Life has of course become more complicated for British buyers (and those with a UK passport) in France since Brexit for those of us living in France and those of us wishing to move to France and live here permanently. But it is still entirely possible, there is just a bit more paperwork and a
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Buying a house is always a risky and stressful process and buying in a foreign country magnifies this risk and stress hugely. The property buying process in France, however, is tightly regulated and it is probably one of the safest places in the world that you can choose to buy, as long as you are
Invitation to a free webinar with professional guest speakers and top tips on buying property in France
Meet the speakers: Sarah Day runs the bilingual estate agency Maisons et Manoirs in South West France. Sarah has worked in property sales in France for over 25 years and is hugely respected. She has a wealth of experience in the property industry and will run you through the most important things you need to
What an extraordinary year this has been and like most business sectors, Covid hit the French property market very hard with activity virtually at zero during the first lockdown in the Spring. The official French statistics body, INSEE, has reported that in the middle of ‘confinement’, there was a complete slump in French property transactions
In London the conversation at social gatherings inevitably turns to house hunting frustrations. There's always someone drowning their sorrows after just having been outbid by another buyer at the last minute. No surprise that the English adopted the satisfyingly resonant Yiddish expression gezumph to name the devastating experience of having your dream property snatched
House hunting is an emotional experience. There’s nothing wrong with listening to your instincts, as long as you know how to avoid buying the wrong house in France. Keep in mind that the moment you start searching, all your fears, longings and romantic notions about the world kick in. Emotions can easily get the
Sometimes I wonder how anyone manages to buy a house in this region without using a property finder (buyer's agent). I've lived and worked here for many years, so know the agencies and the region inside out and still the process of finding and getting to view the right property can be like trying to
In a buyer’s market, house hunters have the luxury of being picky. Most buyers in France currently don’t really want to take on renovation projects and as soon as they find something negative about a house they skip it and continue the search for their dream house. Although I agree that certain problems should
Where else but in France can you enjoy city elegance and superb skiing side by side? It would be hard to find a better example of such dual luxury than in the beautiful Pyrenees town of Bagnères de Luchon. You can enjoy coffee on the sunny terrace of a chic French café, then jump
Most househunters' ideas of a holiday bolt hole or permanent home in this sought-after part of France are very similar. No matter the budget. Almost all clients dream of lots of outside space and an idyllic countryside location with views. Authentic stone, period character, space, and light all tend to be on the agenda