Chamonix price rises continue to draw in property buyers from around the world

Chamonix price rises continue to draw in property buyers from around the world

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  • Rising property values and rental incomes continuing to draw buyers to Chamonix (FrenchEntrée)
  • 38% of foreign investment in French property is focused on The Alps (BNP Paribas)
  • Chamonix, Les Praz and Les Moussoux at heart of recent price rises (FrenchEntrée)

Since it hosted the first ever Winter Olympic Games way back in 1924, the town of Chamonix has been synonymous with skiing during the winter months. However, the area’s growing year-round appeal and rising property values means that it’s no longer just powder-hounds who are taking an interest in this breathtakingly beautiful pocket of France.

“As Chamonix maintains its reputation as a year-round destination, we’ve seen a marked increase in buyers looking to part-fund their holiday home investment through its rental potential. Values in prime areas of the valley are rising swiftly and the promising underlying rental value is opening the area up to an array of new buyers.”

Annick Dauchy, Property Business Development Manager, FrenchEntrée

Premium French property agents FrenchEntrée cite chalets and luxurious apartments in Les Praz and Les Bois as the most sought-after properties at present. Buyers are looking to combine a second home investment with good rental potential in order to cover some of their costs through the income that can be made from the property.

Capital gains are also a consideration, with Chamonix, Les Praz and Les Moussoux all enjoying price rises at present, while values in Les Houches, Taconnaz and Les Bossons all retain their value.

Chamonix is about so much more than just winter sports. Aside from the obvious charms of the ski season, the town offers an attractive and well-visited destination, no matter the season. The stunning heights of Mont Blanc provide an incredible backdrop to the town, while abundant flowers both in and around Chamonix provide a beautiful contrast to the mountain’s pristine white slopes. Whether they’re exploring by foot, bike, skis or snowboard, Chamonix has the power to take visitors’ breath away with its staggering beauty.

The town enjoys good access from Geneva airport and offers a wide range of properties for sale. During the summer months, hiking and mountain biking are both popular, while the local culture, Savoyard fare and a range of festivals and events ensure there is always something on hand to enjoy.

The most common properties available are apartments ranging in value from €350,000 to €650,000. Two- and three-bedroom chalets are also popular and can command asking prices of anything from €1.3m to €2m.

Those looking for a particularly impressive abode can pick up a six-bedroom, five-bathroom chalet with pool in a superb setting for a cool €6.3m. Meanwhile, a four-bedroom chalet can command anything up to €3,870 per week in rent over the peak of the winter season.

Of course, property investment in the Alps is nothing new. Sales in the area account for 38% of foreign investment in French property, according to BNP Paribas’ mid-2016 market update. However, the recent rise in rental potential is driving a new wave of interest in the Chamonix area in particular.

“Buyers are definitely waking up to the fact that their property can work for them when they’re not using it. With low interest rates added into the mix at the moment, Chamonix has become far more accessible to those looking to pick up the perfect second home.”

Annick Dauchy, Property Business Development Manager, FrenchEntrée

For further information, contact FrenchEntrée on +44 (0)1225 463752 or propertysales@frenchentree.com. You can also visit www.frenchentree.com.

Resorts with altitude and easy access remain most sought-after in 2017-18 season

Resorts with altitude and easy access remain most sought-after in 2017-18 season

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Access, length of ski season and altitude should be key considerations of international investors choosing a resort for their perfect ski home this season, said new-build ski specialist Skiingproperty.com in October.

 

“The Savoie region in the French Alps, in particular, is home to established high altitude resorts with excellent skiing and easy access from the UK and Europe,” said Skiingproperty.com director Julian Walker. “These resorts include Tignes, Val d’Isère, Courchevel and Méribel. We also recommend Alpe d’Huez a little further south.”

 

Tignes Part of the Savoie department’s Espace Killy ski area, with its 300 kilometres of slopes reaching from 1,550m to 3,456m, Tignes is made up of four villages, each at different altitudes. The highest is Val Claret (2,300m), followed by the main village at Le Lac (2,100m) and further down are Tignes Les Boisses (or Tignes 1800) and Tignes Les Brévières. The Grande Motte glacier, which offers summer skiing, is accessed via Val Claret. Transfers to the resort from Geneva and Lyon are around two-and-a-half hours, or two hours from Chambéry. Skiingproperty.com has luxury chalets in Tignes available off-plan from €2.28million.

