Property in France

By: Les Calvert

Being one of the closest countries to the UK, France has always dazed the British property investors in every sense of the term. Historically, culturally, and politically, France has always lured investors from all over the world with its prized natural possessions spread across the country.

The nation better known as the love capital of the world has several things in its favour, which make it the much-desired property investment destination in the world today. As they say, there's something about Paris that keeps you hooked on the nation's capital. Perhaps, there's no better place to spend a romantic break than in the city of the lovers.

Property Market in France

After experiencing a recent lean patch, the property market in France is once again in favour with the British investor. As one of the most sought-after destination for commercial and industrial powerhouses, the country has always remained one of the best investments for business and commerical property.

Paris is also one of the hottest fashion destinations in the world and as such property in the capital city definitely commands a premium. Indeed, according to a recent survey, Paris has become out of bounds for the average property investor. But small investors need not worry as they can still find suitably priced properties throughout the picturesque French countryside and coastal towns.

Since the property market is going through a transition phase in France, an intelligent investor can strike an interesting deal even in some of the major towns and cities of the country. To give you a price indicator, you can grab apartments in Languedoc Roussillon starting from GBP 40K. But you'll still need to spend in the upward range of 50K+ for a decent flat in the Var region of Provence . However, closer to Paris, you can lay your hands on comfy apartments in Ile De France for a little over 40K. Alternatively you could consider a mobile home in France starting from 13K already sited.

Coming back to the alternatives to Paris, prospective investors are well advised not to just hook on to the capital city, as there are lots of other cheaper and viable options available all around the countryside. The country cottages in the rural settings, or ski chalets in the mountains are an immediate turn-on for the tourists, and offer the best investment if you are looking for a steady regular rental income from your property investments in France.

Even other prominent areas, like the Cote d'Azur are getting increasingly out-of-bounds for the average property buyer. Similarly, the cities along the French Riviera, considered as the millionaire's playground, are just too expensive for an average property investor. However, if you are an above-average investor, then these places should be an automatic choice for any kind of investment.

Overall, the natural choice of property investment in France include the resort properties all along the coast, the Alps, residential property, apartments, villas, and mansions in major cities, like Paris, Toulouse, Monte Carlo, and Nice - and business and commercial property in and around the capital city of Paris.

And here is a tip for any prospective property investor looking to buy a property in France. The majority of French nationals speak and understand only French. So, it's an added advantage if you polish up on your French before investing in the country.

Why the British love buying property in France

Though France attracts investments from all across the world, it holds a special place of pride among the British property investor. Here are some of the reasons for this favourable trend -

- Both the country's are founding members of EU and enjoy considerable mutual goodwill among the people.

- Regular flights from low cost airlines between the two countries makes the countries easily accessible.

- Who can overlook the undersea road tunnel the Channel Tunnel that runs between the two countries and the Eurostar high-speed rail system?

- France offers the closest and one of the globally recognised holiday destinations in the world for the British with coastal and mountainous resorts beckoning the property investor from all walks of life into France.

- French food and wine (not to mention Champagne!) is just too good to resist.

- French Leaseback Property option is a great incentive for the British investor to cash in on the property boom in the country.

- France offers better rates of returns on real estate property both for short-term and long-term investors. All it requires is the fulfilment of certain legalities and you are the proud owner of a French property.

- France is a fashion powerhouse and offers one of the best standards of living in the modern world.

- Regular tourist influx to boost rental income from the property.

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