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Thursday 15 September 2016

French property is back ... but prices in the country continue to fall

Post-Brexit media are having a field day with the news that property prices are stalling in the UK while continuing to rise in France and Germany.

They are only half right: outside of Paris and some other big towns, prices are continuing to slide in rural France. Especially for the sort of 'lifestyle' properties that refugees from post-Brexit Britain covet.

Only last week I had a visitor over from the UK looking at a fine gite business in the Aude. The price was €750k (reduced from an initial offer of €850k). The buyer pointed out that one of the roofs would have to be re-tiled and that the whole place needed refreshing. Without further bidding the owner lopped another €100k off the price, there and then. The buyer remained nonplussed. Not enough.

It's a buyers' market.

Tuesday 20 March 2012

What is a 'cheap' property?

Does 'cheap' merely mean 'affordable without a mortgage' or something more complicated ... when talking about French property prices?

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Monday 12 March 2012

Making French property pay for itself

In the good old days people would buy cheap French property and do it up themselves, or with the help of a bunch of mates with white vans. This still goes on but the costs are higher and the advantages lesser.

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Wednesday 22 February 2012

The Irish are not buying property in France anymore.

Here are some pretty terrible statistics relating to the Irish and their property-buying habits.

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Tuesday 21 February 2012

Exploding radiators, boilers and towel rails

Anybody with property in France should read this. There are lessons for us all!

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Monday 6 February 2012


The 'village house' - in French property-speak, is something special. And it is something you're more than likely to find in the Cheap French Property website.

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Thursday 2 February 2012

French elections cause paralysis

Elections in France are on fixed dates, just like the United States. So everyone knows that on April 22nd the French elect their new president. But, despite being known in advance - which ought to reassure voters - it has the opposite effect: it paralyses them.

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