"Finding the ""French"" in Property"

Finding the "French" in Property

Deconstructing Saint-Tropez
Photo by Erica Simone


French Property Insider

October 29, 2009
Paris, France

Bonjour French Property Insider Subscriber,

This week my favorite plumber is installing the piping and "ballons" in the studio and "studette" I call "Le Saint-Tropez" and "La Brigitte." This is in advance of laying the "chape" and the "carrelages" on the floor of both "pieces," necessary before any more work can be done. He is surrounded by rubble and crumbling walls resulting from the total demolition of the apartment for pre-renovation preparation coupled with the "ravalement" of the exterior of the building.

I learn many new terms in French with each new renovation project as each requires something a bit different. Communicating with the "plombier," the "entrepreneur" and les "ouvriers" is essential to the "chantier" going smoothly. I’m handling this project myself and have subcontracted the plumber, a "mosaiste" and "trompe l’oeil" artist to add the finishing touches. My goal is turn this 17th-century "nid" into a "bijou" that will make every guest’s vacation in Paris absolute magic.

As a by-product of this new vocabulary comes a deeper understanding of French and the necessity of fluency. In today’s issue, we bring you a bit of insight into the language crossovers as well as some helpful tools so you can manage your own "chantier" (and life in France) with confidence.

France tops the list again for quality of life in Europe. This is no surprise to us who love living here! Read all about it in today’s issue and download the full report.

You’re going to love some of the other tidbits of news we have in store for you in today’s issue of FPI — including the latest in wrist gear designed to keep your lungs healthy. And for Hot Properties?…French properties that need renovation…of course!

A bientôt,

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

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Volume VII, Issue 43, October 29, 2009

In this issue:

* Discover Quality Living in France
* When French Gets in Your Head
* Templates for Addressing Common Problems
* House Hunters International Returns
* Positive Talk on French Property Growing
* Life Style: Notaires Provide Practical Consultations
* FPI Fractional Property Offerings
* Checking Property Values on Your French iPhone
* Moneycorp: Take the Risk Out of Currency Conversion
* Lifestyle: Using Your Watch to Breath Better
* How You Can Get A Free Consultation With Adrian Leeds
* Parler Paris Apartments: Fall Discounts Expire Soon
* Hot Property Picks: Wreck Renovate Restore
* Properties on the Block for Next Notaires’ Auction
* Property Show in November: Focus on Luxury
* How You Can Obtain a Mortgage in France
* Parler Paris Après-Midi: Next Gathering Nov. 17th
* Managing Your FPI Subscription
* Subscribers Receive Discount on Insider Paris Guides

France Tops European List for Quality of Life


Fly to Let (rental) property investors may be tempted to eventually live, as well as rent out properties, in France following a new survey which puts it at the top of the European list of countries
for quality of life.

The survey comes on the back of another recent report which showed that mortgage demands for properties in France are on the rise.

Alistair Lockhart, Sales & Marketing Manager, The French Property Agents (FPA), said: “France has a stable housing market with no historic peaks and troughs. The concept of a property ladder is only just beginning to take hold in France – young French people, who five years ago would have seen renting as their only option are now looking to get on that ladder.

“They are seeing property as a long term capital growth proposition and the government is making it easier for first time buyers to reach the first rung. This is great news for the rest of the property market as it will stimulate demand and growth.

“Prices now in France, especially in popular areas, do seem to be bottoming out and we are receiving plenty of buyer enquiries from UK clients. Because prices at the moment are more realistic we are noticing a great deal of interest from US and UK investors. September and October have been very busy months for FPA, with an increase in the number of houses going on the market and good mortgage deals available.

“We are predicting that prices will rise by the back end of 2010, so now is definitely the time to buy and experience the French quality of life.

“It comes as no surprise to those of us living and working in France, that the country should top a quality of life poll.

“The French have a different attitude to lifestyle, placing security and a good balance between work and leisure time ahead of pure monetary factors. The French in essence work to live, while the Brits [and Americans] live to work! Health and welfare are priorities in a country where there is still plenty of land and space and population density on average is low…

Read the entire article at http://www.fly-2let.co.uk/news308.html.

Editor’s Note: Read a copy of the entire report on our Web site at http://www.adrianleeds.com/frenchproperty/insider/members/content/quality_of_life_report.pdf.

"Trouvé" (Found) in Translation
By Adrian Leeds

Excerpt from Parler Paris Nouvellettre®
Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Sure, today I should be writing about "Halloween" in Paris, but now I know it as "La Toussaint" (All Saints Day). That’s because I’m losing the English language.

