"La Rentrée, Renovations and Rentals"

La Rentrée, Renovations and Rentals

Isle Saint-Louis

 

French Property Insider

August 27, 2009
Paris, France
http://adrianleeds.com/frenchproperty/insider


Bonjour French Property Insider Subscriber,

The summer is coming to an end with everyone making their way back to their normal life for "La Rentrée" beginning this coming Monday. We’ve been operating with a skeleton crew the entire month of August so it will be a great pleasure to see everyone’s relaxed faces once again and get back to business and normal life in France.

We have a lot in store for you today in French Property Insider — the announcement of three new apartment rentals offered by Parler Paris Apartments and an update of Le Palace des Vosges planning an upcoming inauguration on September 2nd. Next week we’ll have a full disclosure of the inauguration activities with photos of the finished property.

Today’s issue also includes a variety of articles related to renovation requirements and restrictions, plus, how to choose rural locations that have good long term rental potential.

Hot properties focuses on our beloved Ile Saint-Louis, which is having much controversially over a massive renovation that threatens to destroy historical property. This is a spot in the City of Light that is guaranteed to generate strong rental revenues, but can be one of the most expensive property purchases one can make.

"En plus," enjoy a few tidbits from sister publications you may find of interest. Happy "La Rentrée" and hope you had a wonderful summer.

A bientôt,

Adrian Leeds
Adrian LeedsEditor, French Property Insider
Email: [email protected]


P.S. If you are planning on visiting Paris this fall, then be sure to book your apartment accommodations now as it’s filling up quickly. Try one of our new apartments! Visit http://www.parlerparisapartmens.com for details.


Volume VII, Issue 34, August 27, 2009

In this issue:

* New Apartment Rentals Announced
* Renovations May Need Permissions
* Will Hôtel Lambert Be Destroyed?
* Renovations Planned for Pitt/Jolie Château Miraval
* Le Palace des Vosges Debut Set
* FPI Fractional Property Offerings
* Register for the Money Matters Conference
* Last Chance: Episode of House Hunters International
* Where Long Term Rentals Offer Best Possibilities
* How You Can Take the Risk Out of Currency Conversion
* Change Comes Slowly to Rural France
* Parler Paris Apartments: Receive Free Consultation!
* Lifestyle: Origins of Couch Potato Found in Paris
* Hot Property Picks: Intriguing Inviting Isle
* Notaires’ Property Auctions Take Summer Break
* Two Property Shows in the Fall
* How You Can Obtain a Mortgage in France
* Parler Paris Après-Midi: Summer Break Almost Over
* Managing Your FPI Subscription
* Subscribers Receive Discount on Insider Paris Guides


Parler Paris Apartments Adds Three New "Pieds-à-Terre"
By Adrian Leeds

Not only are the Paris rentals strong for the fall, but new investors are seeking proper representation of their apartments. Parler Paris Apartments was ‘born’ only three years ago with the development of "Le Provençal" — the studio apartment I purchased and renovated at that time, along with serving the need of our search clients who were seeking a means of reservations, booking and management of their newly purchased properties.

Just today, we added three new apartments to the "bouquet" of properties for short-term rental. This makes a current mix of 16 apartments ranging from studio apartments to three-bedrooms. A fair mix is important to satisfying the rental clients, but we are devoted to making the service available first to our search clients and second to outside investors whose properties fit our high standards.

All Parler Paris Apartments must meet a certain quality standard and be equipped with a long li

st of amenities in order for it to be
considered a viable rental. These standards include:

1. central location well positioned
2. lots of light
3. pleasant views
4. elevator or low level
5. quality or professional decor
6. new bath and kitchen
7. completely equipped for comfort
8. owner-agent partnership
9. quality building
10. neighborhood amenities

Our newest additions fit this criteria, as do all our others. They are:

***Le Saint-Tropez and La Brigitte
http://www.adrianleeds.com/parlerparis/apartments/rentals/saint-tropez.html
Available for Rental December 2009
Rue de Saintonge, 3rd Arrondissement
Le Marais
Air-Conditioned Studio with Large Terrace and an Additional Studette, 4th Floor with Elevator, Sleeps up to 4

Le Saint-Tropez and La Brigitte (named after Brigitte Bardot who made Saint-Tropez famous) are two apartments that may be combined for usage, or singularly rented.

