French Property Blog: Our Voice from France

Leggett Immobilier raises 12,816 euros for charity

We are delighted to announce that thanks to many generous donations we have raised €12,816 on behalf of L’association Petits Princes.

This is a tremendous charity who make dreams come true for terminally ill children. They have already confirmed that this money will pay for a young girl to meet her favourite celebrity choreographer and a young boy to help in the pits of a motor race with many more projects in hand.

We wish to sincerely thank all of the people who donated prizes and everyone at our annual party who dug deep for this fabulous cause.

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Signs of optimism for French market in 2015

Last year saw a 43% increase in French properties sold by Leggett Immobilier with buyers of 33 different nationalities which demonstrates the global appeal of the property market in France,

Trevor Leggett, Chairman of Leggett Immobilier comments:

“2014 was the year that British buyers came back to the French market with a bang – and our sales pipeline shows that 2015 will see more of the same. We have seen a 43% increase in transaction numbers over the last 12 months fuelled mainly by confidence levels in the UK and continued low interest rates.

We have been making sales throughout France and “Middle England” is buying again – in 2013 the average purchase price for a British buyer was €269,000, we think that in 2014 this will have risen to around €300,000 and that in 2015 it will rise further still.

We have seen a lot of activity in the Alps and Cote d’Azur which also helps push this figure up. These middle class buyers tend to want properties that are finished to a reasonably high standard and that are in good locations – we’re still selling plenty of renovation projects but there is a definite trend towards “just furnish to your own taste” properties.

The UK election in May hasn’t yet had any effect on enquiry levels (traditionally buyers of second homes tend to be cautious in the run up to an election). We currently have over twice as many ongoing sales, between exchange and completion, as we did at the start of the year – the bulk of these to buyers from across the channel. With around 12,000 properties for sale on our books there is certainly plenty of choice.”

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First ever French property auction in the UK to be launched at ‘The France Show’

The first ever auction of French property to be held in the UK, will take place at The France Show on 24th January, with a number of properties from the Leggett Immobilier portfolio taking centre stage.

As an innovative estate agency, Leggett Immobilier is always exploring new and different ways to approach buying and selling property in France.

The auction, which is run by French Property Auction, will bring French property to the British auction room – something which has never been done before. Lots range from building plots to substantial country homes; town houses to carp lakes and many of those listed come from the Leggett Immobilier portfolio.

Head of Marketing, Joanna Leggett says; “We are always working to expand the options available to both purchasers and vendors of French property and are pleased to be involved in the first ever French property auction in the UK. As always, we will be running our popular seminars at The France Show in January 2015 and wish French Property Auction every success with this innovative new venture.”

Around 50 properties from the Leggett Immobilier portfolio will be part of the auction, a taster of a few of them are shown below.

If you would like to receive a copy of the auction brochure in advance of the show, please click here.

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Leggett Immobilier voted best estate agency in France for second year running

For the second year running a prestigious panel of judges has voted Leggett Immobilier as the “Best Estate Agency in France“.


The European property awards are a world renowned mark of excellence and the winner was announced last night at the London Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square.

The judging panel was made up of the great & the good of the European property industry and included Peter Bolton-King, global director of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.


Trevor Leggett, Chairman of Leggett Immobilier, comments:

“To win this award two years running is a huge achievement and a testament to the hard work put in by our staff and agents. Last year we wore the label of “Best Estate Agency in France” with great pride and this year will be the same.

We will offer clients the same levels of professionalism and exceptional service over the coming year and will be doing our utmost to win the hat trick of awards in 2015. We are seeing an increasing number of international buyers in France and it is vital that we continue to innovate and tailor the service we offer to their ever changing needs”.


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