la Chandeleur, Fête de la Lumière
by Mike on Sun 25 Jan 15
The Catholic holiday of Candlemas, on 2nd February, is a feast to commemorate the purification of the Virgin Mary and the presentation of baby Jesus. In France, this holiday is called la Chandeleur, Fête de la Lumière, or jour des crêpes.
Not only do the French eat a lot of crêpes on Chandeleur, but they also do a bit of fortune telling while making them. It is traditional to hold a coin in your writing hand and a crêpe pan in the other, and flip the crêpe into the air. If you manage to catch the crêpe in the pan, your family will be prosperous for the rest of the year.
PRICED TO SELL – Fantastic néo-bretonne 4 bed house with stunning countryside views
by Mike on Tue 06 Jan 15
SOON TO BE REDUCED – OFFERS AROUND 180,000 WILL BE CONSIDERED ON THIS PROPERTY
This property oozes grandeur, sitting in an elevated position offering stunning views in all directions, with 4 spacious bedrooms and well proportioned living space, this really is a perfect family home.
View: full details Agent: Beverley Smith
Supburb quality townhouse – 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms – Close to the river Rance – Stunning!
by Mike on Thu 18 Dec 14
A simply stunning home at the centre of this vibrant village, close to the church and in walking distance of shops, bars, etc. There are features and spaces to captivate you on each of the three floors. Previously a restaurant (and it could be again) the kitchen is a chef’s delight and there’s a great flow through the open plan living space. The renovation work done is superb quality with great attention to detail and sympathetic to the 19th century origins of the building. There is a lovely little courtyard garden and many walks to be enjoyed nearby. Viewing is very highly recommended.
View : full details Agent : Mike Greene
Brittany Photo Competition 2014
by Mike on Mon 01 Dec 14
Thank you to the many people who entered our photo competition. We had lots of delightful entries showing us places, people and events from around the region, all reasons why you love Brittany so much.
The winning photo was the one below showing mussel harvesting in La Baie de l’Arguenon taken by Sue Davis who won an iPad Mini courtesy of Currencies Direct.
Australians buying a property in Brittany
by Mike on Thu 20 Nov 14
We have been asked for information regarding Australian citizens buying French property. It is 100% easy, there are no restrictions at all and we have sold to quite a few Australians here in Brittany over the last couple of years.
We understand that you are buying from a distance and will be happy to provide photographs, floor plans and virtual tours of the properties which really interest serious buyers. Liaise with an agent well before your buying trip to make the most of your valuable time on the ground in France.
Having the house as a holiday home is easy and if you plan to spend fewer than 90 days here within a 180 day period you should not need a visa. If you are likely to exceed the 90 days then you can apply for a visa. To find out more about this check out Schengen rules.
A holiday home makes great sense, France is a really affordable and safe place to buy and own property, it is culturally rich and offers you an ideal springboard to discover the rest of Europe. Renting the property out when you are not using it is also a good way of offsetting costs.
To live in France full time you will need to research your own situation with professional advisers; we can recommend some if you wish You will probably need to obtain a long stay visa and if you stay for over half the year, you should be fiscally resident in France which will mean paying tax on your worldwide income and could make you subject to French Wealth Tax.
To find out more we recommend you to choose your preferred region and start to engage with a Leggett agent. Most of us have relocated from our country of birth so we understand the thought processes and voyage of discovery you are going through.
Leggett Immobilier voted best estate agency in France for second year running
by Mike on Wed 15 Oct 14
For the second year running a prestigious panel of judges has voted Leggett Immobilier as the “Best Estate Agency in France“.
The European property awards are a world renowned mark of excellence and the winner was announced last night at the London Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square.
The judging panel was made up of the great & the good of the European property industry and included Peter Bolton-King, global director of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.
Trevor Leggett, Chairman of Leggett Immobilier, comments:
“To win this award two years running is a huge achievement and a testament to the hard work put in by our staff and agents. Last year we wore the label of “Best Estate Agency in France” with great pride and this year will be the same.
We will offer clients the same levels of professionalism and exceptional service over the coming year and will be doing our utmost to win the hat trick of awards in 2015. We are seeing an increasing number of international buyers in France and it is vital that we continue to innovate and tailor the service we offer to their ever changing needs”.
Auctions – a new route to market for motivated vendors
by Mike on Fri 10 Oct 14
Launching at the France Show in January 2015 is a new ‘Property Auction’ an extra route to market for vendors who need to sell promptly and will entertain a sale under the normal asking price. Clearly this is a chance for some buyers to secure property ‘bargains’. It in no way replaces the normal property buying process, but will just offer an alternative to some buyers and sellers.
Properties entered into the auction are clearly flagged on our site, such as the example below and can still be bought via the normal process prior to the auction should you be tempted.
FOR SALE BY AUCTION ON SATURDAY 24TH JANUARY 2015 AT THE FRANCE SHOW, LONDON OLYMPIA, UK (unless sold previously)
GUIDE PRICE:* €115,000+ (including agency fees)
View : full details Agent : Beverley Smith
Suddenly VERY Negotiable – Spacious 5 bed home in large plot on the edge of village
by Mike on Fri 12 Sep 14
This beautiful home stands in a large garden with mature trees and shrubs on the edge of a thriving village. Ideally situated within easy reach of Lamballe, St Brieuc and Rennes. This is perfect family home with loads of space both inside and out.
View : full details Agent : Mandy Lister
Not to be Missed! Amazing Village Holiday Cottage only 4km from the Beach : : €108000
by Mike on Mon 18 Aug 14
You will be popping over every weekend to this delightful character cottage in the heart of the village where everything is within easy reach. Immaculate throughout with 2 spacious bedrooms, bathroom, fitted kitchen and elevated terraced area for outside drinks and BBQ’s.
View : full details Agent : Patrick Kerneis
HUGE PRICE REDUCTION :: 3 bedroom stone cottage – €109,000
by Mike on Mon 11 Aug 14
Reduction from €136,250 to €109,000
This beautiful stone cottage has been restored to an excellent standard in a lovely location close to the village of Saint Servais. It has a large open plan living /dining room, a newly refitted kitchen, three bedrooms and a large bathroom.It is in a lovely quiet location with private grounds, a small stone outbuilding with the original bread oven which would make a wonderful summer kitchen. It is situated close to the village which has a shop bar/restaurant. The larger town of Callac is only 10 minutes drive away.
View : full details Agent : Sue Marshall