Currently under massive renovation, both are promised to be of the highest luxury with frivolously fun decor created by a Paris "mosaiste" and the owner herself, Adrian Leeds.

Completion is scheduled for the end of November for December occupancy. Those who book earlier than December 15th risk being moved to another Parler Paris Apartment while the last details are attended to. We recommend securing your dates as of December 15th to be confident of your stay there.

* Le Saint Tropez

Le Saint Tropez is a studio apartment of approximately 23 square meters on the 4th floor of a 17th-century Marais building with exposed beams, high ceilings, skylight, an unusual picture window over exposed beams and two French doors leading to a 14 square-meter terrace overlooking rue de Saintonge!

The apartment will be air-conditioned for summer comfort, heated for the winter and the terrace will be planted and furnished for lazy days and evenings in the outdoors where you will be able to dine, relax or check your emails.

The decor is being designed with the help of Martine di Matteo, Veronique Husson, the "Mosaiste" who created "Le Provençal" and Sheila Kern, trompe l’oeil artist. The concept is the recreation of the feeling one gets vacationing in Saint-Tropez, the town on the Riviera "known today for its famous and wealthy guests, its history with the iconic Brigitte Bardot, and its role in the liberation of Southern France in World War II" (Wikipedia.org).

Whether dining at the hand-made mosaic and iron table in front of the unusual picture window or lounging on the terrace with bright sun on your face (the apartment and terrace are southeast exposure with sunlight all day long!), you will be able to imagine yourself on the beach in Saint-Tropez among the rich and famous and with all its outstanding luxury…but in reality, be in the heart of the oldest district of the city of Paris! What could be more perfect?

It will sleep two comfortably in a queen-sized bed, or separated to twin beds for singles traveling together. There will be plenty of storage two unpack your bags and stow them away.

The apartment will have a fully equipped open kitchen with refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave, washer/dryer, espresso machine, electric kettle (and if possible, a dishwasher), not to mention all the dinnerware, silverware, cooking utensils and basic supplies you might need to feel totally at home.

The bath will be luxurious with tub and shower, vanity and sink, toilet, well-lit mirror, hair dryer and plenty of space to keep all your toiletries.

The apartment promises to be the finest creation by Adrian Leeds and her team of professionals — an oasis in the heart of the city’s best district — Le Marais.

* La Brigitte

La Brigitte is a "studette&q

uot; apartment of approximately
8 square meters just a few steps down the corridor from Le Saint-Tropez. It has two large windows overlooking two Marais courtyards plus lots of sky. This is a perfect spot for a third and fourth guest to accompany you while you stay in Le Saint-Tropez. It may be rented as an "add-on" to Le Saint-Tropez.

Like Le Saint-Tropez, it will have the same artistic decor, so nothing will be spared. In this smaller space will be a full bathroom — equipped with a shower, toilet, vanity and sink, plus storage for your belongings. You will be completely comfortable in this tiny "aerie" with your friends just down the hall at Le Saint-Tropez, plus have total privacy.

***Le Bonaparte
http://www.adrianleeds.com/parlerparis/apartments/rentals/bonaparte.html
Rue Bonaparte, 6th Arrondissement
Saint-Germain-des-Prés
Large Studio, Sleeps 2

Le Bonaparte is a charming and beautifully decorated studio apartment overlooking on one of the chicest designer streets in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. On the third floor of a classic "pierre-de-taille" (detailed stone) building, the lovely "pied-à-terre" is equipped with double-paned windows for ultimate quiet, yet when you step out onto the street, everything you could need or desire is within steps.

***L’Elysée
http://www.adrianleeds.com/parlerparis/apartments/rentals/elysee.html
Rue de la Boétie, 8th Arrondissement
Champs-Elysées
Large Studio,5th Floor with Elevator, Sleeps up to 4

L’Eysée is a large, contemporary studio apartment with lots of sun, sky and beautiful views. The large queen-sized bed is raised on a platform that puts you up above living area and adds dimension to the spacious room. The open kitchen is completely equipped with everything you need to make your at-home meals easy and pleasant. Relax on the sofa in front of the large flat-screen TV to watch anything from CNN to French movies after a long day shopping along the Champs-Elysées. For work or just checking emails, the desk in one corner is the prefect respite while the sun pours in.