 

Val d’Isère

The other half of the Espace Killy ski area, the lively resort of Val d’Isère lies at an altitude of 1,850 metres. The resort is about to benefit from a major €200million regeneration project, which follows the opening last year of a €16-million two-year redevelopment of the Solaise area directly above the resort, which includes a new mid-mountain station at 2,500 metres. Transfers to the resort from Geneva and Lyon are around two-and-a-half hours, or two hours from Chambéry. Skiingproperty.com has luxury three-bedroom apartments in Val d’Isère available off-plan from €923,000.

 

Méribel Located in Savoie and part of the Les Trois Vallées ski area, the largest in the world, the heart of picturesque Méribel lies at 1,450 metres but its chalet developments rise up the side of the valley to 1,700 metres. There is also a satellite resort, Méribel-Mottaret at 1,750 metres. A favourite with British homeowners, skiers there can be on slopes at well over 2,000 metres in no time, from which they can link into Les Trois Vallées’ 600kms of slopes. Transfers to the resort from Geneva, Grenoble and Lyon are around two hours, or 75 minutes from Chambéry. Skiingproperty.com has off-plan apartments in Méribel available from €1.09million.

 

Courchevel One of the Alps’ most upmarket resorts and also within Les Trois Vallées, Courchevel is a collection of linked villages at different altitudes. The main village and lift hub is Courchevel 1,850, named after its altitude. A little lower is Courchevel Moriond (1,650), then Courchevel Village (1,550) and then Courchevel Le Praz (1,300). Courchevel has more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other resort in the French Alps and recently opened a £50-million water park. Transfers to the resort from Lyon and Geneva are around two hours, or 75 minutes from Chambéry. Skiingproperty.com has off-plan apartments in Courchevel available from €776,000.

 

Alpe d’Huez Located in the Isère department, the resort of Alpe d’Huez sits at an altitude of 1,860 metres. Its 250 kilometres of slopes, which comprise France’s fifth largest ski area and include the longest black run in the Alps, range from 1,100 metres up to 3,330 metres. A long ski season, typically from early December until late April, is guaranteed thanks to the glacier there. The nearest airport at Grenoble is just 90 minutes’ drive away. Skiingproperty.com has off-plan apartments in Alpe d’Huez available from €315,000.

 

ENDS

For further information or to enquire about properties in the French Alps:

Julian Walker

SkiingProperty.com

Tel:+442081509502

Email: info@skiingproperty.com

Website: www.skiingproperty.com

 

 About Skiingproperty.com

Skiingproperty.com, which is owned and operated by international property specialist Spot Blue International Property, works with developers in the French and Swiss Alps to promote new and off-plan developments to the UK and wider international market. Since its foundation in 2003, Spot Blue International Property has established itself as a leading international property specialist and is a member of the AIPP and NAEA. The company’s high profile in the UK and worldwide means it is regularly quoted in the national press and invited to appear on panels at leading seminars and exhibitions.

 

What does Merkel’s hollow victory mean for the EU?

What does Merkel’s hollow victory mean for the EU?

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  • Angela Merkel’s fourth term win was not the victory the market was hoping for
  • 13% of voters backed the anti-Euro AFD (Alternative for Germany)
  • Euro trading at 30-day low as a result

Following the twists and turns of 2016, this year started with much apprehension that the populous vote, which saw the surprise Brexit result and Trump’s ascension to the White House, would continue and spread throughout Europe.

First there was the Dutch election, with the controversial anti-EU candidate Geert Wilders at one point fancied to be the winner. As election day got nearer, his popularity amongst the voters vanished and he eventually lost. Big sigh of relief.

Then there was the French general election. Enter Marine Le Pen, another anti-EU politician with very strong right wing beliefs, who promised to call France’s very own referendum on EU membership if she won. She didn’t. Instead, Emmanuel Macron become President and the fear that the plague of populism would spread diminished. The Euro vs the USD skyrocketed on confidence that the EU will live on.

