As well as a desire to opt out of stressful, corporate life, availability and affordability are two of the key factors driving people to start their new lives in France, according to French property expert Patrick Joseph of My-French-House.com, who specialises in sourcing properties in France for British buyers.
"When I first started sourcing property for British buyers in 2004 most of my work involved finding second homes and renovation opportunities for investors looking for property in popular holiday destinations that would provide a good rental income over the summer months but there has been a definite shift towards relocation and self-sufficiency in recent years," said Joseph said.
"An increasing number of enquiries are for small country houses with several acres of land where people can enjoy a greener lifestyle. A rural lifestyle in England comes with a hefty price tag and UK buyers are discovering that they can achieve their dream of a sustainable lifestyle across the Channel far more cheaply.
"In some parts of France such as Poitou Charente and the north Dordogne homes can be picked up for as little as euros 150,000 to 200,000," he said.
Reasonably priced property with land for cultivation is readily available in most parts of France according to Mr Joseph.
The Languedoc and Limousin regions, he said, were currently attracting greater interest than usual from buyers looking to benefit from a laid back French lifestyle without the price tag of popular regions such as Provencal.
"Another popular area with eco buyers is the Green Perigord region, which lies to the north of the Dordogne and is one of the most affordable areas in this part of France. The scenery is spectacular so anyone moving here will really feel as if they are living the traditional French country life."
France’s reputation as a safe haven for property investors is also contributing to the rising trend of Britons relocating and a growing number of Europeans choosing to invest their money in bricks and mortar rather than stocks.
"Historically, property in France hasn’t devalued in the same way as it has in other parts of the euro zone and although the financial gains won’t be dramatic there is an almost guaranteed return on investment over time," he said.
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