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Viager is a boon for the elderly

My job in this column is essentially to tell GAN's subscribers about new opportunities to make/manage money using property, while the majority of the population remain blissfully unaware of what they are missing. I have one this month and I think it could well be of interest to readers. It is very popular in France. But don't let that put you off!

It is called viager and it works like this. An owner-occupier with no mortgage sells a property to a buyer for a reduced sum (normally negotiated by an estate agent). The seller is allowed to remain in the property as a tenant and the buyer pays him or her a fixed sum per month until the tenant dies, at which point the property is transferred to the buyer.

These deals are usually made by unfortunate elderly folk who have run out of money to live but who still retain title to a property. They receive a fixed sum for their property and this is negotiated by an agent. Oddly, the amount paid depends on the age and physical condition of the house owner, not the property they own. The old owner - now a new tenant - receives a lump sum up front plus a regular income, often in the region of €500 per month. This is a peculiarly French system. Presently it accounts for less than 1% of property deals in France but its popularity is increasing as people live longer and appear to run out of money more quickly than in years gone by.

Sometimes the deal can go spectacularly wrong for the buyer. In 1965, a lady aged 90 sold her apartment to her lawyer, a man half her age, on a viager deal. The lawyer agreed to pay her approximately €300 per month and doubtless sat back and thought about the riches to come. Alas for him, the old lady went on to become a still older lady and showed no desire to drop off the perch. Months became years and years turned into decades. This remarkable woman (who in her youth had worked in her family's artists' supplies shop where she had sold tubes of paint to Van Gogh) went on for more than thirty years. By the time she died at the age of 122, she was the world's oldest person. The lawyer wasn't a bit pleased... but then he had died two years before her. One imagines that his last words were probably not a cheery "Good luck!" proffered in her direction or even a resigned "C'est la vie", although that would be entirely appropriate in so many ways.

There are other risks for the buyer to consider. The principal one is that one has to be meticulous when paying the former owner, now tenant, the monthly sum, because if this payment ceases the house reverts to the seller. If the buyer dies, then his or her heirs have to keep paying the sum or the same thing happens.

The leading agent in France is Renee Costes Viager. It handles 40% of the buyer demand in France and reportedly deals with some 12,000 calls per year from elderly owners interested in a viager deal. The growth in interest is down to an ageing population and the fact that senior citizens' pensions are falling in value as the cost of living rises. Most vendors are elderly ladies whose husbands have died leaving them little.

Now this system does not appear to exist in the UK but there is no reason at all why it couldn't be operated here. It would certainly be worth investigating the French viager system more closely and advertising in this country for buyers who wish to sell.

So, do your research, advertise in the UK and let me know how you get on. There are companies in the UK offering similar kinds of deals whereby they buy a house for a reduced lump sum and let the tenant live in the house rent-free until they die, but that will not benefit you. I am proposing that you become the purchaser yourself and make the same profit (or loss!) that the corporate buyers make.
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