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Brit buyers bounce back

The latest survey of overseas buyers of second homes in France carried out by bankers BNP using data supplied by Notaries from across the country paints a mixed picture of the health of the French property market, but puts the Brits firmly back in pole position as buyers.

Exclusive development in Annecy with shopping and sailing on the doorstep

Exclusive development in Annecy with shopping and sailing on the doorstep

Shopping and sailing are on the doorstep of exclusive new homes to be built in the heart of the historic French lakeside town of Annecy.

A French holiday home near the golf course and the ski slopes

A French holiday home near the golf course and the ski slopes

Plans for a small exclusive residential development for year-round use in the French Alps have been unveiled by the UK office of the region’s leading developer, MGM French Properties.

Why plans for new Alpine ski apartments in Les Carroz really are ‘tip-top’

Why plans for new Alpine ski apartments in Les Carroz really are ‘tip-top’

French Alpine developer MGM describes its plans for a brand new residence de tourisme in the ski resort of Les Carroz d’Araches as ‘tip-top’ for good reason.

€100 million investment underlines confidence in French Alpine property market

€100 million investment underlines confidence in French Alpine property market

Work is getting underway on the final phase of a massive €100 million investment in order to create 130 more brand new apartments in what have proved to be three of the French Alpine ski resorts most likely to appeal to British tastes, it is announced this week by the region’s leading property developer, the MGM Group.

New apartments take shape in France's oldest 'gastronomic' ski resort

New apartments take shape in France's oldest 'gastronomic' ski resort

Work is well underway on the creation of a brand new residence de tourisme of ski-in, ski-out apartments available to buy on a leaseback basis in the heart of the village ski resort of Montgenèvre at an altitude of 1,850 metres in the Southern Alps.

Success of French Alpine engineering feat prompts an encore

Success of French Alpine engineering feat prompts an encore

A French property developer which six years ago stunned its rivals by acquiring a near-vertical rock face on the side of a mountain in the French Alps and announcing plans to build more than 130 apartments on it is about to perform an encore.

Summer season boosts overseas mortgage enquiries by 62%

It appears that more and more of us are seeking a little slice of life overseas, with Conti, the overseas mortgage specialist, experiencing a 62 per cent surge in mortgage enquiries during August, its busiest month so far this year.

Brits want sport and adventure while abroad

Brits want sport and adventure while abroad

Far from spending their days sunning themselves on the beach in a state of almost stupor-like relaxation, it appears that British holidaymakers are demanding more and more from their holidays.

Changes to ownership rules set to boost French property sales

The recent government announcement detailing a reduction in the qualifying period of ownership from 30 years to 22 years for property sellers to now be eligible for exemption from real estate capital gains tax is expected to boost sales volumes in the French property market, thinks euro mortgage brokers Offshoreonline.org.

Everest boosts interest in the French Alpine property market

Everest boosts interest in the French Alpine property market

Publicity about this year’s sixtieth anniversary of the ascent of Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay may have reawakened interest in the allure of snow-capped mountains, explaining why this promises to be a busy summer for companies selling properties in the French Alps.

France and Spain still top choices for overseas property investment

There’s still a healthy appetite for homes overseas from the British public, with the traditional locations of France and Spain still topping the hotspot lists, according to an overseas property report from BuyAssociation.

‘Grandlords’ up 11% as older people rent properties to fund retirement

‘Grandlords’ up 11% as older people rent properties to fund retirement

It’s a fact, we’re living longer. Average life expectancy in the UK is now 80 years according to the World Health Organisation (2010) and with better standards of living and medical advances, this is only going to increase.

Apartments replace redundant Alpine hotels

Apartments replace redundant Alpine hotels

French Alpine developer MGM is breathing new life into former ski resort hotels whose heyday has passed, thanks to the growing preference among families for self-catering accommodation in their own modern apartments.

Live for less in the Languedoc

Live for less in the Languedoc

Recent census data has shown that one in six people in England and Wales are now aged 65, the highest proportion ever recorded at this age and a trend we will continue to see in the coming years.