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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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French Alps
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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French Alps

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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French Alps
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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Poitou-Charentes
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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French property for sale
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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The maison de maitre's symmetrical facade with central front door, tall sash-style windows, shutters and gently pitched roof supporting chimneys make it instantly recognisable

In the first of a three-part series, Rachel Johnston looks at the longère, the maison de maître and the château

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Brittany
Le Prieuré

Rachel Johnston heads to ever-popular Dordogne to contemplate life in a beautifully restored residence with 16th-century origins

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Aquitaine
The apartment building's balconied facade

Susie Hollands of VINGT Paris is charmed by the history and romance of an apartment in the Marais

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Paris
Farmhouse near Londigny (Charente) with step-free access and two large ground-floor bedrooms, 316,720 euros (leggettfrance.com)

Life sitting down doesn’t have to mean life staying put. If you or someone you know is a wheelchair user, Rachel Johnston has some insight and inspiration for life in l’Hexagone

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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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e.a.m. INTERNATIONAL, Property on the Cote d`Azur

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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