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  • 'Perfect conditions' for buying in France

    The French Property Exhibition takes place at Olympia, London, on 18-20 September. Among its organisers are our friends at French Property News magazine, where you can see major features every month about French Connections properties and owners.

    Are you dreaming of buying in France? The organisers point out that now could be the ideal time to make the dream a reality. A weak euro combined with the low mortgage rates that are still available in France has contributed to the creation of ‘perfect conditions’ for buying a property across the Channel. The euro exchange rate recently hit a seven-year high, while French mortgage rates have dropped to new all-time lows.

    The exhibition brings together estate agents and experts from the legal, financial, currency exchange and removals worlds, with informative seminars on tax, pensions, the buying process and much more.

    But you don’t have to wait until then to start your research and property hunting – our Property for Sale pages where you can search for an abundance of properties for sale across France for all budgets and browse fantastic guides full of useful advice for buyers and sellers.

  • French Connections advises on holiday homes in French Property News magazine

    Our Glynis Shaw gives expert advice on buying and letting a holiday home as part of a feature called ‘Happy Holidays!’ published in the August issue of the top-selling magazine.

  • French Connections advises owners in leading magazines

    September's Living France magazine features How To Let Out Your French Property, while French Property News has a major article on bringing in extra income for gites and holiday lets. Both are written by our own Glynis Shaw, based on her years of experience and lively ideas, with two French Connections holiday home owners as case studies.

  • French Connections featured in French Property News

    Glynis Shaw advises on the basics of successfully marketing a holiday let in France in the August issue, with two French Connections owners as case studies.Glynis Shaw advises on the basics of successfully marketing a holiday let in France in the August issue of French Property News magazine, with two French Connections owners as case studies. In a two-page feature in top-selling French Property News magazine, entitled Stealing the Show, Glynis Shaw advises on how to market a holiday let. The article covers everything from marketing strategy and budget to pricing structure; from creating an online listing that works to the importance of good photographs and from keeping a guest book to actively monitoring enquiries. The article – part three of a bi-monthly series on successful holiday lets – also features two case studies. Le Moulin de la Toulzanieis a riverside millhouse in the Lot that is lyrically portrayed in its online listing by manager Neil Buffee while La Claperie, a Dordogne villa, is presented with the complete marketing package of description, photographs and information. Read the full article in our Press page
  • French Connections in December's French Property News magazine

    French Connections properties are featured in an article by Glynis Shaw on repeat bookings and recommendations for French holiday lets

    Two French Connections properties and their owners are featured in an article by Glynis Shaw in the latest issue of French Property News. The article, entitled 'Many Happy Returns' appears on pages 36 to 38 of the December issue and gives advice to owners on how to attract repeat bookings and recommendations for French holiday lets.

    Two case studies are featured in the article - both French Connections owners who are pro-active in generating repeat bookings, one living on-site and the other managing remotely. Their success is due to the quality of their property and facilities, their attention to guest satisfaction and their email contact with guests during the year following their stay.

    The properties featured are a converted railway station near Uzes ID 103512 and a Normandy farmhouse, barn and cider press ID 962

  • Holiday home or relocation? Don't miss our feature in October's French Property News

    Are you happy to have a French holiday home that is let when you’re not there or do you dream of living permanently in France and running gîtes or a holiday let? In the latest issue of French Property News magazine, our own Glynis Shaw looks at both the delights and challenges of each lifestyle, based on her years of experience working with owners.

    Two French Connections owners are featured in the article.

  • Latest Press Coverage for French Connections

    French Connections has been featuring in the French travel and property press once again

  • Major features about French Connections owners in the latest top magazines

    Lots of magazine coverage for our owners this month at the start of the tourist season - and in publications featured and promoted at the France Show from 23rd January at Olympia.

    The January issue of Living France includes a three-page article entitled Heaven on Earth. Starting on page 28, it tells the story of Tony Spit and Bernard Balet, who bought a gorgeous but run-down 18th to 19th century Provencal Mas. The couple have lovingly restored the property to create three gites with a peaceful garden and swimming pool, where they now enjoy hosting visitors and soaking up the culture and landscape of southern France.

  • Our houses for sale in a major French Property News magazine feature

    A feature called ‘The Spirit of Place’ in the January issue highlights five inspiring properties that are currently for sale through French Connections, in five varying regions. Over three pages, the article considers the history and place of each house in the local community, along with the area’s landscape and lifestyle.

  • Our survey shows Brits keep going back to France

    We recently asked the owners of our holiday properties who goes to France for holidays and when - and how the market is holding up in terms of letting weeks per year. Their response showed that France is as popular as ever, with a reassuring stability in the length of the French holiday season over the last three years.

    Around 30% of owners who responded said that they let for 20 to 30 weeks of the year and 15% report 30 to 40 weeks of lettings. So the majority of respondents attract visitors during the peak summer period and into the spring and autumn ‘shoulder’ times, making a season from five to ten months’ duration. Some of these include the Christmas and New Year peak with lulls on either side.