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By on March 17, 2014
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My-French-House Celebrates its Tenth Anniversary

Specialist French property service My-French-House.com is celebrating ten years in business this spring.

Founder Patrick Joseph says he has helped thousands of buyers find their dream home in France, using wide expertise and in-depth knowledge of France to ease people seamlessly through the process.

My-French-House.com has properties all over France with more than 3,500 of these located in the country’s most popular property hotspots.

“Favourite areas for property hunters include the sunny Languedoc region – from Uzes all the way down to Montpellier and from Perpignan to Beziers – the Midi-Pyrenees covering the Tarn, Tarn et Garonne, Gascony and Haute Pyrenees, and the ever-popular Dordogne, from the Perigord right across to Eymet near Bergerac,” Patrick says.

“We also have a good selection of properties in other top destinations including Aquitaine, the Western Loire, Brittany, Burgundy, the French Riviera and Provence.”

Brought up in France, Patrick moved to the UK in 2003 and settled in Yorkshire with his English wife, where he launched My-French-House.com. He said his memories of growing up in the shadow of the Pyrenees make southwest France one of his favourite regions. “This part of France will always have a special place in my heart because I have fond memories of growing up here as a boy,” he says. “I remember opening the shutters of my bedroom in the morning to views of the mountains. And I love the fact that this part of France enjoys four distinct seasons with proper hot summers for enjoying the glorious beaches.”

Patrick says 2014 looks set to be one of the company’s busiest years ever with increasing numbers of people taking advantage of good buying conditions to get a second property in France.

“The pound is the strongest it’s been for a long time which means property prices are cheaper for Brits buying in France. Consumer confidence is returning in the UK and there are plenty of good opportunities for buyers with some superb bargains to be had. There is a real feeling amongst British buyers that they are getting value for money right now. Smart house hunters can pick up some excellent sized properties with a good amount of land for unbelievable prices.”

Patrick says typical buyers fall into three main categories. “There are those looking for a holiday home with a decent sized garden and possibly a pool for around €250,000 to €350,000, whereas those with a bit more to spend will typically want something more substantial, perhaps a character property or small mansion that may ultimately become their permanent residence.

“There will always be buyers who are in the market for a luxury retreat and with upwards of €900,000 to spend they will tend to go for something where they can entertain family and friends – a stylish villa in the South of France, a fully renovated property with a couple of gites or a small chateau in the Loire, for example.”

He said France’s popularity was unlikely to wane.

“France is so easily accessible from the UK that it will always be popular with second home owners. Having said that, we have seen the number of people looking to make a permanent move to France increase significantly over the past five years. There are lots of reasons for this but the financial crisis has meant many families have evaluated their lives and decided to opt for a slower-paced existence.”

 

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