Autumn eyes turn towards France
Buying activity in France is traditionally high in early autumn as house hunters take advantage of the weeks following the peak tourist season when the weather is still mild but the roads are quieter and hotel prices cheaper.
But this year investors can expect to find a greater range of properties than in recent years and good value for money.
Leeds-based French property expert Patrick Joseph of MyFrench-House.com says improvements in the exchange rate and good mortgage availability has made September 2010 a prime time for buyers.
“There are some fantastic properties around, particularly in the Loire Valley around Tours and Richelieu where there is a good supply of homes that are reasonably priced.
“Property prices are low in France right now but they are starting to rise so anyone looking this autumn should act quickly to take advantage of the investment opportunity.”