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  • Investors Look beyond Paris for Bargains in France

    As property prices in Paris continue with their upward movement, restricting yield opportunities for international investors, many are now seeking value in regional cities such as Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Nantes, Lille and Strasbourg.

    At a presentation at the Munich trade fair in October last year, David Green-Morgan, JLL's global capital markets research director said: " Over the past 2-3 years we have seen a change in behaviour. Now investors, particularly from Asia are seeing real estate, particularly in Europe as a safe haven – and the emphasis on wealth preservation especially from Asia has become more important ".

    Although many investors tend to focus on bigger cities such as Paris, a lot of capital is looking to generate more aggressive returns and therefore there is a rising interest in regional opportunities. This is a trend that is also happening outside London in the UK and outside the Big Six in the German market, (Munich, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne).

    Peter Rawls, investor relations director for the huge Euroméditerranée urban renewal project on the sea front in Marseille, said yields in prime offices in the city are between 5.76% and 6.1%, comparable to other regional cities in France . Availability of capital is not the problem and many large investors such as Germany's Union Investment Real Estate and US manager Pramerica are already allocated. " The main challenge is that those who are already invested don't want to sell, " he said.

    However, regional cities are attracting families through quality of life and industry is stepping up to provide employment. The Airbus group has it's headquarters in Toulouse with divisions in other French regions and its main helicopter arm is based near Marseille airport. Marseille also acts as a gateway to Africa which is attractive for commercial real estate investors, particularly from China.

    Jean-Philippe Blangy, managing director of UK-based fund manager Tristan Capital Partners said his firm hasn't yet developed a strategy for French regions but is beginning to look at more opportunities in France. All the major regional cities are attractive for potential office investment, while retail value can be found throughout France, even in smaller locations. " We have €5bn of assets under investment and most of that so far in Germany, UK and Spain – but there is no specific focus on the regions, " he said. " In France our investments are 100% in Paris and zero in the regions ".

    According to Blangy, the yield spread between Paris and Marseille is much wider than that between Berlin and London, and even regional cities in Germany are closer to less attractive capital market yields.

    " But in France the yields are still more attractive and the good thing in France is that you can still get decent financing, " he said, adding that foreign investors have an inaccurate perception of value in French residential property where he believes rent restrictions are no more hindrance than in Germany.

    Green-Morgan indicated there is a reversal of the global trend out of the regions and into the major cities. In France, the efficient rail infrastructure is helping this trend. A lot of Asian capital is coming to Europe and holding long term, he said.

    " Most of the Asian capital is focusing in general on locations where it can close deals more easily. But what we are seeing particularly from the Chinese capital is that it is much more inclined to go into regional markets now, and particularly on the development side ".


    Article by +Roxanne James on behalf of Propertyshowrooms.com
  • British Buyers to Extend Foray into French Real Estate in 2016

    A new trend emerged from British property investors last year which is set to continue well into 2016. In response to the harsh economic climate in the UK and spiralling house prices, more buyers than ever are hopping across the Channel to go house-hunting and getting much more for their money in France.

    Getting on the property ladder in the UK has become increasingly difficult and first time buyers are finding that they are able to buy quality real estate in France that satisfies their desire for an investment in bricks and mortar, while providing them with fantastic rental potential.

    The fact is, you can buy a sprawling countryside retreat in France for the same price as a bedsit in Central London which has proved extremely tempting to British buyers. France is brimming with beautiful properties from class French chateaux, traditional mansion houses and rustic gites in the countryside.

    The other bonus for investors in second homes in France is the country's proximity to Britain and the fact that you can easily visit your property at the drop of a hat at the weekends. With the strength of the pound against the euro at the current time, property in France has not been as cheap for British buyers for years, making now the right time to strike if you want to take advantage of this perennially popular property investment destination.

    The French Riviera is one of the most prestigious parts of France, famous around the world as a millionaires' playground and glorious beaches. However, not many people know that you can buy properties in the area from as little as €250,000 – currently around £184,000 which is £20,000 less than the national average house price in the UK.

    Another factor that will encourage more property buyers to explore the market in France is the introduction of a further 3% stamp duty in the UK for individuals buying British property for investment. This will place a huge financial constraint on those looking to enter the buy to let market and in order to avoid the possible impact of the tax on yields more investors will look overseas for property bargains.