For a business person seeking immediate access to the heart of Paris business activity or the vacationer seeking a central location from which most monuments are easily reached, L’Elysée is perfect home away from home.

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Reservations are easily made by visiting each apartment’s Web page, checking the availability calendars and making a selection on an electronic request form. That form is received in our office and a quote for the rental rate is then issued to the potential tenant. If the renter agrees, a contract is then sent outlining the details of the rental. He then proceeds to complete, sign and fax back the contract to secure his stay at the apartment with a 50% deposit taken by credit card. The renter makes full payment upon arrival by any payment method and is greeted by a concierge person, who is then on call for any questions or problems during the term of the stay.

Editor’s Notes: If you have an apartment that needs representation, and fits the Parler Paris Apartments criteria, contact Rental Manager, John Rule, at apartme[email protected].


Getting the Proper Building Permissions
By Adrian Leeds

If you’re about to raze a building, construct a building or renovate a building, you will need various permits by law, however, if it’s a simple apartment renovation, then there may be nothing outside of posting a polite sign warning your neighbors of potential noise…or there may be complicated approvals which you must acquire.

When you are visiting apartments for purchase, 99 times out of 100 the property will require renovation, if not at least a fresh coat of paint. If you change nothing structural, then you may happily repaint the walls, polish the floors and furnish the apartment without anyone’s permission.

If, however, you wish to change or remove a supporting wall, or make any changes to the exterior of the building, then you will need at least permission by the "copropriété" (homeowners association) if not the permission of city planners and architects, depending on the nature of the building.

France protects its historic centers and monuments, thanks to laws initiated by André Malraux in the early 1960s. The law lists not only structures, but can protect entire neighborhoods and country estates, plus gardens, bridges and other structures because of their architectural and historical importance. Any changes made to classified stru

ctures or other ar
chitectural aspects, must have the approval of the Architects de Bâtiments de France (ABF).

In the case of "Le Palace des Vosges," the fractional ownership property located in the Place des Vosges that at one time was a stable before becoming a space of storage and later a residence, the facade was first reviewed by the ABF for their recommendations, then the proposed plans were submitted to the City Hall of Paris for approval and then underwent final approval by the copropriété. Without these permissions, any changes would have been subject to risk of legal action.

Getting the permissions is no easy task. If the copropriété is the sole authority, then a special meeting can be called to discuss your request for change, or it can be presented at the next annual meeting. This may sound simple, but the association is made up of the owners of the apartments in the building who each may have a different opinion on the validity of your request and therefore you risk refusal…often for no really good reason. Other owners may even take the initiative to prevent any renovation work due to a noise factor, even if it has nothing to do with the building’s structure.

We generally recommend avoiding work that requires these permissions, for simplicity sake, although that’s not always possible. If not, then we highly recommend consulting with a property consultant or attorney who can help you achieve the proper permissions as painlessly as possible.


Parisians Castigate ‘Ignorant’ Plans for Hôtel Lambert
By Lizzy Davies

http://www.guardian.co.uk

For centuries it has been a haven of cultural refinement, a stunningly beautiful mansion in which Chopin composed, George Sand wrote and Voltaire lived with his mistress.

But according to a group of furious Parisian luminaries, the Hôtel Lambert is facing "imminent disaster" from the modernising zeal of its new owner, a member of the Qatari royal family.

Plans to renovate the 17th-century building and fit it out with an array of modern conveniences such as lifts, air-conditioning and an underground car park have provoked the rage of architects, historians and glamorous former residents, who have gone to court in an attempt to halt them.

Armed with a petition of about 8,000 signatures from concerned citizens, lawyers for the Historic Paris association are arguing that the plans should be abandoned in the interests of national pride, and denounce the French government’s move to approve the project as "illegal".

