Villas – bag a bargain

It's a nerve-racking game booking a villa for the summer. The ultra-cautious with large families leap into the market in September securing their ideal house for the following August. They pay a premium but at ...

Villas: Value on the Riviera

View from the flat   Things one should never say to a lettings agent – 1)     If you flip over the cushion you’ll find the jam stain 2)     I thought the apartment was really good value Dur...

Try before you buy

French estate agency fees are notoriously high, often over 10%. The team at the guru have noticed that many selling owners also let their properties on popular rental websites: www.ownersdirect.co.uk, www.vrbo....

Property: Hunting for hidden gems

  Shayne Menzies recalls her property purchasing experience   The idea of buying a house in Provence was not new.  On the contrary, I had been thinking – or dreaming - about it since the ...