Combined with Mario Draghi’s more hawkish tone in his ECB press conferences, where he dropped hints that the end of the central bank’s net asset purchases may happen sooner rather than later, EUR/USD soared to the highest levels since January 2015.

Of course there was the German election on the horizon but good old Angela would have no problem with that. Right?

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On Monday 25 September the market woke up to an Angela Merkel victory, but not the victory she and the market was hoping for.  Mrs Merkel had won a fourth term, however it was her party’s worst result in almost 70 years and she now needs to form a coalition. Not only that but more worrying rival party the AFD (Alternative for Germany), which is very anti-immigration and Islam and indeed the Euro, won 13% of the vote. It’s the first far right party to win a seat in Parliament in more than 40 years.

“Mrs Merkel now has to form a coalition, which won’t be an easy task. Germany could face months of negotiations as one is formed. Whoever is chosen to partner with Merkel will provide the political direction not only for Germany but also the EU and immigration.

“At the same time, Angela Merkel’s weaker positon will also make new efforts to work with French President Emmanuel Macron on Euro-area integration very difficult.”

James Trescothick, Senior Global Strategist, easyMarkets

 

As news spread of a disappointing victory, the EUR/USD opened with a gap lower, dropping from Fridays closing price of 1.19473 to 1.19143.  It continued to decline in both the European and North America sessions and as of the time of writing is trading at a 30 day low of 1.18145.  The EUR/GBP came under further pressure and as time of writing is currently trading around 0.87618.

After concerns of the Dutch and French elections vanished there was hope that political stability in the bloc was pretty secure and the surprises that were experienced and shocked the market in 2016 had gone, but Sunday’s election outcome has once again filled the air with uncertainty.

“This sudden turn in AFD winning as much as 13% of vote (bearing in mind the party itself only came into existence five years ago) shows that there is a swathe of voters upset with Merkel’s stance on immigration. It underlines that one of the great dangers to the European Union is indeed politics and general elections. In the current climate they have become incredibly unpredictable and dangerous to its actual existence.  AFD’s success in the election goes to show that the fear of immigration is still being used as a key tool in the black art of politics to cause upset and surprise.”

James Trescothick, Senior Global Strategist, easyMarkets

 

Italy’s general election is due by the end of May 2018. There are concerns that Northern League and the Five Star Movement – both Eurosceptic parties – could fare quite well.  The Five Star movement is gaining momentum in the opinion polls and the Northern League recently won local elections in Genoa and L’Aquila.

Italy’s economy the third biggest in the Eurozone is shaky at best with 11% unemployment and national debt at 133% of GDP. There is also a fascinating debate in Italy about the country stepping away from the Euro and introducing a parallel currency alongside it.

“Though the end of May seems a long way away, you may certainly expect the market to start to focus on this general election. With what happened in Germany at the weekend, you may expect bouts of uncertainty about the outcome and how it will affect the European Union.

“The feel good factor that was felt across the bloc after Emmanuel Macron’s election victory seems to have diminished. Though the Euro is still currently enjoying a bull run, which started following Macron’s win in France, the fear and concern which the market felt at the beginning of the year could start to return as we see out 2017 and prepare for what 2018 will throw at us.”

James Trescothick, Senior Global Strategist, easyMarkets

For further details, visit www.easymarkets.com, email pr@easymarkets.com or call +44 203 1500 748.

 

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Vamos a España ! : Avec Taylor Wimpey España acheter une résidence secondaire est un rêve accessible

Vamos a España ! : Avec Taylor Wimpey España acheter une résidence secondaire est un rêve accessible