"This decision, which bears witness to an intolerable ignorance of the nature of a structure this significant … raises doubts about the ability of our country to take care of the management of its own heritage," said Jean-François Cabestan, an architect, and Pierre Housieaux, president of Historic Paris, in a letter of protest.

Ever since it was put up for sale by banking magnate Guy de Rothschild shortly before his death in 2007 and swiftly snapped up for an estimated €80m (£69m) by a brother of the Emir of Qatar, the future of the Lambert has been the subject of frenzied speculation by those who believe its history as intellectual playground is too special for it to be ignored.

Architects and politicians from the Commission for Old Paris first sounded the alarm bells in December, when news of the planned modernisation first emerged.

But those concerns were passed over in June by the government, which insists the building is in a "very bad state" and needs urgent work to save it from further decay.

Speaking in court last week, a lawyer for the Lambert’s owner said the plans put forward were "exemplary".

But that view is not shared by his distinguished neighbours on the Ile St Louis. "[The works] risk ruining this exceptional architectural singularity," said the composer Henri Dutilleux, who has lived nearby for more than 50 years.

He has been joined in his protest by a string of celebrities including the comedian Guy Bedos, singer Georges Moustaki and film star Michèle Morgan, who owned an apartment in the Lambert for 20 years…

To read the entire article go to http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/aug/23/hotel-lambert-paris-france.

Photo credit: Benoit Tessier.


Pitt and Jolie Begin Renovations on Château Miraval

http://www.sindhtoday.net

Hollywood couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are spending 45 million

p
ounds transforming a French chateau into a dream home for themselves and their six children.

The pair have completed the purchase of the 35 million pound 17th-century Château Miraval, set on a 1,000-acre estate in Provence and now they plan to splash out 10 million pounds more turning the pile into the “love nest of all love nests”, reports themirror.co.uk.

They have applied to renovate all 35 bedrooms to give them a “contemporary feel” and want to add jacuzzis, steam rooms and a spa, and to install a new gym, an expanded wine cellar – and even a motorbike track for Pitt, 45.

They also plan to improve its helicopter landing facilities, so they can fly in and out with their children – Maddox, seven, Pax, five, four-year old Zahara, and biological daughter Shiloh, three, and their year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.

“We’re trying to spend more time in the South of France, because our kids have a more normal life there,” said Pitt.

He also admitted he’s still struggling to master the language.

Security around the house will be improved hugely, to include a surveillance center, spy cameras, alarms, and infra-red sensors.

The property comes with a vineyard, swimming pool, moat, lake and forest, and a three-mile long driveway up to the main house.

The cascading stone-walled terraces have been replanted with 13 different varieties of olives, and there are 20 fountains and aqueducts…

To read the entire article go to http://www.sindhtoday.net/news/1/44599.htm.


Get Ready to Inaugurate Le Palace des Vosges
By Adrian Leeds

We’re in the final stages of completion of Le Palace des Vosges. Wednesday, September 2nd, a select group of aficionados will be toasting it’s "birth" at an official inauguration of the property. Next week we will report on the event and have photographs and a videos for review.

To date, six out of 13 four-week shares have been purchased and the share prices have increased.

Shares 1 through 4: SOLD OUT
Shares 5 through 10: 158,900€
Shares 11 through 13: 177,900€

* Annual maintenance, taxes and fees are estimated to be approximately 1,950€ per share.

To reserve a share, a Deposit of 15,000€ and a signed Purchase Contract and Escrow Agreement must be submitted. The funds are transferred to an escrow account held by The International Law Partnership,LLP, London. A Complete Document Package follows shortly for a complete review with which the purchase of the property is confirmed and share paid for in full.

If you are interested in purchasing a share, or have any questions, please visit http://www.palacedesvosges.com or send an email request to Mary Ellen Gallagher at [email protected]


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The Best Seven Regions For Long Term Rentals In France

http://travelarea.blogspot.com

With so many people now owning second homes in France and struggling to pay the mortgage back home it might be worth considering the viability of offering their French homes as long term lets to the still hungry French property seeking market.

But, where are the best places to own a place right now? What regions are the most popular at this time (Aug. 2009)?…

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ze="2" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Here’s a run down of the top 7 most popular regions in France for people seeking long term lets, ranked on actual LetsRentPropertyInFrance.com page views between August 21st 2008 and Aug. 21st 2009 using Google Analytics.