    There's something for everyone in France and with excellent transport links to the UK, it's a destination that you can visit quickly and cheaply. Not only is France a great destination to buy a holiday home as one of the most visited countries in the world, it is also a great country for permanent living. With property as cheap as it is right now and with the pound riding high against the euro, it's a case of having to strike while the iron's hot if you want to bag a bargain in one of 2016s most popular property market.

    Don't lose money on taxes in London, as we head in to 2016 experts are predicting changes to the UK property market resulting in many buyers taking advantage of the amazing opportunities available in France. With many luxury properties for sale My-French-House offers you an alternative to your London lifestyle, imagine summer vacations, long weekends and winter breaks in some of the most exclusive areas and prestigious homes in France.


    Article by +Roxanne James on behalf of Propertyshowrooms.com
  • Weak Euro Boosts Investment in Luxury Alpine Resorts

    According to Savills's Spotlight on the Alpine Property Market Report, the recovery in the Alpine real estate market, led by the ultra-prime resorts, has spread to the rest of the region with infrastructure investment spurring new development. British buyers are returning as a weak euro poses buying opportunities in France , Austria and Italy.

    Courchevel 1850 tops the Savills Ultra-Prime Ski Resorts Index with typical prices of €31,340/m² for the best properties. The French resort is followed by the premier Swiss destinations of Gstaad, St Moritz, Zermatt and Verbier at between €26,450 and €31,220 per sqm. In spite of limited price growth, a strong Swiss franc has pushed these markets up the rankings in currency terms.

    In North America, only Vail is on par with the top European competition at €25,200/m2.

    Courchevel 1850 and Gstaad continue to lead the Ultra Prime Ski Resort Index, with 92% of buyers purchasing for both personal use and investment. A strong Swiss franc has made Swiss property expensive to foreign buyers, however a weaker euro poses buying opportunities in France, Austria and Italy.

    Paul Tostevin, associate director, Savills World Research, said, " A home in a top-tier Alpine resort is a key component of global property portfolios for the world's wealthy. A property in Courchevel 1850, Gstaad or St Moritz complements a city residence in London, Paris or Moscow ".

    Jeremy Rollason, managing director, Alpine Homes, in association with Savills, said, " 2015 has been a tale of two currencies for UK buyers in the Alps. The de-peg of the Swiss franc caught markets off guard, but sterling has since recovered and now trades within a 5% range of the pre-January 2015 exchange rate. The weakening euro has helped buyers in euro denominated countries. Currency swings have the effect of either suppressing or stimulating markets through affordability, but the net effect has little influence on property values per se ".

    Buying activity in the Swiss resorts cooled in 2015 with foreign buyers, particularly important to the top end of the market, impacted by the strong Swiss Franc. However, despite limited supply of second homes, investment in infrastructure continues and the cache of Swiss resorts remains.

    Villars, a year round Swiss resort with high quality international schools, has seen high levels of new supply in recent years and has suffered from poor snowfall. This has had some impact on pricing and, for those who shop around; there are deals to be done. Prime apartments here trade at between €9,000 and €11,000 per sqm.

    The Austrian Alpine resort market has remained strong on the back of a vibrant local economy, which has generated house price growth nationally of 41% since 2008. The country continues to offer excellent value for money compared to the more established French and Swiss resorts. Committed investment in resort infrastructure and investor appetite means there is still room for upward price movement.

    Over in France, sales volumes in the ski regions of Haute-Savoie and Savoie have held up better than the rest of the country whilst a weaker euro has opened up investment opportunities for dollar and sterling denominated buyers.

    Val d'Isere has seen premium restaurants and boutiques open. Popular with the UK market, there is strong rental potential with yields of circa 3.5% gross achievable for top chalets. The Chamonix Valley continues to see demand led recovery and prices are now at or around the pre-crisis peak of €10,000/m².

    " We anticipate a continued globalisation of Europe's top ski resorts as the customer base broadens and attracts a more diverse and market savvy investor, " concludes Rollason

    The report identified five emerging destinations and resorts opening up to an international market. The Balkans, on the edge of the large European market, and already attract British and Russian skiers. Pyeongchang, South Korea, is the 2018 host for the Winter Olympics. International investors have been attracted by special visa investor programmes.

     


    Article by +Roxanne James on behalf of Propertyshowrooms.com
  • French Regional Cities in Focus as Investors Look Beyond Paris

    As property prices in Paris continue with their upward movement, restricting yield opportunities for international investors, many are now seeking value in regional cities such as Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Nantes, Lille and Strasbourg.

