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18 words you need to know before you buy

Do you know your ‘frais’ from your ‘prêt’ and ‘acheteur’ from ‘vendeur’? Brush up on the basic terms before you buy a French property

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Charente property for sale at French Property Exhibition in May

These stunning French properties are all available at the French Property Exhibition at Wetherby Racecourse on 13-14 May – make sure you visit to find your dream home in France

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Grignan, Drome

Read our simplified guide to the French property buying process

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Buying property with Coldwell Banker

Immobilière Internationale Coldwell Banker will guide you through the entire process of buying a property in France, from househunting to exchanging keys

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How to decide where to buy in France

Thursday, March 17, 2016
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This checklist will help you narrow down your French property search and decide where in France to buy a property

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Sponsored:What is a French notaire?

Monday, March 14, 2016
Notaires de France

What is a French notaire and when do you need to use one?

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We are emotionally attached to our homes: when it comes to love at first sight, it's more likely to happen with a building than a person!

From shutters to pigeonniers, these classic property features simply scream France

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Property for sale by Foremost Property Group

Foremost Property Group can help you buy your dream property in France and offer advice on currency and tax through their related companies

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A typical French property advert and its English translation

Property advertisements in France differ significantly from those in the UK - and do you know about the bon de visite?

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When is a bargain not a bargain? Could that terrific property price be hiding a terrible problem? Here’s how you can test whether a French property bargain is as good as it seems

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A handsome Charentaise near Ambleville with pool and septic tank, 390,000 euros (charente-immobilier.com)

Do you know the French rules and regulations for electricity, gas supplys, plumbing and sewage, swimming pools and home insurance? They are very different to the UK so make sure you understand them before you buy a property in France

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© David Noton Photography

Are you thinking about bypassing an estate agent and selling your French property privately? There are some advantages but also some disadvantages. Here are 4 areas to consider before you sell your property privately

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New-build leaseback development in Pra Loup in the Alps on sale with Sextant Properties

Buying a leaseback property in France is becoming popular with those looking for a hassle-free property purchase in France, especially in tourist destinations like the Alps and the coast. But what is a leaseback, how does it work and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

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Kaysersberg in Alsace © David Espin / Fotolia

With plenty of properties and locations to choose from, good healthcare and education services and a regulated and straightforward property market, it’s easy to see why France is a popular choice with British buyers. Here are 7 reasons you should buy a property in France

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The chateau's facade

Still battling with that château-buying dream? Rachel Johnston finds a very tempting compromise in Tarn

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Lake view at night

Howard Watts of Alpine Property World explains why this two-bedroom chalet apartment, on the market for €320,000, gets his vote

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Rhone-Alpes
This traditional fermette in Haute-Vienne comes with 25ha of unspoilt rolling countryside plus barn, two pools and a sauna (675,000 euros, leggettfrance.com)

In the final part of the series, Rachel Johnston looks at the fermette, the bastide and the maison aux colombages

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Midi-Pyrenees
The centre of Megeve at nightfall

If you are looking to make money from your Alpine property purchase you will need to think carefully about location and access but that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on the Alpine lifestyle you want

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Alison Laming's dream home

Alison Laming of Europ’Immobilier explains why this three-bedroom home, on the market for €435,750, gets her vote

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What is a property finder?

Thursday, December 3, 2015
Buying property in France

A property finder could save you time and effort by searching for your French property for you, we find out how the system works

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Once autumn rain has given way to winter snow and sparkling slopes, could your French property dream be anything other than a chalet in the Alps? Rachel Johnston argues not

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3 Alpine apartments in France

Monday, November 30, 2015
Two-bedroom apartment in Les Houches for 280,000 euros

Are you one of the many considering investing in a ski property in France for the winter? Here are three Alpine apartments for sale with good access to the ski slopes to get you started

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The owners of this chateau in Dordogne rent it out in July and August for £8,000-9.500 per week

While the French nobility may have lost their titles during the Revolution, Michelle Denton Cook discovers that the life of a lord or lady of the manor can still be enjoyed today

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With the keys to your new home safely in your hand it’s time to start packing up your belongings. Vicky Leigh considers the practicalities of a move to France

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Make sure you pay the right price for your French property

Working out how much the property you want to buy in France is worth can be difficult as there are many different factors that could affect the price. Peter-Danton de Rouffignac shares 8 tips on working out if the French property you want to buy is worth its asking price

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Splash out on this beautiful mas 2km from the centre of Grignan (Drome), with eight bedrooms, independent gite, stables, pool, orchard and helipad  1,890,000 euros (leggettfrance.com)

In the second of a three-part series, Rachel Johnston looks at the mas, the chalet and the Charentaise

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3 of the best: properties to renovate

Rachel Johnston finds 3 irresistible reasons to dream big and do it yourself

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Laura Croxford's dream home

Laura Croxford of Beaux Villages explains why this renovated stone house in Tarn, on the market for €262,500, easily wins her vote

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Midi-Pyrenees
Apartment in the French Alps for 79,000 euros

A budget of €200,000 can buy you a lot of property in France. Here are 5 properties to get you started including a ski apartment in the Alps and a holiday home near the beach

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Be realistic about what your budget will buy in a chosen region

How do you decide which area is right for you when you’re househunting in a country as large and diverse as France? Nadia Jordan shares her top tips

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