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A collection of articles about luxury property in France from the award winning property specialists, Home Hunts.

5 Top Tips for Moving to France from the UK

France is a popular relocation destination for UK residents who want either a full-time home or a holiday property. Proximity alone is a big perk for UK residents who want to relocate, but France’s diverse properties and locations make the decision even more appealing. Where else can you can live in a ski chalet in The Alps, a luxury apartment in Paris, seaside on the French Riviera or overlooking a vineyard in Bordeaux? It’s no wonder why so many UK expats are spread throughout France, from city hubs to secluded rural settings.

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Moving to another country is invigorating and adrenaline-pumping, but it can also be jolting. Holidaying in France isn’t the same as picking up your entire life and moving there. Once you’re settled in your new home, the not-so-exciting facets of real life are going to set in. Instead of moving on a whim, take your time to prepare and plan for your move. This will help you assimilate and get to know the country you’ll soon call home. Continue reading

8 useful online magazines about France

As France is the most visited country in the world and home to hundreds of thousands of English-speaking expats, there is an enormous range of online magazines about France. But how many of these are truly useful and worth returning to again and again?

Home Hunts has made a selection of eight online magazines about France which provide well-researched articles that are written by journalists and industry experts. If you are looking to learn and read more about France then these online magazines about France are an excellent place to start. Continue reading

Top Tips on House-Hunting at the French Property Exhibition

french-property-exhibition-logoThis years French Property exhibition will be held at Olympia Central, London between 18th-20th September 2015. The event is one of the largest and most informative property events in the UK and a must for those looking for advice about France’s buying process, the different locations to purchase property and which financial and legal issues need to be taken into consideration.

To get the most out of this up and coming property event it is important to use both your head and your heart when searching for a new home. Knowing what to expect and how to react will help you leave the exhibition with the information you need. Four primary considerations are location, property type, the buying process and what your next step should be.
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6 Things To Consider Before Moving to France

Moving to France is both a big step and an amazing opportunity. With such rich culture, pleasing climate, delicious food, and stunning landscapes, it’s not surprising that so many people leave their home country for a brand new life in France. Preparing to move to another country is a lot more complicated than packing your bags, though. In order to avoid difficulties when moving to France, pre-planning is essential.

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In the French Riviera, cultural refinement is as certain as the weather is warm and as the sea is blue. You simply wouldn’t expect anything less. For anyone looking to buy in the French Riviera, the finest wines and the most expertly created cuisine just comes part and parcel with your relocation. Together with the wonderfully warm Mediterranean climate, the striking coast of Cote d’Azur is one of the most desired property locations on the planet.

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The Riviera is home to some of the most stunning destinations for both holiday makers and property buyers, such as Monaco, Nice, Cannes, Saint-Raphael, and Saint-Tropez. But today, we set the spotlight on the Antibes commune, where a Juan Les Pins based restaurant has just given birth to a whole new meaning of ‘brunch’.

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An assured and excellent service from Home Hunts

Recently, there has been a very significant increase in the number of over seas buyers who are snapping up properties in the South of France. This is relatively due to the wondrous landscape and choice properties on offer. Buying properties here however could be fraught with some difficulties majorly due to language differences and unfamiliar property laws amongst others.

Just 15-20 minutes from Cannes

Just 15-20 minutes from Cannes

By getting your property in South France through Home Hunts, you are assured of getting excellent service for the property you desire. Through our excellent range of properties for sale, you can be sure of finding that property that falls within your budget at the area in South France you wish to acquire properties in. From Aquitane to Langue doc-Roussillon and Corsica to Pitou-Charentes, our range of diverse properties will get you salivating.

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Ways to live it up on the French Riviera – Infographic

Information is beautiful.

From knowledge, ideas, data and issues these can all be visualized through an infographic.

Infographics are a fun and quick way to learn about a topic without a ton of heavy reading.

Here at HomeHunts we pride ourselves on providing information on all aspects of purchasing property in the South of France to information on living and working in the French Riviera.

Below is our very first infographic – “Ways to live it up on the French Riviera”

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When you are looking to buy a luxury property abroad it is important to note that you will be paying for that property in a different currency, often in several stages so you will be exposed to currency fluctuations.

It is essential to pick to right time to buy a property because your luxury property could cost more than you expected.

For example a luxury property priced at €250,000 would have cost you £177,860 to buy in mid December 2007 but £200,803 by mid April 2008. That’s an increase of £22,943 in only 4 months – and it’s solely due to exchange rate fluctuations.

Look at the currency rate before you buy and work it into your budget.  Work out an exchange rate that will give you a buffer should the value of the sterling fall against the euro. Home Hunts work with a number of currency exchange specialists, please feel free to ask us for details.

There are three different types of currency purchase contacts.

Spot contract

This is where you purchase your currency with immediate delivery and the exchange rate is taken direct from the market rate.  The main benefit is the money is available within two working days and so allows for swift onward settlement such as a deposit.

Forward contract

This contract entails the purchase of currency now for a specific date in the future.  This method also enables you to fix the rate with a ten percent deposit.  This method is especially useful for stage payments and allows you to fix and guarantee a rate up-front.  The interest rates are slightly higher than a spot contract and you cannot bring forward the date of transaction.

Time-option contract

This contract is very similar to a forward contract, only you may access the currency before the agreed end date.  This is ideal if the exact payment date is unknown, and the currency can be extracted in increments or as the whole amount.

It is very important to plan your luxury property purchase thoroughly and take time to consider the different options available to you in currency conversion.

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One way to make a return on investment on a luxury French property is to open a restaurant.  However, it is always wise to keep an eye on the market and current trends before committing to an establishment.We know from the news this year that restaurateurs in Britain have been struggling in 2009 and France is no different.

The French Government cut the rate of VAT on restaurant food from 19.6 percent to 5.5 percent in July 2009 in an effort to increase the number of people dining out.  However, according to figures by consumer research group NPD, people visiting restaurants actually fell by 1.2 percent on 2009.

This isn’t a reason to abandon the dream of opening a restaurant but a little thought is required as to what food to serve and what style of eatery is currently most popular.

Part of the VAT reduction involves establishments passing the reduction onto customers in seven key menu items, which you will need to ensure you adhere to.

One option could be to purchase a luxury French property and convert a section into a restaurant, however you will need to apply for change of use.

The NPD research also confirmed that almost three quarters of the recorded restaurant visits were to fast-food outlets showing the French are comfortable visiting these establishments for a complete meal.

This is no reason not to peruse a luxury French property conversion, just ensure you monitor the trends closely and provide the kind of food and atmosphere in current demand.

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Here at HomeHunts, you can find a great range of property in France. With so much choice, you are sure to find your next property here.



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