    According to JLL, France is one of the only European markets having a worse 2015 than 2014 although it is largely due to lack of product. At a presentation at the recent Munich trade fair, David Green-Morgan, JLL's global capital markets research director said: " Over the past 2-3 years we have seen a change in behaviour. Now investors, particularly from Asia are seeing real estate, particularly in Europe as a safe haven – and the emphasis on wealth preservation especially from Asia has become more important ".

    Although many investors tend to focus on bigger cities such as Paris, a lot of capital is looking to generate more aggressive returns and therefore there is a rising interest in regional opportunities. This is a trend that is also happening outside London in the UK and outside the Big Six in the German market, (Munich, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne).

    Peter Rawls, investor relations director for the huge Euroméditerranée urban renewal project on the sea front in Marseille, said yields in prime offices in the city are between 5.76% and 6.1%, comparable to other regional cities in France. Availability of capital is not the problem and many large investors such as Germany's Union Investment Real Estate and US manager Pramerica are already allocated. " The main challenge is that those who are already invested don't want to sell ", he said.

    However, regional cities are attracting families through quality of life and industry is stepping up to provide employment. The Airbus group has it's headquarters in Toulouse with divisions in other French regions and its main helicopter arm is based near Marseille airport. Marseille also acts as a gateway to Africa which is attractive for commercial real estate investors, particularly from China.

    Jean-Philippe Blangy, managing director of UK-based fund manager Tristan Capital Partners said his firm hasn't yet developed a strategy for French regions but is beginning to look at more opportunities in France. All the major regional cities are attractive for potential office investment, while retail value can be found throughout France, even in smaller locations. " We have €5bn of assets under investment and most of that so far in Germany, UK and Spain – but there is no specific focus on the regions ", he said. " In France our investments are 100% in Paris and zero in the regions ".

    According to Blangy, the yield spread between Paris and Marseille is much wider than that between Berlin and London, and even regional cities in Germany are closer to less attractive capital market yields.

    " But in France the yields are still more attractive and the good thing in France is that you can still get decent financing ", he said, adding that foreign investors have an inaccurate perception of value in French residential property where he believes rent restrictions are no more hindrance than in Germany.

    Green-Morgan indicated there is a reversal of the global trend out of the regions and into the major cities. In France, the efficient rail infrastructure is helping this trend. A lot of Asian capital is coming to Europe and holding long term, he said.

    " Most of the Asian capital is focusing in general on locations where it can close deals more easily. But what we are seeing particularly from the Chinese capital is that it is much more inclined to go into regional markets now, and particularly on the development side ".

     


    Article by +Roxanne James on behalf of Propertyshowrooms.com
  • Brits Extend Foray into French Real Estate

    British buyers are flocking back to France, attracted by the favourable exchange rate, reduced house prices and the availability of cheap long-term mortgages.

    Despite concerns about the poor performance and uncertain future of the euro, the British appetite for French real estate has become even heartier in 2015.

    According to Lloyd Hughes of property investment firm Athena Advisors, British buyers can save up to 40% on the overall cost of buying French property compared with 18 months ago. " Best-buy mortgage rates have fallen by 28% over that period, from 3.75% to 2.7% today. Rates have risen slightly in recent weeks from their lows of 2.55% but they are still extremely competitive, " he said.

    " The pound has also strengthened against the euro and is buying €1.40 compared with €1.20 just 18 months ago. Add to that the fact that property prices are soft in many areas of France and it's a real buyers' market. "


    Source: French Private Finance

    Given the turbulence in the Eurozone, financial advisers are encouraging potential buyers to raise the finance in France rather than the UK. International manager at mortgage broker SPF Private Clients, Miranda John, suggests doing so reduces the risk of currency-related losses:

    " By borrowing in euros, buyers can protect themselves from currency falls. If the euro does fall, the level of debt owed also falls in sterling terms. The opposite is true if you raise the money in the UK through a mortgage or equity release however. In the worst-case scenario you could end up selling the property and be unable to repay the loan. Of course if you borrow in euros and the euro was to strengthen, you would have to pay more in sterling terms but the consensus is, that's unlikely to happen in the short term, " Miranda said.

