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February 2011 newsletter 


In this newsletter, we update you on French property market trends; have new paintings and
Midi Pyrenees properties for sale as well as a new rental property; tell you about the new
French movie in release and upcoming film festivals (Adelaide members can win tickets);
and, provide a recipe for porc rillettes in addition to facts about winter (hiver) in France.

A bientot
Sharon et David

PS: If you haven't booked in yet for our Brisbane or Sydney information nights, click here.


French property 2010 trends and 2011 predictions

The property market in France is showing strong signs of a post GFC recovery with sale numbers up 15% in 2010 over 2009. After two consecutive years of price falls, average French property prices rose in 2010. So perhaps if you have been putting off looking at buying a place in France, now is the time to reconsider before prices go higher. The added strong Aussie dollar and low French interest rates also make the prospect more appealing. For assistance with purchasing your dream place in France, we can help with our:

- information nights in Brisbane (22 Feb) and Sydney (1 Mar) following the Melbourne session last Tuesday where we had 50 of our members come along
- e-guides on how to purchase French property
- 1 on 1 consulting service, property purchasing tour to France 20-24 June.

Fleuriste de St Germain - NEW

More paintings and properties for sale posted

Over Dec/Jan we sold a number of Jacqueline's paintings but she has been busy as well - check out her new works including Fleuriste de St Germain, Archway at the Louvre and a waterway in Annecy:


We also have a number of new properties for sale in the Aveyron region of the Midi Pyrenees by Annie, expat Aussie now estate agent in France. She was in Melbourne recently so was able to pop into our information night to talk about her places for sale which range from under 100k euro up to the country manor (left). Also, don't forget the Aussie artist's 2 4 1 place in Montcuq in the Midi-Pyrenees - a low maintenance property with an existing optimised website and rental bookings. See these places :


New rental in the Charente's 'Little Switzerland'

ln the beautiful Charente, bordering the Dordogne, this 18th century house "Ma Chaumière" is in a small, quiet hamlet in an area is known as Little Switzerland, with lakes for swimming, water sports and woodland walks. The 4 bedroom house has been meticulously maintained with loads of living space featuring exposed beams and a wood-burning fire. The ample outdoor area includes a patio. Rent from $880 pw:

Also, Sallie is reducing the rent for her house in Monflanquin, one of the most beautiful villages in France, by 10% for stays until the end of March:

See film Juliette Binoche won Cannes prize for

Binoche won best actress at the Festival De Cannes 2010 for her role as an antique dealer in this modern love story set against a Tuscan landscape. We just saw 'Certified Copy' and thought it was captivating especially Juliette's performance (you never learn the name of her character). The movie explores the nature of relationships, making you wonder throughout what is real and what is not.

'Certified Copy' is currently in national release. View the trailer at: click here.

Certified copy/Copie Conforme is also showing as part of the Adelaide film festival (24 Feb - 6 Mar) along with 3 other French films. The organisers have a competition for French desire's Adelaide members to win a double pass to a movie: to enter, click here.

Australia's annual French film festival is about to start again. There are almost 50 films being shown in most Australian capital cities from 8 March to 10 April. This is the 22nd year the event has been run.

You can find detail about both film festivals on French Australia:


Recipe for porc rillettes (Rillettes de Tours)
Our Pouzauges family friends always offer us this delicious potted pork. It is a specialty of the Loire region (where Tours is located) and an alternative to French liver pates which are not universally liked:



Facts about winter (hiver) in France

Winter is a special time in France. You can ice-skate in front of the town hall, ski on the slopes or shop til you drop in January sales, albeit it is a little chilly:


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