1) Languedoc The Languedoc is bounded by Auvergne, the Midi-Pyrénées, Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur, the Mediterranean sea, and Spain.

The Cévennes Mountains cover much of the old province, reaching their highest point in the northeast. The southern part is a low coastal plain along the Mediterranean sea, where the Languedoc region enjoys a typically Mediterranean climate. Long Term Lets In Languedoc

2) Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur is located in the south-east France. The western border of the region consists of the plains of Comtat, Crau, and Camargue. The regions boundaries are the Rhone River to the west, the Mediterranean Sea to the south and Italy to the east, which is dominated by the Alpes.

The region is rich in flower fields, vineyards, orchards and olive and mulberry groves. The capital of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur is Marseille and other principal cities are Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Cannes, Nice and Toulon. Long Term Lets In Provence

3) Aquitaine – Dordogne From the flat, sandy plains and pine forests of the Landes to the beautiful lagoon of the Bassin d’Arcachon… Aquitaine is immensely diverse. Bordeaux is one of the best and most established wine growing regions in France, with brandy lovers visiting the town of Cognac.

Towards the Pyrenees a Spanish feel takes hold in the popular resorts of Bayonne and Biarritz and the valley of the Dordogne provides a sharp contrast. With its old stone houses, gentle rolling hills and high quality of life, the Dordogne region – and the town of Eymet in particular – is a magnet for Britons looking to start a new life abroad. Long Term Lets In The Aquitaine, Dordogne…

To read the entire article go to http://travelarea.blogspot.com/2009/08/best-7-regions-for-long-term-lets-in.html.


 

 

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Rural France Resists Change
By David Yeates

http://lets-rent-property-in-france.blogspot.com

A new report on land use in France shows just why many international buyers view France as an attractive place to buy a rural retreat.

The report, from the European Commission, classifies only 5% of the surface area of the country as ‘urban land’.

The vast majority of the country is composed of either agricultural land (60%), or forest and other natural space (34%). The balance is made up of semi-humid or wet areas.
By contrast, the percentage area of urban la

nd in
the United Kingdom is nearly 14%, three times higher than in France, a figure that rises to nearly 20% for England alone.

It is, therefore, not very surprising that surveys of French property buyers regularly show that one of the main attractions of France is the comparative tranquillity of the country.

France has 113 inhabitants per km², whilst the UK has a density of 251 inhabitants per km², the highest in Europe.

While the report shows that agricultural land is having to give way to new development, it is happening at a snail’s pace. Only 0.7% of the land area has changed use since the last survey was undertaken in 2000.

Clearly, the pre-eminent importance of French agriculture is one explanation for the dominance of the countryside, but another equally important reason is the nature of the land in France, with large mountainous areas and huge forests in different parts of the country, as well as the presence of ancient moorlands in the Landes and Sologne.

French Planning controls on development in the countryside have also been tightened in the last few years, as local councils seek to focus new development within and around existing settlement areas…

To read the entire article go to http://lets-rent-property-in-france.blogspot.com/2009/08/rural-france-resists-change.html.

Photo credit: Fleur Hallam.


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1-Bedroom, Sleeps Up to 4

Sunny, bright and newly decorated, there are two main rooms, both opening through French doors to a balcony with plants, a bistro table and chairs; plus a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom with tub and shower, and separate toilet. The bedroom has a new, very comfortable queen size bed. The living room has a new modern sofa that converts to a comfortable, extra-long double bed, as well as a dining table and chairs. All rooms open separately to the entry hall; the two main rooms can be separated as well.

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The Couch Potato Was Born in Paris
By Julie Scelfo

http://www.nytimes.com

It may seem strange to think of the sofa as an agent of cultural change. Yet “The Age of Comfort: When Paris Discovered Casual — And the Modern Home Began” ($28), a new book by Joan DeJean, a cultural historian, shows how it not only helped transform the way homes were designed but also struck a blow to longstanding norms of social order.