    Other benefits of French mortgages include long-term rate fixes of 15-20 years, meaning no nasty surprises during the term of the borrowing. " There are a lot of newbuilds going up, particularly in the Alps which has a lot of new high-spec chalets that are proving popular. Buying a newbuild is cheaper in France than buying an older property because the legal fees are lower. You pay around 8% on existing properties as opposed to around 3% on a newbuild, " she said.

    And there is no shortage of newbuild opportunities available in popular regions of France as developers increase activity to meet rising demand from foreign buyers. There remain concerns that property prices could fall further, particularly in rural areas of France but homes in popular areas are expected to better retain their value.

    France remains one of the most popular investment destinations for British property buyers although demand has weakened at the top end of the market this year. Roddy Aris of Knight Frank International said: " We expect to see 'super-prime' property prices continue to come down in 2015 after a 7% price drop across the French Alps, but the core market will remain buoyant. "

    The Auvergne in the Massif Central, Finistère in Brittany and Olonzac in the winemaking region of Languedoc-Roussillon are listed as the top three areas for British property investors by The Telegraph .

     


    Article by +Roxanne James on behalf of Propertyshowrooms.com
  • Controversial Rent Caps come into Force in Paris

    August 1st saw all new or renewed rental leases in the French capital being capped as President François Hollande made good on one of his key 2012 campaign promises for sweeping housing reform.

    The rent control regulations will limit rents in Paris to 20% above and 30% below a neighbourhood's average and is based on apartment size, year of construction and location with an additional surcharge for luxury homes.

    However, critics say that real estate investors will be deterred from the Parisian market and while the wealthiest tenants stand to benefit from the new rent caps, less wealthy renters are likely to suffer.

    Critics Warn New Regulations will Deter Property Investors

    Jean-Francois Buet, chairman of FNAIM, France 's largest residential property-broker federation said the mechanism is " dangerous because the framework is deterring investors who, faced with the lack of freedom will choose other investments ".

    There are rising concerns that the regulations will slow renovation works by apartment owners, increase landlord-tenant litigation and create affordability issues for many existing tenants, according to residential property managers Foncia.

    When the rent control proposals were published in June this year, Foncia Chairman Francois Davy said: " The most expensive rents will probably drop but still won't be occupied by modest-income earners. An apartment rented for €10,000 per month in a fancy neighbourhood will drop by 30%, while in more working class areas an extremely low rent risks climbing 10% on average ".

    80,000 Paris Rental Leases affected by New Legislation

    Around 80,000 new rental leases are signed in Paris each year with around one in five being subject to capping, according to Observatoire des Loyers de l'Agglomeration Parisienne (OLAP), the association mandated by the government to compile Paris rents. OLAP report that of these a third will drop by less than €50 per month, a third by €50-€100 and the rest by more than €100.

    The measure could decrease the rent for around 60,000 dwellings in the capital in the coming years, according to business daily Les Echos. It could also raise rents for around 25,000 homes, the French newspaper added.

    However there is strong public support for the new regulations and also from France's main environmental party, Europe Ecologie-Les Verts with spokesperson Sandrine Rousseau commenting: " It's a strong step for social justice as rents have climbed by 42% in the capital over the past 10 years ". The party is calling for the rent cap to be extended to all cities that face a 'tight' housing market.

    The rent controls are the first major step taken by Francois Hollande to make good on his manifesto promises for national housing reform. The new law seeks to cap rent increases from one lease to the next in the country's largest cities as part of the reforms, known in France by the acronym ALUR.

    Rent Reforms Ultimately to be Applied Nationally

    Opinion polls in France have shown that 75% of the public supported the price-capping measure with criticism coming unsurprisingly from estate agents and landlords Associations who have denounced the law, vowing to drag officials that wish to implement it into legal battles.

    France's National Federation of Real Estate Professionals (FNAIM) said the law constricted the housing market and would dissuade potential buyers from investing, suggesting it could file a suit with France's Council of State. Estate agents in Lille have reportedly blocked efforts to apply the law in the northern French city by withholding housing and rent data from authorities.

    Just two French cities apart from Paris are considering establishing rent controls – La Rochelle and Grenoble. " Housing in France is 50% more expensive than in Germany. It is a burden on families and limits their purchasing owner, " Grenoble Mayor Eric Piolle told France Inter radio this week.

    In many respects rent controls can work well for property investors and are particularly helpful when negotiating a price, because rental incomes are cast in stone making it easier to nail your margins. With a legally established framework preventing unscrupulous landlords from cashing-in on Paris' massive popularity, property prices may well slip back into the realms of affordability sometime soon.