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Qui n’a pas rêvé un jour de posséder une maison à l’étranger pour y passer ses vacances ? Si beaucoup y pensent, peu passent à l’acte. Toutefois, depuis que l’immobilier espagnol relève la tête, les pays francophones se ruent sur les résidences secondaires en Espagne. 
Soleil tapant permanent, plages, mers chaudes et cultures semblables … les francophones en Europe raffolent de l’Espagne. L’arrivée en masse des touristes en Espagne a d’ailleurs augmenté de 16% en avril dernier.
Les Français ont été 1.13 millions à s’y rendent, soit 4.8% de plus par rapport à l’année dernière. Quant aux Suisses, ils étaient 219 milles, soit 43% de plus par rapport à l’année dernière !
Les Francophones reviennent souvent dans la péninsule ibérique avec l’envie d’y acheter une résidence secondaire. En effet, les prix de la pierre sur le sol espagnol séduit de plus en plus hors des frontières et convainquent les acquéreurs francophones.
Selon les chiffres officiels du bureau d’enregistrement espagnol, pas moins de 3.423 Belges ont acquis une maison de vacances en Espagne l’an dernier. C’est à peine moins que les Français (4.321).
D’après Taylor Wimpey España,  premier promoteur immobilier en Espagne, Costa Blanca et Costa del Sol cartonnent pour ces acquéreurs.
« L’an dernier, le nombre d’investisseurs Belges en particulier qui ont acheté une résidence secondaire en Espagne avait augmenté de 43%. Les Belges sont friands de la Costa Blanca parce que la région offre des opportunités incroyables pour passer des vacances agréables. De plus en plus de Français s’intéressent à la zone. L’amour des francophones pour la pierre espagnole est loin d’avoir faiblit. »
 
Marc Pritchard, Directeur Marketing de Taylor Wimpey España
A l’approche des vacances d’été, le rêve d’une propriété au soleil taraude les francophones. Avec Taylor Wimpey España, acheter une maison secondaire à Costa Blanca (ou même dans la Costa del Sol ou sur l’ile de Majorque) est un rêve accessible.
Ceux en quête d’exotisme peuvent acquérir les nouveaux appartements éblouissants de La Recoleta situes à seulement deux minutes de la plage dans la région d’Alicante. Disponibles à partir de 184.000€, les appartements à deux ou trois chambres de La Recoleta ont tout ce qui fait rêver : des terrasses et jardins privés, un design intérieur bien conçu et une vue à couper le souffle sur la mer Méditerranée.
La proximité des plages et de l’aéroport international Alicante font des appartements de Taylor Wimpey España l’une des meilleurs options de résidence secondaire à acquérir en Costa Blanca.
Pour plus d’informations, veuillez contacter s’il vous plait Taylor Wimpey España maintenant le 0034 971 70 69 72 ou visitez le site http://taylorwimpeyspain.com/fr/ pour plus d’informations.
England wins Euro 2016 real estate cup

England wins Euro 2016 real estate cup

France Spain Turkey United Kingdom
  • Turkey tops house price growth in Europe
  • Spain leads foreign buyer demand
  • Spain, England, Turkey and France go through to semi-finals
  • England beats France thanks to rising property values

They may not be the favourites to win Euro 2016, but when it comes to real estate, this is England’s year. Property portal TheMoveChannel.com pitted the housing markets of the 24 countries against each other in a property tournament to end all property tournaments.

The site compared each country across three key categories: house price growth in the 12 months to Q1 2016, using Knight Frank’s Global House Price Index, the number of properties listed for sale on the international site, and demand from investors, measured by the number of enquiries from buyers on TheMoveChannel.com in the 12 months to June 2016.

Combined, the factors give a rounded portrait of a country’s property market, from overall health to investment potential.

Click here to see the full infographic.

Turkey tops house price table

In terms of house prices, Turkey’s property market is number one in Europe. According to Knight Frank’s Global House Price Index, the country has seen property values soar 15.3 per cent in the year to Q1 2016, ahead of Sweden (12.9 per cent) and Austria (7.6 per cent).

Turkey has enjoyed the strongest house price growth in the world for the last three quarters in a row, fuelled by the country’s rapidly growing population, ongoing infrastructure development and high demand.

Spain leads foreign investment league

Spain is the most popular destination in Europe for foreign buyers, attracting the highest number of enquiries on TheMoveChannel.com in the year to 2016. It is followed by investor favourites Portugal, France, Turkey and Italy. Italy is also the country with the most properties for sale on the site as of June 2016, ahead of England, Spain, France and Portugal.

Quarter-Finals: Battle of the holiday home hotspots

Following the format of the Euro 2016 tournament, the categories were used to determine the top performers from each group, before progressing through the knockout stages of the competition.

In the quarter-finals, Spain slipped past Switzerland through sheer force of buyer demand; England advanced over Portugal due to stronger price growth and a higher inventory of homes for sale; Turkey triumphed over Germany, thanks to its unbeatable house price growth; and France flew past Austria, boosted by its lifestyle appeal.

