October 3, 2018

For 900,000 UK citizens who live or own property in EU countries, the pre-Brexit limbo is creating acute concern (see case study, below). At present things are simple — Britons can live, work and own property in any of the EU’s 28 member states and, in some cases, enjo...

March 15, 2018

It’s buying time! The spring marks the unofficial start of the 2018 property buying season in the UK and abroad. If you’re heading to any of the second home and relocation hotspots of the world, remember the smart way to stay in control and find the property of your dr...

November 7, 2017

Make a list of your criteria

The list could relate to criteria such as: minimizing travel time to the property, minimum price, preferred location, minimum number of bedrooms, structural condition, services connected, etc. Following a list of criteria is a good way of re...

November 6, 2017

Organise your virtual exploration

The Web will enable you to begin to get a general feel for what sort of prices you should be paying relative to size, location, and condition of the property, as well as learning more about how the house buying process works in France.


November 5, 2017

 Administrative France

As prospective home owners, you probably need to know a bit about the French administrative structure:

The commune is the township (village or ville). A rural commune can be made up of hamlets (in Uzège there are a few villages made of up to 10 ham...

November 4, 2017

Contact local agents

If you are going to handle your search on your own, decide which listing estate agents you would like to work with. Or you choose a property finder (as agents work primarily for property sellers, not for the buyers - more on this in the next chapter...

November 3, 2017

Be ready to come back

Not everybody is ready to make a purchase decision after the first viewing trip. In our experience, only 30% to 50% of house hunters find the perfect home during their first visit. They tend to be those who have done the best homework. Most will ne...

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