. Wood is a sustainable resource and careful husbandry will allow these products to be available long after the plastic, fossil fuel created windows and doors become uneconomical.
Just a year after announcing plans to build the first ever five-star résidence de tourisme in the French Alpine ski resort of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, the developer MGM reports that Britons have already snapped up a third of the new Chamonix apartments.
For those relocating to France and looking for a business opportunity vineyards can be a very appealing option, after all they are a wine lover’s paradise. The reality of running a vineyard is that it is both rewarding and hard work. Here are our top ten tips about purchasing a vineyard…
Up-and-coming French alpine resort Val Cenis (close to the Italian border) is one of the best places to learn to ski and boasts the longest green piste in Europe.
This year all eyes will be on the Arc-de-Triomphe as the focal point of the countdown to welcome 2015. The city is planning something a little special this year, in addition to the glittering display that we are accustomed to
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.
Some years back, Vincent decided that we would drive from Paris to the south. Although the drive can be done in a day, he decided to stop for the night midway into our journey. Keeping his choice a surprise, I…
Online hire of skis and snowboards make sliving as easy as possible for ski property buyers looking for apartments in alps résidences de tourisme.
Retirement in France for a chartered accountant closed one chapter but opened an entirely new possibility. What if a whole new life unfolded?
Two scenarios to avoid. Seeking advice and guidance at an early stage of the planning application can reduce delays and cost in the renovation process.
Leading French Alpine developer MGM is ramping up its ski property construction programme to keep pace with demand for leaseback properties in ski resorts.
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.
For French residents looking to generate income from renting out gites or other investment property there are a number of different French income tax regimes applying to rented property which determine the amount of net income you will actually be…
For many years they rented gîtes in different Departments of France, but then they were ready for a home of their own they decided on a holiday home in Brittany.
It’s important to find a way to fund your French dream. However, before you rush to get a job and find yourself in the same old rat race just in a different place, why not consider working for yourself and setting up a business?
Jacqueline Davies gives an update on the state of the property market in Coastal Vendée
Health and Safety for your property in France needs to be based on a common-sense evaluation.It is about managing the level of risk involved.
A growing preference among families for self-catering accommodation in their own modern apartments.
France Media Group has completed the acquisition of FRANCE TODAY magazine. First published in 1985, France Today has consistently provided a regular diet of insider news and inspiring content about France. Under new ownership by France Media Group, France Today…
Tax reduction, strict conditions.The Loi Duflot, the new incentive for investing in buy-to-let energy efficient newbuilds.
The southern Gers region in the Midi-Pyrénées is the France of many people’s imaginations; sunflowers and gently rolling hills, medieval bastide towns and classic French farmhouses, vineyards and typical French country restaurants, rivers and lakes, castles and historic villages all of which is set against the dramatic backdrop of the Pyrénées mountains.
If you’re looking at the Paris property market as an investment opportunity rather for personal use, the French capital offers some attractive choices.
Les Chalets d’Angèle is a brand new development near the French-Swiss border built with respect for the environment
Louise Molloy travelled to France from Australia to seek a retreat for artists and writers suitable for vegetarians. She discovered tranquility, time and space in a productive environment at Atelier de la Rose.
If you’ve bought a French property in need of renovation, then it may be worth contacting the local mairie to find out if you are eligible for a grant to help cover the costs.
The popularity of Samoëns, one of the most picturesque 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.
We have just opened a small English Library for all those who want to borrow and read books in English. We want to act as a meeting point, and not just for the English speaking community. We hope to start French and English classes and conversation groups. We want to be the base for clubs – we already have a Writers’ Club and Chess Club…………
The Haute-Garonne department is one of the eight departments of the Midi-Pyrénées region in SW France and is home to both the bustling metropolis of Toulouse and a rural backdrop of undulating hills and valleys.
This is a region where there really is property to suit every taste and every budget and it is well located with a great climate, summer and winter. Much of the Ariège is within an hour of Toulouse.
When I lived and worked in Paris, coffee was the one thing that continually frustrated me. How could a country which is famous for its food and wine, serve such bad coffee? Rachel Guernier investigates.
Furnished property rentals bring many benefits but have you also thought about your obligations and the tax implications? Below you will find a brief summary of the main points you need to consider when running furnished property rentals in France.
Whilst Paris is full of hotels, ranging from exclusive to budget, it is also home to hundreds (if not thousands) of apartments that are available for short-term holiday rentals. Perhaps surprisingly, a reasonable number of these are Australian-owned.
Skiing families have endorsed the decision by French developer MGM to expand by building accommodation in lesser-known Alpine locations by snapping up new apartments off-plan.
In February 2011 Katie and her husband Greg moved from Melbourne in Australia to Eymet in the Dordogne with their three children and two dogs in tow. Here she tells FrenchEntree what prompted the move and how the family is getting on so far.
We all look forward to trying the local delicacies when on holiday in France and Nice on the French Riviera has plenty for foodies to get their teeth into!