Semi-Finals: Familiar favourites triumph

While Spain is the most popular destination in Europe on TheMoveChannel.com, England edged past its continental cousin, powered by its stronger house price growth (5.3 per cent versus 2.4 per cent) and a higher number of properties for sale, making it easier for investors to find an opportunity.

France’s house price growth may be low compared to Turkey’s (0.5 per cent versus 15.3 per cent), but with French mortgage rates at record lows, demand for the country’s real estate is hard to match, with France receiving 27 per cent more enquiries in the year to June 2016.

Final: England knocks out France

England’s housing market puts 50 years of hurt to rest with a victory over the Euro 2016 hosts. Due to a chronic lack of supply, England’s property values have been accelerating for some time. In the 12 months to June 2016, prices have risen 5.3 per cent, according to Knight Frank, compared to France’s 0.5 per cent. England also has more properties for sale. France, however, scores a consolation goal with a higher level of buyer interest, primarily because of people searching for property in the UK in general, instead of specifically in England.

 

Notes to Editors

About Lead Galaxy and TheMoveChannel.com

Founded in 1999, www.TheMoveChannel.com is the leading independent website for international property, with more than 1.4 million listings in over 100 countries around the world, marketed on behalf of agents, developers and private owners.

TheMoveChannel.com is one of more than a dozen international property sites operated under the Lead Galaxy brand. Lead Galaxy provides online marketing solutions to thousands of property companies worldwide, focusing on portal listings, email marketing, qualified leads, paid search and social media advertising.

The business is headquartered at 24 Jack’s Place, Corbet Place, Shoreditch, London, E1 6NN.

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Foodies fill their Basque-ts with bargain properties

Foodies fill their Basque-ts with bargain properties

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  • 10% of world’s top 50 restaurants in the Basque Country (Euromonitor)
  • Locals swapping pricey properties for fabulous food (Kyero.com)
  • Just 1,600 Brits live in the Southern Basque Country at present (Ministry of Employment and Social Security)

The Basque Country, spread across France and Spain in the Western Pyrenees, is a region with a well-known and fascinating political and historical story. But these days, the area also has a growing reputation as one of Europe’s most tantalising locations for foodies.

Basque Country cuisine draws elements from both Spanish and French cooking, blending them in ways that delight the taste-buds and draw in gourmet travellers from across the world. According to El Pais, the cuisine blends traditional methods, seasonal local ingredients and imaginative technical know-how in order to create something truly special.

The Southern Basque Country, consisting of the three provinces of ÁlavaBiscayGipuzkoa, the two enclaves (Enclave of Treviño and Valle de Villaverde) and the Chartered Community of Navarre, contains half of Spain’s eight restaurants with three Michelin stars. Three are in Gipuzkoa and one in Biscay. Not only that, but five of the world’s 50 best restaurants, according to the Euromonitor Consumer Lifestyles in Spain Aug 2015 report, are located in the Basque Country. Astonishingly, that’s as many as can be found in the whole of France.

The Basque city of San Sebastian is gourmet paradise, with a total of 16 Michelin stars awarded to restaurants in the city and its outlying areas. According to Euromonitor, no other area on Earth can claim to have such a density of Michelin stars.

But foodie heaven comes at a price. According to data from the Spanish National Statistics Institute (INE), although the Basque cost of living is spot on the national average for Spain, the cost of food and drink there is well above average.

At the three Michelin starred Arzakis, a meal can cost around €200 per head. Interestingly, the restaurant’s clientele consists largely of local middle class families, rather than the super-rich, according to Arzakis’ proprietor. Gourmet tourists are also drawn to Arzakis and the Basque Country’s other three starred establishments.

So how is it that locals can afford to splurge regularly on such fabulous and expensive food? Martin Dell, Director of Spanish property portal Kyero.com, which lists more than 200,000 homes from 3,000 estate agents, explains,

“It’s interesting in the Southern Basque Country to see that despite the average cost of living, property is 9% cheaper than the average cost across Spain, according to the INE House Price Index. It seems that locals – and second home owners – are balancing out their big food budgets by saving on property.”

