French Property Blog: Our Voice from France

French farm prices are starting to rise, say SAFER …

The French rural land agency SAFER announced an increase of approximately 3% in the price of agricultural land during 2014. The price varied slightly depending on use and location of the land. Not including vineyards, the most expensive type of land to buy was arable land, which averaged €6,810 per hectare last year, while meadow land was €4,390 per hectare.

From a regional angle, you might be surprised to know that Pas-Nord-de-Calais was the most expensive region, averaging €13,400 per hectare and Franche Compté being the least expensive. However, there are of course substantial differences in prices between departments and sometimes even within the departments. While the average price for farmland in the Languedoc was €5,600, in the Pyrenées Orientales it was €12,000 per hectare. SAFER noted that between 2006 and 2008, a total of 74,000 hectares of useful farm land were dropped, due in part they say, to “urban pressures on rural areas” – the equivalent of one county disappearing every 6 years.

Leggett have an exciting portfolio of agricultural properties: including a spectacular 500 hectares estate in South West France priced at €15,540,000 and a charming 88 hectare farm in the Loire at €689,000. For further agricultural properties view the Leggett website farming selection before it’s too late!

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We’d love to talk to you …

… About buying your dream home in France, at one of the forthcoming Property shows in the UK. We have Leggett Agents working all over France, so where ever you’re thinking of moving to, we’re well placed to answer your questions about life in France and the property buying process.

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We currently have over 14,000 properties to choose from, so why not join us at one of the shows and see first hand, why Leggetts were voted, for the second year running, ‘Best Estate Agency in France’! You’ll find the dates and venues of the shows listed below, we look forward to seeing you there!

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11-12th September
The Expat exhibition, London Olympia

18-20th September
The French Property Show, London Olympia

25-27th September
A Place in the Sun Live, Birmingham NEC

Actually, why wait till September to find your dream home?! Start searching now!

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Once in a decade French property bargains …

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The number of British buyers has just exploded over the last 12 months – our figures show quite clearly an increase of over 40% in sales, in the first 6 months of this year and that’s backed up by research carried out by BNP Paribas.

According to BNP Paribas, there were 13,823 sales to non resident buyers in 2014 (an increase of 1.5% over the previous year) and British buyers accounted for a third of these sales (an astonishing 33% increase).

“This is a once in a decade confluence of low prices meeting a weak euro with the added bonus of cheap financing thrown in – whilst British buyers are leading the way we’ve also seen an increase in buyers from the USA, Asia and Australia, all taking advantage of the current currency rates” says Trevor Leggett, Chairman.

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The new Summer 2015 Leggett Magazine – out now …

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This season’s eagerly awaited Leggett Magazine, brought to you by the award-winning French estate agent Leggett Immobilier, is now out and circulating in all the best places, cafés, hotels, airports, property exhibitions, tourist offices …..

The magazine showcases hundreds of properties of interest to homebuyers looking to buy their dream home in France. Read tales of those who have restored beautiful properties and made their lives here in France, as well as the inside story about one of the most closely guarded historic homes in the Dordogne – there’s something for everyone.

The Leggett Magazine delivers the nuts and bolts information that as a buyer you really need to know when considering a purchase in France. We hope the magazine, as always, gives you a flavour of the service we offer our clients, whether you have asked us to value and sell your home in France or you are a buyer looking for someone to guide you safely through the process.

If you’d like to read the magazine, you can do so by clicking here

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Would you like to be first to hear of new houses on the market?

We are delighted to announce that clients can now register to receive instant property alerts to put them one step ahead of the game. You can set your own search criteria and we will automatically mail you details of any suitable properties the minute they come onto the market. In addition you will hear about any properties that have just been reduced in price so that you can snap up a bargain before someone else does.

You can tailor your search criteria to include price, location, property type, number of bedrooms and size of the garden and you can stop the alerts at any time. In addition you can ask to receive a digital copy of our bi-annual magazine or a series of useful emails describing the buying process, how to get a mortgage, how to transfer money overseas and what role the notaire has to play.

You can sign up using the form on our home page, it takes 30 seconds!.

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