La Toussaint is November 1st, when French Catholics celebrate their illustrious saints. That makes sense: "tous saint" or "all saints." It’s fairly literal — no wonder why it sticks on the tongue.

So many French words do…now that my level of French has improved and the English translation can be easily forgotten. In a conversation last night with a New York friend who spends a few months a year here in her "pied-à-terre" (apartment which serves a ‘foothold’ in Paris) with a beautiful view on the "Marais" (district in Paris that centuries ago was swampland) just "en face" (in front) of the Saint-Paul "Métro" (subway) station, it was difficult to come up with the English words for much of my own dialog.

It’s not that I speak French so much. In fact, it’s really rather pathetic how bad my level of French is considering a 15-year full time residence in the land of Francophones. As an Anglophone, one can exist here his entire life with barely any French at all. (The French have become quite fluent in English and love to show it off.) But I must admit, it wouldn’t be quite as much fun as it is mixing and matching the languages to suit one’s own expression.

There simply are lots of words in French that have no good English equivalent. For example, now that I’m knee deep in the construction dust of the renovation of my studio and "studette" (very small studio apartment), words that apply to the project seem to roll off the tongue in French easier than in English. The "chantier" (construction project) is what everyone calls it as if it were as "formidable" (grand) as "un château" (castle). The "plombier" (plumber) wants to know where to install the "robinet" (tap) and the "massons" (masons) are about to lay the "chape" (coating or covering), in this case of "beton" (concrete) before laying the "carrelages" (tiles) on the "sol" (floor).

The "Franglais" seems to be creeping into my vocabulary more and more, just as English has infiltrated the French language, too. Newly created French words pop up everyday as the French adopt the words in English for which there is no good equivalent in French. "D’accord" has easily become "okay" and

;le weekend" became "au courant" (fully familiar) for exactly what it is long ago. Instead of "les nouvelles" you will hear someone ask a friend, "Donne-moi de tes ‘news.’" And now with the world of "cyberspace," "courrier électronique" or "courriel" is now of course, "email" (which in French ‘used’ to mean "enamel!").

There’s a long list of words we have shared for centuries such as "armoire," "cliché," "entrepreneur," "liaison" and "rapport" — words that clearly had no good equivalent in English so we adopted them as our own. This crossing or "mariage" of cultures is being expressed in the language every day so that at some point perhaps we won’t recognize the difference between the French and the English at all.

That’s what’s happening now to tie my tongue. I’m having a personal cross-cultural experience — it’s tough to even discern the difference between the French and the English term in some instances. You may recall it happened a few months ago to the Parler Paris "Newsletter"…when it became the Parler Paris "Nouvellettre®" (although this one cannot be blamed on the French as it’s a creation of mine with the help of some friends).

Editor’s Note: The best online glossary of construction terms French to English I can find is at this link: http://www.mijnwoordenboek.nl/EN/theme/BA/EN/FR/A/1.

French Language Letter Templates for Common Problems
By Craig McGinty


If you need to end an Internet contract or maybe write a letter of complaint about a service, then more than 100 letter templates, in French, are available on the Institut national de la consommation Web site at http://www.conso.net/page/bases.5_vos_droits.1_conseils./Action-rchthm/?doRch=1&idyThm=&idySsThm=&idyTyp=8&sortBy=byDate&Rechercher.x=43&Rechercher.y=8.

The letters will help you resolve disputes and are grouped by topics such as insurance, banking, Internet and money, they are free to download and the majority are available in Word format.

Each letter provides an explanation of how it can be used, then you need to update name and date fields and it is usually wise to send correspondence by registered post, or "lettre recommandée."

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France Property Making the News but not Yet the Headlines


France property has been in the news a lot this week. Firstly the country came first in a Uswitch table of the best place in Europe to live, which would automatically make lifestyle buyers have another look at French property according to pundits.

Then Property Frontiers recommended that the tourist areas in the south of France are the best in the country for investment, highlighting leasebacks with 7% returns guaranteed for 25 years as the best products.

Then a report from Colliers highlighted the stabilization in the commercial sector of the French property market, where sales accelerated in the second quarter.

There has been increasing coverage of markets like France in recent weeks as the great British appetite for overseas property begins to return…


the entire article at http://www.property-abroad.com/france/news-story/france-property-making-the-news-but-not-yet-the-headlines-988.

Salon Nouveau Départ (November 7 – 8, 2009)

The first salon in France concerning divorce, separation and widowhood takes place this coming November 7-8 at the Espace Champeret . On this occasion, the Chambre de Notaires de Paris will have a stand where Notaires will be on hand to provide consultations.

Espace Champeret
1 avenue de la Porte de Champeret
75017 Paris
M° Louise Michel)
Saturday, November 7, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, November 8, 11 a.m to 6 p.m.

