Monday, 11 February 2019

February - the month of romance

February – the month of romance, with Valentine’s Day falling on Thursday 14th. Is this going to be the month that we can help you fall in love with one of our French properties for sale?

We certainly have a great selection, currently over 175 properties on the site, of which 58 are on Exclusive mandats with our agency. Explore the website to see what has changed since you last browsed.

This month is also a great time to view, with the temperatures and the light quality at its worst. No doubt about it, if you like a property in February, you will love it when bathed in sunshine in the summer months.

Constantly in our focus, at the moment, is the Brexit scenario. Obviously it impacts significantly for UK buyers, and the £ enjoyed a mini revival until 29th January and the MPs votes on the various amendment proposals in Parliament. But also, Europe is massively involved, although the consequences for the EU nations of Britain crashing out are not as harsh as they would be for the UK.

On the subject of a referendum, there is talk in France of the Loire Atlantique region to rejoin Brittany. The Government has been asked to consent to a public vote. I hope they know what they are letting themselves in for ....

The PUMA was designed to replace the Couverture Maladie Universelle (CMU) but it goes further in that it is compulsory for any French tax resident who is not affiliated to mainstream French social security or that of another territory for health purposes. The contribution applies to all investment income (revenus du patrimoine) at a rate of 8% after an annual allowance of €9,933 (2018) per person.

Saturday, 26 January 2019

Why now is the time to spring clean your agents !

Spring – is known as the season of rebirth, revitalisation and regeneration. It’s a time of the year where clean-ups and clear-outs are popular. It’s called a spring clean for a reason, after all.

Whilst we are still in January, Spring is appearing on the horizon, and you should start forward planning. Why?

The property market tends to be better in the Spring, and hopefully we will soon have Brexit and its associated problems behind us.

As we march onwards deeper into 2019 many of you should be asking if you are getting the best from your estate agents?

Being with several agents may appear to be the sensible option, and "widening" your chances of a sale. But the statistics actually suggest the opposite. Working with an agent on a sole agency (or Exclusive mandat) generally ensures a faster sale and achieves a higher price.

Our agency is consistently selling more properties that we have in exclusivity in comparison to "simple" mandats where there are a number of competing agencies.

Your property is unique - so why devalue the property by offering the property to a number of agents, who then advertise the property at varying prices (because of their different fee structures), and use a mixed bag of images, (some bad and some truly awful).

Far better to entrust your sale to one top notch agency who will present your property professionally, invest via their marketing budget, to achieve a sale as quickly as possible for the best possible price.

We await your call, or e-mail us at for more details.