    Article by +Roxanne James on behalf of Propertyshowrooms.com
  • Beside the Seaside in the Heart of Paris

    While researching for yesterday's article about Dubai's beaches scoring high on the Telegraph's list of the world's most popular beaches , I found out something I didn't know! Nestled in the Telegraph listing was Paris, which to my certain knowledge has no coastline and so how can the city be home to some of the world's most popular beaches?

    Naturally, I had to ask Google for the answer to this question and I have to say, the answer is quite delightful!

    Every summer, urban beaches called ' The Paris Plages ' appear across the banks of Parisian rivers and canals, captivating residents and tourists from around the world by the City's transformation to one of the most sophisticated beach resorts in the world.

    Vast amounts of sand are brought into the centre of Paris to create the artificial beaches and riverside streets are blocked off to traffic. Lounge chairs are lined up facing the water in a strange juxtaposition to some of Europe's most iconic architecture and ice-cream vendors wander through the crowds as they relax on the impromptu seaside.

    Watersports are big during the Paris Plages season which runs from the third week of July and through most of August, with kayaking, canoes and sailboats available with qualified instruction free of charge. There are beach volley ball games, pedalos, free concerts, plenty of bijoux eateries and everything else you would expect at a beach even though you're at a fake seaside in Central Paris!

    The Paris Plages have remained a completely unique phenomenon since the first beach opened in 2002, along the riverside near the Louvre Museum to the Pont de Sully that crosses the river over the Ile de Saint Louis. There is no swimming allowed in the rivers but there are swimming and plunge pools together with a concert stages hosting free evening performances, rock climbing walls and boardwalk style cafes.

    It just sounds so good the idea of buying a pied à terre in one of Paris' trendy arrondissements has regained pole position on my 'places to buy if I win the lottery' wishlist.

    It didn't take long for me to locate my dream property on propertyshowrooms.com! I found a bijou one-bedder on the 18th arrondissement that fits the bill completely. If you're buying in sterling you can currently snap this property up for just £380,000 and even though the apartment is just 55m², it is located in one of the typically gorgeous Parisian residential blocks, nestled among the vibrant City's streets in an area consistently sought-after by property investors.


    Imagine awaking to this scene from your pad on the 18th arrondissement, Paris

    According to Airbnb, an apartment of this size on the 18th arrondissement would command a holiday rental of up to £150 per night through The Paris Plages season in summer. That's not a bad return on your investment considering you can still easily achieve up to £100 per night during the winter months.

    Paris is a one-off city. Completely unique, it never fails to surprise in the most delightful way and that's why it remains the world's most popular destination to visit year after year. If you can find an affordable entry point into Parisian real estate, you are guaranteed to be on to a winner.

     


    Article by +Roxanne James on behalf of Propertyshowrooms.com
  • A Piece of France for Just One Euro!

    A village in the Normandy region is trying to boost its population by luring buyers with offers of land for just €1 per square metre.

    Soaring property prices across Europe and notably in certain regions of France in recent years has motivated many to seek ways of taking advantage of the boom. In the case of the coastal community of Champ-du-Boult in Normandy, the land is where their treasure lies and now there are four plots listed in the area for just €1 per square metre.

    The critical housing shortage in the UK has made media news for many months and it seems this is what inspired this struggling village to lure new arrivals to its community.

    France is one of the most popular destinations

    Mayor Patrick Madeleine said: " We're in a period where money is short, with state grants being cut back. The only way to bring a bit more wealth into the community is to bring in new residents. "

    France is one of the most popular destinations for British property investors and there has been a notable increase in the number of first-time buyers buying outside the UK to seek value not available at home.

    Champ-du-Boult is a popular destination for tourists too and its location close to beach resorts, golf and a range of attractions makes it popular with property investors.

    Close to Calvados, the region is important in the culinary world, leading to increased numbers of foodie tourists in the area.

    Land in the area is an extremely good buy and there's a very good chance you would get an incredible vista thrown in! The only draw-back from an investor's perspective is the potential minefield of paperwork and processes involved in the planning and construction of the simplest forms of shelter that exists in France.

    Nevertheless, with land at this bargain basement price, you can't really go wrong with a property in this delightful region. If you wanted to attract holiday rentals, you would be assured of a fairly consistent rental stream due to Champ-du-Boults year-round popularity with international tourists.

