French Property Blog: Our Voice from France

Brexit: The ‘good life’ in France remains appealing to Brits

As a British run business in France, all of us here at Leggett Immobilier share a love of this part of Europe. From the idyllic lifestyle to the fantastic climate and the beautiful affordable properties, it is no wonder it is the most visited country in the world.

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Following the results of yesterday’s referendum we continue to look forward to offering our clients the opportunity to buy property in France, with the usual high quality service that we have always offered.

Obviously we can’t predict the future, however, our agents have continued to close deals since the result was announced this morning. Coupled with this, our sales support team have been taking enquiries from clients all day and we have even had several calls from British people keen to leave the UK following the Brexit result!

British people have had a love affair with ‘the good life’ in France for decades and this is sure to continue. And it isn’t just the the the Brits. Our teams have helped many happy buyers from non EU countries to find the home of their dreams, assisting them through the purchase process and beyond.

Here at Leggett Immobilier we pride ourselves on teamwork, our family business outlook and our local knowledge. None of this has changed and we are committed to continuing to offer the very best service to our clients and vendors, as we have always done.

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Peace of mind in your French second home

A second home is a lovely luxury but will sit empty for periods of time. Getting into the habit of doing a few simple things can lessen the chance of you returning to any mishaps. Here we offer a few simple tips.

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–  Leave a key with a neighbour so that there is someone local who can get into your property if necessary
–  Tell the local mairie who you have left the key with
–  Check that your roof is watertight
–  Close all shutters are closed, and don’t block ventilation holes.
–  Ensure your insurance covers any long periods of absence
–  Have you mail collected by a neighbour or forwarded by La Poste
–  Pay your utility bills by direct debit to avoid missing payment dates
–  Of course, do not leave electrical appliances plugged in

We sell numerous French second homes to international clients. Just a few simple steps can help retain your peace of mind when you aren’t around. France remains a very community spirited country with a culture of second home ownership, so you will be sure to find someone who can help you look after yours.

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Never a better time for a second home in the Dordogne!

British Airways have launched a new flight from London City to Bergerac in the Dordogne. Long weekends in this fabulous region famed for fine wines, gourmet cuisine and historic towns have never been so easy – unless you buy a second home there too, of course… try these three for size!

This is a beautifully renovated character property in a pretty hamlet in Perigord Vert. Offers four bedrooms, separate guest quarters, on 1.4 acres.

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http://www.frenchestateagents.com/french-property-for-sale/view/64606LC24/house-for-sale-in-sarrazac-dordogne-aquitaine-france

A charming, romantic French bolthole between Bordeaux and Bergerac for less than €200k! In St Michel de Montagne, this two-bed stone cottage offers scope for expansion and a lovely terrace.

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http://www.frenchestateagents.com/french-property-for-sale/view/64454MK24/house-for-sale-in-saint-michel-de-montagne-dordogne-aquitaine-france

This three-part property close to vineyards in Sigoules would make a fabulous gite complex, with several barns offering lashings of potential for a new life in France with income stream.

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http://www.frenchestateagents.com/french-property-for-sale/view/62704KMV24/commercial-for-sale-in-sigoules-dordogne-aquitaine-france

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Cher & Indre: a Berry ripe for the picking?

As the Centre region of France rises towards the hills of the Limousin and Auvergne is the Berry region that straddles the Cher and Indre departments.
This deeply agricultural area is the true heart of France and is very well located for reaching the Alps, the Atlantic coast and Paris.

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So why else is it worth a look? Natural beauty aside, it’s got a mild climate, great golf courses, dozens of castles and it’s also famous for its food and wine – think the famous crottin de Chavignol goats cheese, truffles, wild boar – and Sancerre. Then there is the great diversity and affordability of the property. The average price of a property is €91,500 to €100,000 and you can get anything from a small stone cottage to a farmhouse, watermill, maison de maitre, or even a chateau for a very unprincely sum. All this reached by four airports, all within two hours. We have some gorgeous properties for sale in the Indre and Cher.

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The French go music crazy

The French celebrate the longest day of the year – June 21st – with a night of music-making across the country.

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Music Day – or the Fete de la Musique – is a great way to mark the start of summer and a hugely popular country-wide event with concerts and performances of every kind and size. From solo songs on street-corners, to impromptu jamming sessions in bars and cafes, to big events in theatres – the whole country unites to celebrate music together on this day. Whether reggae is your bag, classical or jazz, there’s something for suit everyone and it’s all free. It’s been going since 1976 – and officially recognised by the government since 1982. So go on, grab your guitar and get on down to the nearest village square…

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