I am a new member and was advised to join this forum by a member of another forum who said my question was more suited to SFN. I was reading an article in The Telegraph online yesterday which commented on the increasing crime in France and I posted this comment at the end of the article:
Despite the uncertain times I am cautiously thinking of buying an off-plan apartment in a lovely Luberon village. The only one I can afford is a garden apartment in a gated development of 28 homes - I would have preferred a first-floor balcony one but those have all gone.
I love France and like so many Brits would like to experience a much better, more predictable climate (albeit with the Mistral!) than in the UK. I am at a crossroads in my life and think that I would, at some point, like to spend more time in France and let out a property for rental income when not there. Most friends are warning me off the whole idea mainly because of the euro crisis, but also because I am considering buying off plan. I completely understand their point of view, especially as I don't have much of a financial cushion and not a great income over here, but I can't seem to shake off the deep rooted urge to do something of this nature and experience a different way of life, having become so weary of life in Britain.
I am doing lots of practical research on taxes, health care, etc. but reading your comments on the crime in the Luberon has been the main thing to stop me in my tracks, especially if considering buying a garden apartment.
I am going to look at the site again later this month, and will speak to the builder, accompanied by an ex-pat estate agent whom I have met and trust. I do not want to do anything rash though I imagine I could be tempted if I feel I may miss out. People say to wait for another year to see what will happen with the euro and I'm sure I will end up doing that, hoping that other such nice places may become available.
I've really just been airing my thoughts and I know it's my decision in the end, but any comments would be much appreciated!
I know that all of you have already taken the plunge but would be grateful for your thoughts. If I do buy somewhere I would then like to become more fully involved with SFN.