What is a pied a terre in a French real estate ad?

In a French property ad when you read pied-à-terre what is being referred to is a small French property perhaps an apartment usually located in a popular area away from someones primary residence.

Pied-à-terre means ‘one foot on the ground’ a place to put yourself when you are away from your primary residence, it is typically a form of secondary residence. Often people buy a secondary residence so they can live in an area part of the year and then the rest of the year rent it out. Note: in some parts of France where there is a high rental demand local government is trying to prevent people renting out their pied-à-terre on a less than annual basis.

Make sure you have a local professional English speaking French agent assist you who know the rules and regulations that can apply to your pied-à-terre investment.

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