Sunday, 27 September 2015

Ad'AP deadline 27 September 2015

An increasing number of properties on our books are ideal for business use, either because they are already established, or have the potential to generate an annual income.

A new legislation in France is currently coming into force that requires all public venues to be accessible. Art galleries, shops, hotels and other buildings listed as an ERP (établissement recevant du public) will need to comply, which might mean structural changes need to be carried out within the coming year.

There has, however, been some ambiguity over how this law applies to smaller establishments; Bed and Breakfasts, Holiday Gites and Villas, and those business properties with 4 bedrooms or less.

Today (27 September) is the deadline for submitting a dossier to your mairie to demonstrate compliance.

All properties and businesses differ, so if in any doubt and to avoid any later penalties, contact the Prefecture for your department to find out how this legislation may apply to you.

Further reading:

An article on this topic can also be seen in French:

Properties for sale with business potential:

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Les Montgolfiades 2015

Rocamadour is a stunning commune in the Lot department of south west France set in a gorge above a tributary of the River Dordogne.

It is a popular destination for visitors and pilgrims, not just for its incredible location, but for its historical monuments and its sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The sacred city also gives its name to Rocamadour, a small goat's milk cheese with AOC status.

Today was the annual hot air balloon festival 'Les Montgolfiades', attracting participants from all over Europe. Watching the balloons rise up from the foot of Rocamadour is truly breathtaking!

Rocamadour earlier today

Image © Andrew Cave - published with special permission

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Discovering Beaulieu sur Dordogne

Beaulieu sur Dordogne, known locally as the Limousin Riviera, since it has a softer micro-climate than some parts of the Corrèze further north. Beaulieu is a medieval town, originally dominated by its great abbey of St Pierre, of which only the abbey church remains, but is a popular attraction.

As is evident from the name, the town sits alongside the River Dordogne, and in the summer months it is possible to take a “Gabarre” for a river trip along the Dordogne. There is a busy weekly market and every 1st & 3rdFriday of the month a large foire, when local producers sell their fruit, vegetables, cheeses and of course the Limousin beef. The town is famous for its strawberry production, culminating each year in a festival, with the largest tart in the world, and a day of activity. Locally, there is also a lot of walnut production, and a special sweet wine, “Vin Paillé”, which is something of a cross between a sherry and a port.

In the town, there is a good mix of independent shops, several bars, restaurants and hotels, plus a tourist office, (with guided tours), and even a museum.

At virtually the southern most point of the department, within 3 Km you actually pass into the Lot (Midi Pyrenees). Within 30 minutes, it is possible to visit no fewer than 6 of the “Plus Beaux Villages de France”, Collonges-la-Rouge, Turenne, Curemonte, Autoire, Carennac and Loubressac, each with its own special charm and character.

Brive is the nearest large town, and airport. Flights to London City and Stansted. Easy access from the north of France via the A20 autoroute, free between Paris and Brive, a legacy of when Chirac was president!

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Why the fuss about exclusivity?

Exclusive mandats for French property: at Allez-Français that's over 10% of the property portfolio (a percentage that is growing).

So why the fuss about exclusivity?
First of all, unlike the UK market which is principally "sole agency", the French market is driven by "simple mandats" which are effectively multi agency. For this reason, almost all properties are on the market with 4 or 5 agencies, (sometimes even more), and because all agencies have different fee structures, the house tends to appear in advertisements at many different prices.

So what are the advantages to the respective buyer or seller of the AF approach?

Benefits to buyers : 

No confusion: You do not have to trawl through websites seeing the same property marketed at different prices. Because only one agent is dealing with the sale, we will always know exactly what the true position is.   In contrast, on multiple agency cases, the seller (and their agent), often do not advise other agencies.

Better visibility: With an exclusive mandat we can disclose the exact location with GPS coordinates and Google Earth street view images before commiting to a viewing.

Benefits to sellers : 

Faster sales: Because we have full control over the sale, we can manage the advertising / marketing of the property more effectively. We are more inclined to use For Sale boards, which can attract viewings. Having the property advertised at just one price results in a more consistent and professional approach. We can also invest more time in our photography and advertising for the property.

We have proven during 2014 & 2015 that houses listed in exclusivity sell faster than multiple agency houses.

Today we have 30 exclusive properties on offer, out of around 250 houses listed, with prices ranging from 150,000 up to 995,000 € for houses.    Take a look at our website page

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

French Property Exhibition

The French Property Exhibition last weekend was a great success. This annual event is a key date in the diary for anyone interested in purchasing property in France. Christian Perron, Director of attended the show on Saturday and helped share information about Allez-Francais properties to many visitors on that day.

The numbers attending the show were as expected, with people seriously looking to invest in French property, or make the move back to France.

Value for money is high on any purchaser's list, but our partnership with Foremost Currency Group helps ensure that even more money can be saved when transferring funds, which in turn maximises any budget when it comes to arranging viewings.

So now the show is over we have many enquiries to follow-up.

Allez-Francais has a special reward in place for clients that purchase a property priced over 250,000€ too, so we are looking forward to a busy autumn of finding and selling!

If you would like to know more about our reward packages, please contact me

Friday, 18 September 2015

Sunday, 6 September 2015

A Place in the Sun: Birmingham 25-27 Sept 2015

A Place in the Sun Live at the NEC Birmingham 25th-27th September is a great place to start or continue your search for property in France.

There is also a chance to meet the stars of the TV show, Amanda, Jasmine, Jonnie and Laura who are on stage throughout the weekend and available to answer your questions. And why not audition to be part of the next TV series?

For lots of advice and fantastic properties come along and see what it’s all about.

For more information and to book your tickets for the show please visit

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Amazing new property opportunity

A new property opportunity has just been released at the Halcyon Retreat Golf and Spa Resort in the spectacular French Lake District.

With a minimum 7% fixed rental returns for 10 years, this magnificent opportunity won’t be around for long and is very much a first come, first served chance to own a property in one of the most exciting premier resorts in France.

  • Property completed within 12 months
  • Enjoy great returns and family holidays every year
  • 150% developer assisted resale available
  • FREEHOLD PRICE £330,000

A 2-bedroom apartment & a superb holiday home investment