Christmas markets in France

France is known for its wonderful markets, but one of the best times of year to visit is during the Santa season. There are several Christmas markets throughout France, with wonderful handcrafted ornaments, gifts and food items.

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More and more brits are looking to move abroad

As many as 500,000 Brits could be leaving the UK to become expats by the end of 2009 reports Axa, one of the world’s biggest insurers. It is difficult to use forecast figures as a barometer of intent to be fair, but there is no doubt that the trend for moving abroad is increasing.

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Great price reduction on a French property in Languedoc

The lovely stone house set in 0.5 acre of garden near Narbonne (Aude departement, 11) is now a lot cheaper than it was when it first appeared on the market. Its price has been reduced from €245,000 to €196,100. 

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Location Location Location – where should I invest in France?

The choice of the country is already a difficult decision. Should I find a bargain in a country like Bulgaria or make a safe and secure investment in France?

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Why now is a good time to purchase in France

Even though everybody agrees that properties are generally not overpriced in most parts of France compared to the UK (where prices are expected to fall up to a further 30% by next year according to some analysts), we have noticed some price reductions in parts of France meaning that prices remain attractive even with the […]

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Mont St Michel vs St Michael’s mount

St Michael’s mount is often described as the jewel of Cornwall. There are always been very serious discussion in Cornwall and Normandy about who was the first one to be built. 

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Election of the best property below €300,000

The election took place at Sextant’s office in London. It wasn’t easy because there was a lot of properties in competition and we had to make 2 rounds of vote in order to find the best one.

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Investment properties in France

Yesterday, we went to the 25th birthday of a property management company in London and were told that the property investment market in France remain strong despite the current worldwide financial crisis. The property investors are mainly coming from France and Belgium. They do not have as much British investors as to last year and […]

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Is it the right time to buy in the Aude?

One of customer just bought a stone house with swimming pool in the Aude. It has 3 bedrooms and a small study room. It also comes with an outbuilding which could be converted into a small gite for the guests or to get an extra income. It was advertised at 300,000 euros. After the negotiation […]

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Be careful with house prices

My colleague noticed something very interesting this afternoon. There is a property quoted on French property news magazine at €284,714 euros when it is listed at €245,000 on Sextant website. With Sextant you just need to add the notary fees which should be around 16,300 euros (see this calculator: http://www.anil.org/fr/outils-de-calcul/frais-de-notaire/index.html). In total with Sextant the […]

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