Spain’s Basque Country regions are still relatively un-discovered (at least compared with the Costas) when it comes to British home owners. According to the Spanish Ministry of Employment and Social Security, there are just 1,600 Brits among the 56,000 foreign residents of the Southern Basque Country, with the majority being made up of Portuguese and Romanian settlers.

However, with the area’s fast-growing reputation as one of the tastiest places on the planet, Brits looking for a second home in Spain and thinking with their stomachs may well be inspired to head north instead of south in increasing numbers over the years ahead!

For further details on properties to rent and buy across Spain, visit www.kyero.com.

Hotspots Index: Rome leads European property rebound

Hotspots Index: Rome leads European property rebound

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  • Rome most searched-for property location in the world
  • Portugal home to 14 of 50 most searched-for hotspots
  • France, Greece and Cyprus all in top 10

Rome is leading the rebound in demand for European property, reveals new research from TheMoveChannel.com. The portal’s latest interactive Hotspots Index shows that the Italian capital was the most searched-for location in the world in Q1 2015, as overseas buyers flock to the continent.

Rome accounted for 1.48 per cent of location searches in the first three months of the year, climbing one spot in TheMoveChannel.com’s Hotspots Index from Q4 2014. Rome is the first of two Italian hotspots in the Top 10, with Como sliding one place from the previous quarter to seventh place.

Spain soared into the silver spot, with Malaga climbing three places to become the second most searched-for location. While interest surged in the Costa del Sol, demand for the Balearics also boomed, with Mallorca leaping 10 places in the Index to become the third most popular hotspot. Malaga and Mallorca accounted for 1.45 per cent and 1.02 per cent of searches in Q1 2015 respectively.

Portugal followed closely in fourth place, as Albufeira accounted for 0.96 per cent of location searches in the three months to March 2015. With property prices now showing their first signs of rising following the recession, and the Golden Visa scheme encouraging investment from outside of the EU, the Portuguese property market is now the most widely sought-after on TheMoveChannel.com: the country was home to 14 out of the Top 50 hotspots in Q1 2015, up from 11 in Q4 2014.

Spain and Portugal have both enjoyed record levels of enquiries in the past six months, but demand for European property is now spreading across the continent. France made its debut entry in the Hotspots Index Top 10, as the Dordogne received the sixth biggest share of searches (0.81 per cent). Greece also entered the Top 10 for the first time: Corfu jumped 19 places in the chart into eight place.

TheMoveChannel.com Director Dan Johnson comments: “Europe has never been more attractive to overseas buyers than it is now. Mortgage rates are low in France, prices are rising in Portugal, and Spain’s market has bottomed out. With the pound at a seven-year high against the euro, spending power for Brits is exceptionally strong. Greece now accounts for six of the Top 50 hotspots – up from four in Q4 2014. The country’s economic uncertainty could be bad news for the euro, but it is certainly good news for buyers.”

The full top 50 hotspots on TheMoveChannel.com in Q1 2015 is available here.

Notes to Editors

About Lead Galaxy and TheMoveChannel.com

Founded in 1999, www.TheMoveChannel.com is the leading independent website for international property, with more than 800,000 listings in over 100 countries around the world, marketed on behalf of agents, developers and private owners.

TheMoveChannel.com is one of more than a dozen international property sites operated under the Lead Galaxy brand. Lead Galaxy provides online marketing solutions to thousands of property companies worldwide, focusing on portal listings, email marketing, qualified leads, paid search and social media advertising.

The business is headquartered at 24 Jack’s Place, Corbet Place, Shoreditch, London, E1 6NN.
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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2 inspires pensioners to escape expensive retirement in the UK

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2 inspires pensioners to escape expensive retirement in the UK

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According to a recent Prudential survey, the high cost of living in the UK and declining pension pots mean that some 17% of those planning to retire this year will have debts outstanding.

  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2 currently being filmed in India
  • Sequel features stellar 50+ cast of Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and now Richard Gere
  • 17% of those in UK planning to retire this year will have debts outstanding (Prudential) 

These findings are leading more and more UK pensioners and those aching retirement age to ask: can retirement be outsourced to cut costs?

This concept is the premise of “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2”, the sequel to the hilarious but poignant 2011 British comedy-drama film of the same name.

