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The Orne department: Inside secrets of the “horse country”

Perhaps you’ve dreamt of being a horse whisperer like Robert Redford’s character in the eponymous film… In any case, horses are surely some of the most beautiful animals you’ll see in a French field! But you don’t need to be a farmer or be specialised in animal livestock to cope with starting up a horse-related business. In France, many people in the countryside with a keen interest in equestrian activities benefit from their extensive land by buying some horses…

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Sextant makes its debut on the small screen!

Sextant Properties is coming to a screen near you! Two of our properties in the Poitou-Charentes region appeared in a recent episode of the popular Channel 4 series A Place In The Sun. With the help of presenter Sara Damergi, the Place In The Sun team and our very own superstar agent

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Why now really is the right time to buy your French Home?

Do you have the dream to buy a stone house in the French countryside or a modern villa on the French Riviera? This is the right time to buy in French property: prices having fallen everywhere in France.
We have updated our property price guides on Sextant’s website using the latest data from the French notaire database (equivalent to the Land registry in the UK).
Overall prices of resale houses have slightly decreased over the past 3 years (there was a peak in 2008 and 2011). At the moment prices are still 10% below the previous peak. By comparison to the UK where prices are already above 2008 peaks, i.e. 6.71% in Wales, 3.58% in Scotland and last but not least +32.44% in Greater London (according to Zoopla data). If you own a house in London you are most likely to be a millionaire so why not scale down in the UK and buy a buy a good value property in France? Click here to see the prices trends by region

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The ‘Ile de Beauté’: follow in the footsteps of Honoré de Balzac

In March 1838, the celebrated French novelist and playwright Honoré de Balzac stayed in Bastia, Corsica. Today, the character building he stayed in is listed as a Historical Monument and now is the time to seize your chance to own a piece of history! Relive Balzac’s moments in Corsica

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Le Marathon du Médoc: the French wine race

Save the date! On 13th of September, thousands of thirsty runners will compete in the 30th edition of the Marathon du Médoc. The 26 mile course runs through prestigious vineyards where competitors will enjoy … red wine stops

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French Wine & Food feasts this September in Paris

This month, two wine and French food feast are planned in Paris. Take the occasion to discover new tastes! Mind the details below:

For 4 whole days, wine and food lovers are invited to the “Sea & Vine & Gastronomy” fair to taste and to chat about great food and alcohols.

Between the 5th and the 8th of September

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French mortgage interest rates reach new low

Interest rates have fallen by 38 basis points from the beginning of the year, for the new-build housing market (2.67 % now compared to 3.08 % in December 2013), the existing housing market (2.69 % now and 3.08 % in December) and also the renovation work market (2.73 % and 3.12 % in December). This is the first time since the late 1940s taht mortgage interest rates have reached (and stayed at) such low levels.

(2.67 % now compared to 3.08 % in December 2013), the existing housing market (2.69 % now and 3.08 % in December) and also the renovation work market (2.73 % and 3.12 % in December).

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What are the most expensive seaside resorts in France this summer?

Sextant market research team has carried out a study to find out the most expensive holiday destinations this year by analysing the average price of hotel rooms.

In the ranking of the 20 most expensive resorts

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How to choose your second home?

Do you want a lovely house by the sea or a charming chalet in a ski resort? Will you use your second home for several months of the year or just a few weeks? Here is some advice to help you to find your future second home in France.
How often do you plan to use your second home?

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Changes in the French mapping system: from 22 to 13 regions

On Wednesday 23rd July 2014, the French government voted in favour of a bill to reduce the number of regions down to 13. The proposal was surprisingly adopted by MPs with a score of 261 votes against 205.
Currently there are 22 regions in France but from January 2015 there will be 13 regions. 7 mergers are expected and 6 regions will remain unchanged.

What are the expected mergers?

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