Reviewing the Year and Holiday Cheer

Reviewing the Year and Holiday Cheer


Christmas in the South of France

French Property Insider

December 25, 2008
Paris, France

Bonjour French Property Insider Subscriber,

The end of the year is always a time for looking back, evaluating, moving forward into the new year. That’s what this issue is all about. We’re taking a look back at French Property Insider over the last year and selecting what we feel are some of the best and important articles for you to review during the holidays. We’ve also thrown in a few just for fun…

Because this issue contains so many articles, we decided to include a portion of each article here with a link to the full article in the original issue.

We want to thank each of you for being loyal subscribers and supporters. We don’t underestimate the value you bring to our efforts here in France. The entire team at French Property Insider and the Adrian Leeds Group, LLC wish you a very merry Christmas, an extraordinarily happy Chanukah and a splendid New Year!

A bientt,

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

P.S. We’re planning our upcoming Living and Investing in France Real Estate Conference in New Orleans March 21-22 now! Soon you’ll be able to reserve your seat, but if you’re at all interested in attending, be sure to email Schuyler Hoffman at [email protected].

Volume VI, Issue 52, December 25, 2008

In this issue:

* Uderstanding Property Price Reports
* Holiday Tradition on the Riviera
* What Your Money Buys You in France
* Know the Ins and Outs of Renovation
* How to Buy Your Property Now and Pay Later
* Creating Your Own Fractional Ownership Property
* Fractional Ownership Offerings
* Why Invest in France?
* Today’s Currency Update from Moneycorp
* BPI Announces Financing for Fractional Ownership
* How to Negotiate for the Property You Want
* Getting Stoned in France
* Renting Your Property for Profit
* Deviling the Details to Rent Your Property
* Discovering the Niceties of Nice
* Paying Taxes on Your Rental Revenues
* French Property Mortgage Assistance
* Parler Paris Apartments — La Table du Roi!
* Parler Paris Après-Midi: When and Where We Meet Next
* Managing Your FPI Subscription

How to Understand the Reported Property Prices
By Adrian Leeds

January 24, 2008

I can’t stress this enough. Before you read the following article and look at the most current reported property statistics, please learn HOW to understand them so that they will be useful to you…

Read the full article at


The Tradition of the Christmas Manger Figures on the French Riviera


Edited by Schuyler Hoffman

src="" align="left" width="234" height="174">The Christmas crib figures (also called “santons”) are small clay-made statuettes that traditionally give life to the manger during the yuletide season. They originally symbolised Christendom and were considered as worship objects, but nowadays they are regarded as true collection objects and may be represented in everyday life situations.

Making a manger with santons is a tradition that is an heirloom handed down from generation to generation. The santons lovers describe the manger construction as a magical moment, meticulous and well thought out. Each person can add Christmas figures for their time to turn the manger into a true reflection of the traditions and the popular history of Provence.

This tradition dates from the 13 century, when the santons were introduced in Provence by the Franciscan monks. The idea grew during the Revolution, when the Midnight Mass and the church mangers were forbidden. But on the French Riviera, people were very attached to their mangers. A little factory devoted itself to Christmas figures manufacture, and having a personal manger at home became very popular…

Editor’s note: To read the full article go to

What Does Your Money Buy You in France?
By Adrian Leeds

February 14, 2008

In 1997, 150,000 euros would have bought you a 4-room apartment in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin on the Côte d’Azur. Today that budget will buy you 4 rooms in Marseille. In Paris, it will buy you a "studette" and little more.

Add 100,000 euros to your budget (250,000 euros) and you can buy a 2-room apartment in the 15th district of Paris, but 10 years ago, it would have afforded you a 4-room apartment in chick Villefranche-sur-Mer…

Read the full article at

Living and Investing in France Real Estate Conference
March 21-22, 2009 New Orleans

Mark your calendars and start searching for great airfares to come to the "Big Easy" (New Orleans) for the 23rd Living and Investing in France Real Estate Conference!

Living and Investing in France Real Estate Conference March 21-22, 2009 New Orleans, Louisiana Stay tuned for more information or email: [email protected]


The Red Tape and Expected Costs of Renovating
By Adrian Leeds

March 6, 2008

Almost any property you purchase in France will require renovation…to some degree. If you’re purchasing an investment property in Paris designed for rental revenue, than the renovation will likely be key to the success of the rental and therefore cost more than normal to bring the property up to a standard that will guarantee that success. We traditionally suggest allowing approximately at least 1,500€ per square meter to do so. If the property is for your own use, you will have a broader choice of standards, but beware, it could be less, but it also could be much more…

Read the full article at

Let Someone Else Pay for Your French Property…Or How to Buy Now, Pay Later
By Adrian Leeds

April 3, 2008

Now is still the time to buy property in France. The French property market remains stable, the interest rates offered by French lenders is still low and both the British pound and U.S. dollar continue to weaken against the euro. Those who ‘wait and see’ will be ‘missing
the boat’
watching it leave the harbor with them standing on the platform kissing their opportunity goodbye…

Read the full article at


Design Your Own Fractional Ownership Property
With "French Property Fractional"

By Adrian Leeds

April 24, 2008

A new division of the Adrian Leeds Group, LLC, "French Property Fractional" is the newest and hottest way to own your piece of Paris simply, easily and inexpensively without the hassles of purchasing it on your own, but with all the benefits of doing it yourself.

