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House buyers in France receive a dossier of information regarding the condition of the property

In France, house buyers receive a dossier of information regarding the general condition of the property. In this series, John Marshall runs through some key elements of the report

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Who hasn't dreamed of owning a pad in Paris?

Rachel Johnston trawls the Left and Right Banks for desirable pieds-à-terre under £1m

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Ian Purslow of Purslow’s Gascony explains why this imposing period home 20km south of Auch wins his vote

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Karen Tait takes a look at the reasons to have a structural survey carried out on a French property

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They say the south of France is a millionaire’s playground, but there are many great reasons why you shouldn’t let this scare you off from investing in property here. ADVERTISING FEATURE

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Christophe Guay of Agence TIC Ruffec explains why this single-storey property, on the market for €197,500, gets his vote

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The cooling-off period is known in French as 'sept jours de retraction du consommateur'

Karen Tait lists 10 things you need to know about the cooling-off period and deposit, from whether you can pull out of the contract to who you should pay

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The facade and pool

Edward Landau of Le Bonheur explains why this three-bedroom former farmhouse, on the market for €599,000, gets his vote

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Having found your dream home and had your offer accepted, you then sign a legally binding contract

Karen Tait lists 8 things you need to know about signing on the dotted line

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The farmhouse's pretty facade

Susan Dixon of Papillon Properties explains why this traditional farmhouse, on the market for €267,000, gets her vote

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The process of viewing French properties should not be rushed

Karen Tait offers 10 top tips to help you get the most out of viewing trips in France and negotiating the best possible price

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Top tips for buying a property in France. credit: Dennis Jarvis, Flickr

France is still one of the most popular location choices for British families buying a holiday home abroad, and with it being safe, secure, and easy to get to, more and more people are buying. We have put together a guide to give you all you need to know about buying in France. So get your notepad at the ready so you can plan, prepare yourself, and take advantage of our top tips. ADVERTISING FEATURE

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Can Provence really be affordable?

Buying in Provence is the dream of many French househunters - and it’s home to more affordable properties than you think. Joanna Leggett tickles our tastebuds with 5 of them

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The property sits in over a hectare of land

Mark Moran of BienSud Immobilier explains why a three-bedroom villa near Roquebrune-sur-Argens, on the market for €995,000, gets his vote

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Nine-bedroom 'bastide' with 250 acres of vines, olive groves, meadows, forests and riverbanks, 15m euros

Even if you don’t have a big budget, you can still buy a glamorous property in France, says Karen Tait

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The villa façade

Hans Huygens chooses a neo-Provençal villa with a view that’s hard to beat

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It’s not just about negotiating the best sale price; clever use of mortgages and currency contracts can save you money or even extend your budget

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The property's façade

Sarah Francis of Sifex explains why this historic 10-bedroom home near Auch, on the market for offers in excess of €1,690,000, gets her vote

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10 French property pitfalls to avoid

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
There are 10 ways in which you can ensure your property purchase proceeds safely

Ensure your purchase goes smoothly with these top tips for buying a home in France

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8 ways to find a French property

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
There have never been more ways to find a property in France, but sometimes too much choice can be worse than too little!

Once you’ve decided to buy a French property, what options do you have for finding it? Karen Tait has some suggestions

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84 million tourists can’t be wrong! Karen Tait finds out why France is the most visited country and why it’s the perfect place to buy a property

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The property's impressive façade

Jane Fraser-Bryan of Guyenne Immobilier explains why this four-bedroom stone house in Eymet, on the market for €292,000, gets her vote

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The chartreuse dates from the 18th century and has been rescued from ruin by its owners of 15 years

Rachel Johnston explores a historic Gascon home straddling town and country

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How close do you want to be to bars, restaurants, shops and markets?

So, you know you want to buy in France, but how do you narrow down your househunting area and decide what kind of property to buy? Karen Tait reports

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A visit here and you just don't want to go home: three houses, a pigeonnier and medieval chateau ruins for 875,000 euros

Cate Carnduff of Herman de Graaf Immobilier answers our questions

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Homes with a view: some views are better than others

Although the buying process in France is relatively straightforward, Nadia Jordan presents some potential problems you could discover – and how to overcome them

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1. St-Astier, Dordogne, 599,550 euros

4 magical examples on the market in Dordogne and the Loire Valley, chosen by Joanna Leggett

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Interview with an agent in Auvergne

Monday, November 24, 2014
Frederika's 'little paradise': a stone property with separate wooden chalet and 28 acres of grounds, on the market for ¬349,000

Frederika Bosman of Auvergne Properties shares her view of the property market in this dramatic, lesser-known French region

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