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Living the dream

It begins with your first trip to France - love at first sight. The seed is planted and you can't help wanting more. You return, stay a bit longer, venture out a bit further. Eventually you feel this longing and heartache when you are not there. The lifestyle - the food and wine, the quaint villages, weekly markets, the slow, deliberate pace of daily life offering plenty of time to savor - you want to experience this every day ...

Ginny Blackwell understands this all too well, and has been making this dream come true for people for over 25 years. We are kindred spirits, understanding the need to plant roots in France. I am thrilled to collaborate with her, and to introduce you to the concept of fractional ownership in France. She explains this concept so well on her website: International Property Sales. Let's take a look!

meet ginny blackwell

In September 1998, we bought our first home in France, a “to-die-for”, romantic, centuries-old farmhouse in the Dordogne area of Southwest France. All of the magic of France, its rolling countryside, and the streaming sunlight which filled our country kitchen at La Bruyere, a four bedroom, 2 bath renovated farmhouse east of Bordeaux.​

I’ve loved travelling ever since I spent a year in Paris studying at the Sorbonne at age 20. Over the next ten years I managed to bike, hike or travel through Canada, Europe, Latin America and the beautiful USA. Later, I finished a Masters in International Business from The American Graduate School of International Management in Phoenix, Arizona.

When I arrived back in Portland, Oregon, we set about convincing like-minded friends and Francophiles that it would be a marvelous plan to cooperatively own the house, each have 6 weeks of use, and to share the on-going expenses. This was the beginning of International Property Shares and years and years of unforgettable memories.​

what is fractional ownership?

Ginny and I understand the headaches of owning a property abroad. She found a way to make it easy, creating an LLC in the United States, so you don't have to deal with the French laws of ownership. Unlike a timeshare, you actually own the property, so you can build equity. Because you share the ownership with others, the investment and upkeep are just a fraction of the price.

Fractional ownership simply means the division of a property (or any asset) into portions or shares. Instead of owning the property yourself, you own a percentage or share of the property. The property’s title or deed is legally divided into shares for each of the owners.

The two primary benefits people gain when they share ownership are: greatly reduced costs (purchase and maintenance) and mitigated risk of ownership. As properties appreciate in value (or not), so do the shares.

My job is to find the ideal property at an affordable price, handle the multiple requirements for foreign ownership, and provide you with a turn-key property to use and to enjoy.

why consider fractional ownership?

Staying in lovely places while you travel is nice, but there is something so special about coming home. You belong to a community; you have your favorite boulangerie, your own weekly market, and your favorite café where you can settle in for hours. Ginny searches far and wide for the perfect little oasis for you to immerse yourself in joie de vivre.

3 Rue du Four

From the start, I’ve always wanted to offer homes which “make the heart sing.” Think old stone walls, charming nooks and crannies, history, light, a kind of charm which draws you in.

It’s a bit like meeting someone for the first time whom you feel you’ve known and liked forever. It’s nothing like staying in the most charming hotel — this place is yours!

Your books and favorite walks, cafes, friendship with other owners in the group, the neighbors across the way. You climb into a different space, time zone, language, way of living. It colors the way you look at yourself and at others, and most importantly, how you view the world.

welcome home

Ginny and I are thrilled to introduce you to this brand new property: 3 Rue du Four.

If you’ve been fortunate enough to find your way to the delightful historic town of Uzes, you will completely understand why I’m thrilled to be offering you a chance to live a short distance from this beautiful vibrant town. Because of its designation as a “Ville d’Art et Histoire”, Uzes has been able to preserve much of its 17th and 18th century architecture.

My newest fractional property, 3 Rue du Four is in the center of the quaint village of Arpaillargues, a friendly village with all the essential services.

Arpaillargues (pronounced “ar pie ah gue” for non-native French speakers!) is in the eastern part of the Gard, about a 30-minute drive from Nimes and an hour from Montpelier. With its Mediterranean climate, you are blessed with blue skies and sunshine 300+ days of the year.

If you are interested in this property, or in finding out more about others that are available, please message me at I also encourage you to sign up for Ginny's quarterly newsletter by clicking on the link below.

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