What’s Fractional Ownership…

Read the full article at


Fractional Property Offerings from French Property Fractional

If you are interested in traditional fractional ownership properties currently offered by our Fractional Ownership partners, see below:


Paris: La Rsidence Luxembourg


Place des Vosges


Le Petit Tresor Paris: LE PETIT TRESOR
Chez la Tour Paris: CHEZ LA TOUR
Maison Bleue Languedoc-Roussillon: MAISON BLEUE

10 Reasons to Invest in France

May 22, 2008

1) France is the most visited country in the world, receiving over 79 million visitors annually (including business visitors, but excluding people staying less than 24 hours.)

2) There is a short supply of properties. It is estimated that France needs to build 500,000 homes a year to meet demand…

Read the full article at


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MoneycorpVisit the FPI Web site and click on the link on the left panel or click here for Currency Convertor by Moneycorp Global Money Services: Moneycorp Currency Conversion Tool for up to the minute conversions of all major currencies.

Compare currency values easily and quickly by visiting: Convertor by Moneycorp Global Money Services/Currency Online.asp

Charts: The charts are updated every ten seconds.

The prices shown are "inter bank" exchange rates and are not the rates that you will be offered by Moneycorp. Your rate will be determined by the amount of currency that you are buying. Please speak with an Moneycorp dealer or your consultant for a live quotation.

BPI Finances Fractional Properties
By Adrian Leeds

June 5, 2008

Banque Patrimoine et Immobilier (BPI), the lender that created the "Zero Plus Loan Option" (as presented in FPI in the March 27, 2008 issue: is now offering mortgage capability to shareholders in a fractional ownership property…

Read the full article at


How to Score the Property You Want: The Art of Negotiation
By Adrian Leeds

June 12, 2008

Negotiating the purchase of a property in France has little relation to what you may have experienced in the U.S. or other Anglo-Saxon culture. So, it’s best to remove all preconceived notions about the strategy before proceeding on the French property market.

Some very basic understandings of the system will help guide you through the process to a successful negotiation…

Read the full article at


Get Stoned in France
By Adrian Leeds

June 19, 2008

Sure, everyone my age knows what it’s like to get "stoned" — but what I’m talking about doesn’t go up in smoke.

Getting "stoned" in our language has the name "Pierre" (French for "stone"). Confused?

The point is that anything made of stone is heavily sought-after–cobblestoned streets, stone houses, the Rosetta Stone and Sharon Stone…

Read the full article at


Renting Your Paris Property for Profit
By Adrian Leeds

July 17, 2008

One of the most important aspects of purchasing property in France, if it’s for investment purposes, is the justification that the investment will be sound and profitabl


Overview of the Rental Market…

Read the full article at


The Devil is in the Details: Make Your Rental Apartment Perfect Down to the Details
By Adrian Leeds

July 24, 2008

You’ve purchase an apartment or home in Paris or elsewhere designed for rental revenue. It needs refurbishment, or perhaps complete renovation. The big aspects aren’t difficult to think about…the floor plan, the color scheme, the appointments such as exposure of old beams, fireplaces, etc. and the position of furniture. But in the end, it’s the details that count and make the rental property comfortable and convenient…

Read the full article at


Nice is Nice
By Adrian Leeds

August 28, 2008

Last summer I stayed in an apartment owned by a reader of FPI who is a successful property investor with an apartment in the heart of Paris as well this one in the heart of Nice. It afforded an opportunity for me to become familiar with the city, the adjacent villages and what it might be like to own something that could be enjoyed part of the year and profitable the rest of the time thanks to vacation rental revenues….

Read the full article at


Paying Tax on Your Rental Property Revenues
By Adrian Leeds

September 11, 2008

Parler Paris Apartments ( advertises rental apartments for our clients, reserves the stays, collects the rental fees in U.S. dollars and pays the owners in U.S. dollars or euros as they prefer. The owners have the obligation of reporting the rental income, regardless of what currency in which it is paid, to the French government, because the property is in France…

Read the full article at



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1 square meter = 10.7639104 square feet

1 hectare = 2.4710538 acres

For more conversions, refer to:

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Parler Paris Apartments offers high quality accommodations to make your stay in the City of Light as enjoyable and memorable as possible. We at Parler Paris know each and every apartment owner or manager personally, and stand behind the quality of those we represent. We understand your needs and desires, all the small details that make a rental apartment a warm and welcoming home ­ and a much better alternative to an impersonal hotel!

Parler Paris Apartments is administered and serviced by the same great team as Parler Paris, French Property Insider and French Property Consultation. You can trust that Parler Paris Apartments and all those with whom it is associated will do their best for your 100% guaranteed satisfaction.


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