     


    Article by +Roxanne James on behalf of Propertyshowrooms.com
  • The Hidden Treasure of 'French Venice'

    In the heart of the glamorous Gulf of Saint-Tropez is one of the best kept secrets in Europe. Nestled in lush green countryside, the delightful lakeside town of Port Grimaud is rendered super-exclusive almost purely because of its tucked-away location.

    Waterways and canals are lined with pastel-shaded townhouses and apartments where residents moor their boats in Port Grimaud's lakeside community with just 2,400 homes over 90 hectares comprising 42% water, 33% gardens and just 25% buildings.

    2,000 moorings are scattered over 12 islands inter-connected by 14 bridges, 16 porches, 7km of canals and 14km of piers. The buildings are impressively designed with many allowing owners to moor boats directly in front of their living rooms.

    In September 2002, Port Grimaud was registered as a masterpiece of the 20th Century by the Ministry of Culture. The distinction recognises the unique and outstanding architecture of the town and ensures its original aspects are preserved for future generations.

    Port Grimaud is one of the most visited sites in France with over 500,000 visitors each year, despite being relatively unknown as a tourist destination outside the country. France has remained the world's most popular country with international travellers for many years, welcoming more than 85 million visitors annually and so the number of tourists finding their way to this picturesque town remains relatively small.

    Property is moderately expensive in Port Grimaud, with one-bedroom, lakeside apartments fetching around €500,000 although relatively high rentals are achievable, particularly in the peak season.

    " It is a magical place where people can feel and experience the unique atmosphere of a French village and its scenic waterways, " said Marc Giordano of Boutemy Immobilier Real Estate.

    " We love to help people from all over the world to come and discover this amazing vacation spot. Port Grimaud is a safe and peaceful city for people who are looking to combine tranquillity and wonder during their vacation, " he added.

    Airbnb.com list one-bedroom apartments in Port Grimaud at rates from €100 per night in the winter rising to €160 in the peak summer months. Southern France has much to offer holidaymakers throughout the year and so an attractive rental income on an investment in the town is easily achievable.

     


    Article by +Roxanne James on behalf of Propertyshowrooms.com
  • Investor Sentiment for Paris Office Market Runs High

    Invesco recently announced their acquisition of the Tour Prisma office tower in the Paris business district of La Défence, confirming a still-healthy investor appetite for Parisian commercial real estate.

    Invesco have been building a high-quality European real estate portfolio as part of a dedicated mandate for a new client whom Invesco have not named. The client is speculated to be Malaysia's Kumpulan Wang Simpanan Pekerja or Employees Provident Fund (EPF).

    The deal is Ivesco's third in Europe on behalf of EPF, Malaysia's largest provident fund which is thought to be extending its real estate investment in Europe with initial focus on France and Germany.

    The deal highlights growing Asian interest in French real estate which now accounts for around 10% of all overseas investment in the country, compared with 22% from the Middle East and 35% from the US, according to BNP Paribas Real Estate.

    The Tour Prisma office tower was purchased from Canadian pension group Ivanhoé Cambridge although financial details have not as yet been disclosed.

    The building was completed in 1996 and completely renovated in 2011 and includes 23,152sqm of office space over 22 floors, rented to tenants on leases with an average duration of more than 8 years. French law firm Fidal is the main occupant with Wirpo Technologies, Polycome communications and duty free trade firm Aelia among other tenants.

    Malaysia's EPF receives around €0.5bn each month from its 13.6 million members who make a compulsory 11% monthly contribution, with employers adding a further 12%. The fund's assets under management were recorded at around €150bn at the end of March 2014. Fund allocations are at 25% in Malaysian government securities, 28% in bonds, 39% equities, 4% in money markets and 2% in real estate and infrastructure.

    French real estate has enjoyed significant buoyance in recent years in both commercial and residential markets, with foreign investment at record levels. In residential markets, investors are capitalising on France's position as the most popular tourist destination in the world, seeking bargains in areas such as Languedoc-Roussillon, Poitou-Charentes and Rhône-Alpes.

    Commercial buying activity is generally a prelude to expansion in local real estate markets and so it's a good idea for residential property investors to catch on the coat-tails of large conglomerates and look for bargains where large-scale transactions are increasing as it indicates growth potential.

     


    Article by +Roxanne James on behalf of Propertyshowrooms.com