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Five rental property additions that could make you thousands

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I’ve been in the Nice property rental business for 15 years. Just when I thought I had made every lock and local instruction foolproof…I get a call at 2am wondering where the night pharmacy is or why the key doesn’t work. By interviewing dozens of property owners I’ve managed to ascertain what I can purchase cheaply … Continue reading

Neighbourhood investment hot spot: Nice Port

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Until 1860 Nice was an Italian city. The rococo legacy of soaring churches, Genoese buildings and elegant piazzas like Place Garibaldi remain. When Nice became part of France counts more in property investment terms. In 1861 the French took surprise ownership of the finest port after Toulon, and an infrastructure building boom continues to this … Continue reading

Profit from the Italians: the Cote d’Azur’s best customers

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The Cote d’Azur’s best customers aren’t Brits (second place). Nor Americans or Germans (in joint third place with 8% each of all overseas visits). Say buongiorno to the Italians, who make up nearly 20% of all French Riviera tourists. And say benvenuti to the billions of tourist Euros they bring in each year. That statistic … Continue reading

Why people we’ve dealt with choose to limit the money they make on their Short Term Let (extract, Room for Profit)

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  My book, Room For Profit, shows you how to make maximum income on your holiday home, wherever in the world that may be. Over the coming months, you can enjoy extracts from the book here. This time, let’s look at some common excuses for not maximising the available rental calendar from Room for Profit, … Continue reading

The Riviera’s strangest real estate: Negresco, Nice Promenade

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It’s a building where studios sell for €8,000 per square metre. A rococo wedding cake that dominates the Promenade des Anglais. A seafront castle where a rogue’s gallery of world leaders – Nikita Khrushchev, the Shah of Iran – have bedded down under mink throws. Welcome to the Negresco. This palace-hotel – and little known … Continue reading

Garden Festival tops new 2017 tourism activities

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On the French Riviera coastline between Monte-Carlo and St Tropez, a full third of people are employed directly or indirectly by tourism. Just think of all those tour guides, hotel receptionists and staff at Nice Airport, which smashed its record of 12m yearly arrivals in 2016. Plus all those restaurant chefs, café owners and apartment cleaners … Continue reading

How to profit when France wins the Olympic Games

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The Olympics are coming to Nice’s Allianz Riviera. Surely not? Well read on, because this September the International Olympic Committee will choose who hosts the 2024 summer games. The out and out favourite to win? That’s right, France at 2/5. Los Angeles are in a distant second at 2/1 with Budapest rank outsiders at 8/1. … Continue reading