BUYING a property to let to holidaymakers is often the way people look to earn a living when they head to France.
But it is key that you get the right area and then ensure your property is promoted effectively and that your investment earns a good return.
There is an extensive article written by journalist and author Helena Frith Powell for The Times, which takes a tour of France and offers some useful tips.
Helena, who lives in the south west of France, offers advice on the main towns and cities in the regions and speaks to estate agents with experience of the area.
Helena writes about the Pays de la Loire:
The Pays de la Loire as a whole has been declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco, which calls it a “cultural landscape of exceptional beauty”. The climate is a bit like Dorset’s, muggy and rainy, but much warmer. Go here if you want somewhere different. Which area you pick will depend on what kind of character you are. In cosmopolitan La Baule, you can rub shoulders with glamorous Parisians. In the Mayenne, you’re more likely to rub shoulders with livestock.
However, once you have bought a home that you plan to let there is still plenty of work to do to ensure you get people to stay for a break.
The Assetz News website offers ten useful tips covering such things as getting the best from the internet, how to manage your home and this on picking the right location:
This is key to a successful holiday let. Ensure the property is within one hour of the nearest airport, which in turn is served by regular flights from the UK running throughout the year. For people to be able to make the most of a three-day break, they must be able to reach their destination quickly and easily. Also make sure the property is close to shops and a restaurant, if not a town.
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