To review the program in detail, visit http://www.nouveaudepart.fr.

To acquire free invitations, visit the Centre d’Information de la Chambre des Notaires de Paris at 1, boulevard de Sébastopol, Paris 1st.

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Augmented Reality Real Estate Valuations

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French company MeilleurAgents.com (”best agents”) has released a mobile Android application that displays the value of every single building in Paris (value is displayed in price per square meter).

The application is very similar to Zillow’s iPhone app (see Zillow Takes Zestimates to the Streets); which also displays home values – but for me, the street level view is far more visually exciting than the top-down, satellite view presented in Zillow’s app.

The MeilleurAgents.com app uses the Layar Reality browser, and the app will be available shortly for the iPhone 3GS in France…

Read the entire article (with a video of the application at work) at http://www.futureofrealestatemarketing.com/augmented-reality-real-estate-valuations.



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Watch Lets Crowds Monitor Air Quality in Paris


Air quality is a matter of urgent concern to residents of most large cities, and Paris is no exception. There are currently only 10 public sensors monitoring that important variable in the City of Lights, however, so a new initiative now aims to equip everyday citizens with a special device that can measure and report air-quality data regularly for collective use.

The Green Watch, or Montre Verte, is a specially equipped device worn on the wrist that includes not just a time piece but also a GPS chip, a Bluetooth chip, and ozone and noise sensors. At scheduled times—or on request of the wearer—the watch measures and saves air-quality and noise data, describing them in qualitative terms such as "good" or "bad." Those values are then returned to the user via the screen of his or her mobile phone in the image of an eye, where the co lour of the eye’s pupil indicates air quality while that of the iris represents noise. Finally, via the mobile phone, the watch sends the data to an open platform called Citypulse, either in real time via the mobile carrier or by synchronization when the user hooks the watch up to his or her computer…

Read the entire article at http://www.springwise.com/eco_sustainability/lamontreverte/.

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HOT PROPERTY PICKS: Wreck Renovate Restore

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 opportunities throughout France, in need of renovation or restoration.

*** St André de Lidon: Two-bedroom+, approx. 115m²

Situated in a hamlet close to the village of St André de Lidon in the south of Charente Maritime, traditional house for modernization. Possible to live in the property while carrying out the work. On the ground floor there is a lounge with fireplace, kitchen, bathroom and wc. Upstairs there is a large landing and two bedrooms. Attached to the property is a barn of 53m² which could be extended into. Across the lane are various outbuildings together with the garden of approx 700m². Ideal opportunity for creation of a guest annexe or even gîtes with the outbuildings.

Asking Price: € 91 500 + 2.5% Finder’s Fee



*** Chabanais: Three-bedroom+, approx. 100m²

Set in a quiet village 2kms from Chabanais. Available with furniture if required. 2 rooms on the ground floor – possible to make into one room 45m² also shower room and wc. First floor – large landing 20m² used as a bedroom, 2nd bedroom, store room to renovate – will make 3rd bedroom or bathroom and wc. The attached barn has garage and workshop space and also houses the C/H boiler and fuel tank. The attached garden is half lawn and half vegetable plot with a small chicken run.

Asking Price: € 113 400 + 2.5% Finder’s Fee



*** Paris: One-bedroom, approx. 55m²

On a charming and little-traveled street in the northern 16th arrondissement, near avenue Victor Hugo and Étoile, a sunny and quiet pied-à-terre in need of full renovation. Situated on the first floor of an attractive building with elevator constructed in 1975, the apartment has parquet floors, balcony, separate kitchen and a cellar storage space. The building is well maintained and has a pretty courtyard garden.

Asking Price: € 399 000 + 2.5% Finder’s Fee



*** Paris: Three-bedroom, approx. 107m²

This three bed apartment is located in the central, 3rd arrondissement. Close by you will find the famous place La République. Situated on the third floor without elevator, this apartment is composed of three bedrooms and an open plan kitchen, and a large living room which creates a warm and welcoming space. There are also two bathrooms, one with Jacuzzi and two toilets. This apartment needs renovation, but has great potential.

Asking Price: € 819 000 + 2.5% Finder’s Fee


The Next Notaires’ Property Auction

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:

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  The following properties will be auctioned off November 10, 2009:    


2 Rooms 44m²
5/7 rue de la Comète
75007 – PARIS 7eme
Starting Bid: 252 000,00 €
Sold For: 50 400,00 €




2 Rooms 59m²
78 Boulevard de la Tour Maubourg
75007 – PARIS 7eme
Starting Bid: 540 000,00 €
Deposit: 108 000,00 €



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