When you woke up this morning did you see grey skies and rain? Have you had your heating on for weeks? Perhaps you are dreaming of a home in the sun? Well, nowhere in Europe is better for winter warmth and sunshine than Spain, not to mention the lighter evenings. In London, by the 21st December, the sun sets at 15:55pm but in Málaga in southern Spain it is light till 18.05!
They say an Englishman’s home is his castle – and that goes as much in France as back home. There’s something about French châteaux that just draws us back, whether it’s the romantic dream of a beautiful, historic home, or the practicality of an exciting business opportunity. I spoke to Jacqueline Reddin-Williams from Beaux Villages Immobilier about buying a château of your own.
What have been the notable changes in France in 2019 – and what’s coming up in 2020? From property price growth to lower taxes, higher wages and a possible end to daylight savings, here’s our round-up.
The clocks went back last weekend in Spain as well as in the UK signalling the start of autumn and later, winter, though Spain is still an hour ahead of Britain. In the summer months there is so much to do it’s difficult to choose where to go, what to join, what to see or listen to but after October things tend to quieten down. Restaurants close, music festivals are few and far between and our beaches are less crowded.
The French property market has not seen the sharp price rises that we have seen in the UK in the last 10 years or so: quite the reverse, many areas have seen no price rises at all. However, new figures released by the French property market overseer “Se Loger” and “Insee” suggest that this is changing in some areas.