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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“.

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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.

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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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Confidence in French property market booming following international shows

The Leggett Immobilier team are returning home this evening filled with confidence following a packed fortnight of international property shows.

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Culminating in the “A Place in the Sun Live” show in London Olympia, the team have toured four different property shows in Paris, Brussels and London over the past two weeks.

“A Place in the Sun Live” attracts thousands of visitors interested in property and life, in France and beyond. The Leggett team took a record number of leads at this month’s show further fuelling the positive mood around international buyer confidence and the French property market.

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Joanna Leggett, who hosted several packed seminars across the three days said, 

International buyers are certainly back in the market. The seminars we have held discussing French property hotspots have been extremely well attended, with standing room only. The team have taken a record number of leads and we are exiting this fortnight of international property shows with a feeling of increased confidence.

 

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‘France has the world’s best healthcare in the world’

It’s no secret to expats already living in France – the healthcare system here has always seemed to be second to none.

After all, where else in the world will your local nurse come to your home shortly after 7 am in the morning to take blood for tests if you’ve been fasting since midnight?

It’s a service virtually unparalleled in the world – and one that seems to be specifically designed to help retired expats!

But now its official – France’s reputation for providing such excellent service has recently been recognized by its being awarded global Number One status in this year’s edition of International Living’s Annual Global Retirement Index.

In fact, it gained 97 out of a possible 100 points!

The Index summarized its findings by saying “France provides the best health care system in the world!” As a further boon for those seeking to relocate here for their retirement, it also described medical services as being ‘inexpensive’. The report went on to say France “offers excellent benefits, paying the bulk of the cost for a range of medical services that includes doctors’ visits, hospital stays and prescription medications.

In fact, in many cases, the French healthcare system covers up to 70 percent of medical services and fees. For serious illness it can cover as much as 100 percent of the cost. Most people relocating add a simple – and mostly inexpensive – medical insurance policy to ‘top up cover‘ and ensure all medical costs are covered.

Contributing to the No 1 ranking was the fact many French medical workers (usually in major cities) speak English.

And this ranking is very real reassurance for any potential concerns of retirees considering moving to a warmer climate – elsewhere in this website, you’ll find more information about French Healthcare.

At Leggett, we’re recording much increased demand this year from UK buyers – the stable property prices here in France coupled with excellence in healthcare, let alone our great standard of living, are all providing irresistible drivers for those seeking to retire overseas.

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