Currently being filmed in India, this much anticipated second outing of the stellar 50+ cast which includes Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and now Richard Gere, tells the story of a group of pensioners who move to an affordable retirement hotel in India to escape the crippling cost of old age, where they grow to appreciate adventure in their golden years.

Throughout the movie, the guests address society’s assumptions of old age and tackle elderly stereotypes, making decisions that help them learn more about life as a retired individual whilst also finding ways to live their lives to the full.

The Villages Group – Rainbow, France’s first gay active living village for the over 50s, offers retirees precisely this kind of chance to find adventure before dementia, with like-minded retirees from the LGBT community coming together in the serene location of the Languedoc-Roussillon, South West France. Danny Silver, Founding Manager comments,

“The British over 50’s LGBT market is booming and it is important that their specific needs for housing are not only recognised but met. With isolation and loneliness real challenges for older LGBT people, we at The Villages Group – Rainbow believe that community living villages are the way forward. We provide one level eco homes with on-site services and amenities that encourage an active, happy and healthy lifestyle with like-minded individuals.”

Indeed with increasing numbers of people looking to move abroad for their golden years in search of lower living costs and a better quality of life, France remains an extremely popular destination. It affords a wonderfully warm climate, relaxed lifestyle, stunning natural beauty and easy access to the UK – that’s if you ever want to go home!

For those keen to seek an active retirement under the Spanish sun becoming a Sun Rocker at Sun Park Living is also a popular choice. With a private gated community resort in southern Lanzarote, Sun Park Living offers an exclusive retirement lifestyle for those who wish to remain active but in a cheaper and decidedly warmer environment than the UK.

Residents at the resort are fondly known as Sun Rockers, hinting at the thirst for life that has driven them to expect more from their retirement. Gil Summers, Founding Manager comments,

“There’s a profound and palpable sense of community, friendship, camaraderie and family, that ties everyone and everything together here. Sun Park Living clearly fills a void in people’s lives, which is evident through everyone’s daily attendance resident-run social groups and activities, making every minute count whilst they are together.”

Indeed, the sense of community spirit is a huge draw to retirees looking for a lifestyle change. Of course the warm climate, flavourful local cuisine and fantastic culture all serve to make the experience even more rewarding – and all of this in light of the resort offering affordable rental apartments, for short or long term, for a fraction of the usual cost of retirement properties in the UK.

However, much like The Villages Group – Rainbow, the real currency at Sun Park Living is the residents themselves and their dream to live every moment to the full.

For more information on any of the featured retirement accommodation, please contact:

The Villages Group Rainbow: call + 33 1 4007 8625 or visit www.thevillagesgroup.com/rainbow   

Sun Park Living: call 0161 408 3360 or visit www.sunparkliving.com

Accommodation providers eye the Pink Pound as LGBT tourism spending to exceed USD$200 billion for the first time in 2014

Accommodation providers eye the Pink Pound as LGBT tourism spending to exceed USD$200 billion for the first time in 2014