In a phone interview from her apartment in Paris, where she lives when she is not teaching at the University of Pennsylvania, Ms. DeJean (above) explained how things like the casual feeling of American living rooms and the fact that our bedrooms are considered private are a direct result of what took place in Paris between 1670 and 1765.

I’ve never thought of my sofa as more than a place to relax. How did the sofa’s appearance in the 17th century influence the way we live now?

It’s a piece of furniture that people will be comfortable and casual in, and that is the way the world has moved virtually nonstop since. As a result of being comfortable and casual, the definitions of manners shift. Rules change. At first, manners would have said you can’t lounge on a sofa. Later on, manuals are rewritten to discuss how to cross your legs on the sofa.

What were domestic spaces in large homes like before 1670?

There weren’t entire rooms set aside for private activities. Beds were in what was essentially a big, open room and moved around as needed. People ate in that room, entertained there. Before indoor toilets, they would just bring a little stool into the room and change the pan…

To read the entire article go to http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/27/garden/27qa.html?_r=1.

Photo credit: Valerio Mezanotti for The New York Times.


HOT PROPERTY PICKS: Intriguing Inviting Isle

Each week French Property Insider features a range of properties which we believe are on the market at the time of writing. These properties are featured in order to give readers a sample of what is currently available and a working example of prices being asked in various regions of France and districts of Paris.

This week we focus on some interesting property opportunities on the Isle Saint-Louis.

*** Isle St. Louis: One-bedroom, approx. 35m²

In a 17th Century Building on the 2nd Floor. The apartment was recently Renovated. It is sunny and calm, with courtyard views and consists of a living room, separate equipped kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and Wc. It has high ceilings, Eagle-eye building entry security. The building and apartment in good condition and offered at a good price.

Asking Price: € 405 900 + 2.5% Finder’s Fee

 

   

*** Isle St. Louis: Three-bedroom, approx. 121m²

Luxury apartment on the famous ILE SAINT LOUIS. Views of the Seine. This unique apartment includes a spacious living room, open plan kitchen/dining room, three large bedrooms, and two bathrooms.

Asking Price: € 2 400 000 + 2.5% Finder’s Fee

 

   

*** Isle St. Louis: Three-bedroom, approx. 110m²

Exceptional offering in the heart of Ile Saint Louis, in the 4th arrondissement in Paris. Apartment with 110 m2 living space, plus a 160 m2 private garden. Entrance hall, sitting/dining room opening onto the garden, equipped kitchen, 3 bedrooms including a master suite opening onto the garden, each bedroom has a bathroom or shower room, guest wc. Linen/laundry room. Possibility of a rented parking space. Landscaped garden, automatic watering system, lighting etc.

Asking Price: € 3 215 000 + 2.5% Finder’s Fee

 

   

*** Isle St. Louis: Two-bedroom, approx. 311m²

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Located on the elegant quai de Béthune, on Paris’s Ile Saint-Louis, a stunning 1647 “hôtel particulier.” Goes by the name of Coomans or Richelieu – from Cardinal’s great-grand-nephew, Louis-François-Armand du Plessis de Richelieu. Built by illustrious architect Jean Androuet du Cerceau, the building’s main floor consists of a grand reception area, “a truly magical space that takes guests four centuries back in time,” notes the Barnes agency. The salon and dining room are fitted with Versailles-style parquet floors, ceilings embossed with period medallions and wood-framed mezzanine galleries where musicians of the era would perform to the party guests below. The entire 311 sq m structure – which includes a second dining room, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, study, kitchen and dressing room – has been impeccably maintained with much of its original décor intact, thanks to artisan-led restorations. This exquisite home features a terrace and veranda, and comes with two parking spots and two vaulted cellars.

Asking Price: € 10 000 000 + 2.5% Finder’s Fee

   
       
       

Summer Break for Notaires’ Property Auctions

Notaires de Paris
Place du Châtelet
12 avenue Victoria
Paris 1st

 

Additional information on Les Ventes aux Enchères des Notaires can be found on the Web site at www.encheres-Paris.com.

To read Schuyler Hoffman’s article about the property auctions in Paris, click on:
www.adrianleeds.com/frenchproperty/insider/members/content/articles/auctions1.html

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