French property buying guides

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10 French property pitfalls to avoid

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

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

8 ways to find a French property

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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5 reasons why France is the most popular country in the world

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

Estate agent interview: Dordogne and Lot-et-Garonne

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

French property dream: a chartreuse in Lot-et-Garonne

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?

What and where? 6 things to consider when buying in France

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

Dordogne and beyond: an estate agent interview

Cate Carnduff of Herman de Graaf Immobilier answers our questions

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Homes with a view: some views are better than others

5 things to consider when buying property in France

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

Buying a French château or manor house for under €1m

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

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

Interview with an agent in Auvergne

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

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Interview with an agent in Dordogne/Lot-et-Garonne

Samm Khoury of Richard Immobilier shares her view of the property market on the Dordogne/Lot-et-Garonne border

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The new regulations are designed to protect owners and buyers living within a multi-occupancy building, such as a typical block of flats

France’s loi ALUR explained

New rules concerning the sale of properties in co-ownership buildings has caused confusion and consternation. Peter-Danton de Rouffignac unpicks the loi ALUR

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Secret agents: French property professionals explained

With so many options available to househunters in France, Sophia Mose takes the lid off the world of estate agents, property finders and buyer’s agents

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Midi majesty: Château Ventenac

This impressive property has a rich history and an exciting future, as Rachel Johnston discovers

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Splash the cash: French homes with pools

With summer upon us, and thousands of Brits flocking to enjoy their second-home pools in France, Joanna Leggett shares her top tips on joining the happy splashers

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Interview with an estate agent in northern France

Edward Lazarus of Domus Abroad shares his view of the property market across the northern half of France

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This 13th-century manor with pool and panoramic view is for sale for 1.75m euros

Interview with an estate agent in Tarn-et-Garonne

Charles Smallwood celebrates 25 years at Agence l’Union and shares his view of the property market across the northern Midi-Pyrénées

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Lady of the Manor

Rachel Johnston chats to Lady Colin Campbell about her special house in Tarn

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Julie's pick: this renovated stone house in Dordogne has a proven record as a thriving rental business and is on the market for ¬625,000

Interview: an agent in south-west France

Julie Savill of Beaux Villages Immobilier shares her view of the current property market across the south west of France

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This secluded property in desirable Valbonne (Alpes-Maritimes) is on the market for E580,000

Interview: Property search agent in Provence

Betty Bloom of SPA Properties shares her view of the current property market in her sunny south-east corner of France

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This two-bedroom cottage in Finistère is on the market for ¬55,000 (JB French Houses)

France for first-time buyers

It’s not just seasoned buyers that are searching for French homes. As Jessica Carter discovers, first-timers are also catching on to France’s property-buying potential

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There are a number of reasons why prospective purchasers should consider having a survey done

Property surveys in France

Looking beyond the initial beauty of an old French home can be tricky, but, as Andrew Bailey explains, there are many benefits to undertaking a pre-purchase survey

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