France
For those providing accommodation for the LGBT community such Danny Silver, Founder and Owner of The Villages Group Rainbow in France, the outlook for 2014 is bright as tourism spending by this group is set to exceed USD$200 billion for the first time.
These latest findings from the world’s largest LGBT market research study LGBT2020 presented by Out Now revealed that of the top 20 global markets for LGBT tourism, the largest spenders were the USA (USD$56.5 billion) and Brazil (USD$25.3 billion) with USD$66.1 billion expected to be spent by Europeans.
In terms of hot destinations for the LGBT community to visit in the next 3 years (2012-2015), France was named as the number one most desired destination country by more than 6% of the total global tourism industry who identify as LGBT according to LGBT2020 research.
A response which Danny Silver, himself a resident in Paris, is not surprised by, he comments,
“France is the ultimate destination for the LGBT community. Having lived here for many years now I have seen the progress which has been made in transforming the nation into a LGBT-friendly destination; the legalization of gay marriage last year was a significant step in the right direction and with Paris hosting the Gay Games in 2018, I can only see LGBT tourism to France going one way – up!
“Indeed for older members of the LGBT community, often more concerned with cultural and safety issues in other destinations, France offers a truly welcoming atmosphere with numerous gay friendly restaurants, bars, beaches and accommodation choices such as our project, The Villages Group Rainbow located in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of SW France.”
Much more than a gaycation however, The Villages Group Rainbow is going one step further by offering permanent accommodation for the LGBT community. Following the popularity of such resorts in the US, The Villages Group Rainbow will be the first active living resort in Europe for LGBT’s over 50 years old, allowing them to turn their travels into a more permanent holiday.
Danny explains,
“Just as many members of the LGBT community prefer to travel together, so too do they enjoy living together, with like-minded people, which is why we created The Villages Group Rainbow. From the start this revolutionary concept for Europe has been well received with the local Mayor in full support and over XX% of the homes purchased by buyers from all over the world.”
The one level eco-friendly homes at The Villages GroupRainbow are available to purchase from as little as €236,000 with the site, situated on the banks of the UNESCO listed Canal du Midi, affording full amenities including tennis courts, indoor pool, Jacuzzis, saunas, gymnasium and great entertainment programmes. Owners will now also be able to explore the local area on complementary scooters!
For more information please contact Danny at The Villages Group Rainbow on + 33 1 4007 8625, email info@thevillagesgroup.com or visit www.thevillagesgroup.com/rainbow.

The Villages Group Rainbow provide the alternative to the rising cost of living for the over 55sLGBT community

France

In spite of the typical monthly income of British over-55s reaching £1,545 in January 2014 – the highest figure seen by Aviva in the 4 years since the insurance giant began tracking this data, it seems that many are still experiencing money worries.

  • Income gains since December 2012 outweighed by 9% increase in over-55s’ typical monthly expenditure (Aviva Retirement Report Jan 2014)
  • Payments on fuel and electricity costs rise by 5% in the last 12 months
  • The Villages Group Rainbow enables retirees to enjoy their golden years affordably.

Indeed, income gains since December 2012 have been outweighed by a 9% increase in over-55s’ typical monthly expenditure over the same period according to the Aviva Retirement Report (Jan 2014). Their extra outgoings add up to £116 a month or £1,392 a year – equivalent to a whole month’s worth of spending!

Further data from Aviva has shown that the typical housing costs (including mortgage or rent) have increased the most since December 2012 – by £24 a month – while over-55s’ typical monthly food bill has gone up by £23.

With payments on fuel and electricity costs also rising by 5% in the last 12 months, it means the typical British over-55 is putting an extra £53 a month towards the cost of food, housing and energy than they were a year ago.

Danny Silver, Managing Founder of The Villages Group Rainbow, comments,

“Funding retirement is tough for many with the added pressure of bill increases in almost every sector throughout 2013. With a growing number of British over-55’s struggling to cope financially, it is no surprise that innovative “active living” Villages offering a low weekly living cost are proving increasingly popular.

“The Villages Group Rainbow in the heart of south-west France would benefit any retirees looking for a way to enjoy their golden years without money worries. For just £40 per maison per week including management, maintenance, property taxes, weekly maid service of your villa, plus all on-site activities, you can live in the heart of the Languedoc-Roussillon.

“Indeed when it comes to the day-to-day cost of living, it’s a well-known fact that food and wine in France can be bought so much cheaper than in the UK making the euros go much further than the pounds!”

So for those approaching their golden years and contemplating a move overseas, the Languedoc-Roussillon region in France is a natural choice. Boasting a superb climate, stunning countryside and a relaxed lifestyle as well as being regarded as one of the best places in the world to retire to, it is no wonder the Languedoc is top choice for many British and European active retirees.

It is for just these reasons that The Villages Group Rainbow has decided to develop Europe’s first active living resort ‘Village’ for the LGBT community over 50 to enjoy at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Canal du Midi.

The Villages Group Rainbow will provide a village community of around 107 villas on the banks of the Canal du Midi, one of Europe’s longest and widest canal systems.  This village site will afford full on-site amenities including tennis courts, indoor pool, Jacuzzis, saunas, and gymnasium not forgetting great entertainment programmes, perfect for living an active and happy life within a community of like-minded individuals.

For more information please contact The Villages Group on + 33 1 4007 8625, email info@thevillagesgroup.com or visit www.thevillagesgroup.com/rainbow.