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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.

New homes planned in Annecy ideal for Brits working in Geneva

New homes planned in Annecy ideal for Brits working in Geneva

Plans to build state-of-the-art new homes in a French Alpine location which has been inhabited for more than 5,000 years have been announced by the region’s leading developer, MGM French Properties.

Rare chance to buy a new chalet in French Alpine property hotspot

Rare chance to buy a new chalet in French Alpine property hotspot

Just on the market in what is said to be one of the property hotspots of the French Alps is a brand new luxurious new five-bedroom, five-bathroom detached chalet.

France still favourite with Brits buying abroad

France still favourite with Brits buying abroad

France has rubber-stamped its position as the UK’s favourite place to buy overseas property, attracting the largest share of enquiries into information provider The Overseas Guides Company (OGC) for each quarter of 2012.

New French Alpine holiday homes with contemporary feel

New French Alpine holiday homes with contemporary feel

The rustic-style interiors of many of the holiday homes built in the French Alps by MGM are being replaced in its newest developments with contemporary finishes which, according to research, have greater appeal to today’s buyers.

Brits flock to France in search of the good life

Brits flock to France in search of the good life

One in seven British citizens living overseas said they would stay abroad for "the favourable cost of living" according to a new report conducted by the Home Office with the majority of British emigrants "making a lifestyle choice" rather than moving primarily for work.

Rare opportunity to buy plot and build bespoke golf villa in Provence

Rare opportunity to buy plot and build bespoke golf villa in Provence

A rare opportunity to buy plots of land on which purchasers can build their own bespoke villas in the Provence region of southern France comes on to the market this month.

Buyer demand prompts early start on new Alpine development

Buyer demand prompts early start on new Alpine development

Demand for year-round holiday homes being built by MGM in the traditional farming village and ski resort of Les Carroz d’Araches in the Grand Massif area of the French Alps is so strong that the company has brought forward plans to construct more on another site nearby.

Will Brits be hit by French tax hike on holiday homes?

Andy Scott, premier account manager at foreign currency brokers HiFX, comments on the French tax hike on holiday homes.

Last chance to buy a new property in Crest-Voland Cohennoz

Last chance to buy a new property in Crest-Voland Cohennoz

The last chance to buy one of the new homes being built in what is said to be one of the most beautiful mountain settings in Europe, just 90 minutes by road from Geneva Airport, is announced by MGM French Properties.

French farmland growing more attractive

French farmland growing more attractive

Trevor Leggett, managing director of leading French estate agency Leggett Immobilier, comments about the comparison of farmland prices in the UK and France:

Year-round holiday homes in the French Alps

Year-round holiday homes in the French Alps

The popularity of Samoëns, one of the most picturesque traditional market towns in the French Alps, means that MGM French Properties has sold all but 18 of the 70 apartments it is building at Les Chardons Argentés, its sixth development in the town.