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10 reasons to buy a mobile home in France

Low cost, no hassle, all shapes and sizes - here are 10 reasons why a mobile home in France could be the ideal option

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Grasse © Costel/VTC Nice

You don’t have to break the bank to buy a property on the Riviera, we’ve discovered 7 areas slightly inland that are much cheaper than the major coastal resorts

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How to find and use a good estate agent

Tuesday, August 9, 2016
How to find a good estate agent © BsWei / Thinkstock

A good estate agent can save you time and money when searching for your dream French property. Use our tips to help you find a good estate agent and make the most of them

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Village of Estaing in Midi-Pyrenees © Freeartist / ThinkstockPhotos

Stunning scenery, pretty villages with traditional, reasonably priced properties, delicious food and a gentle pace of life... there are so many reasons why you should buy a property in Midi-Pyrénées in south-west France

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Ibex near Lake Anncey ©Savoie Mont Blanc / Chabance

If nature is top of your French property wish list then you’ll be right at home in one of these five areas of France

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Ad Feature: Summer property picks in the French Alps

Friday, July 22, 2016
Les Chalets de Flambeau, Val Cenis © Studio Bergoend - Annecy (74) - France

Summer is in full swing in the French Alps and leanding Alpine developer MGM French Properties offers its top property picks for the summer

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Midi-Pyrénées is famed for its beautiful villages

For many, having fun in the sun is a major reason of wanting to move to France. Here are 6 places you can be sure the sun will show up…

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Property for sale in Uzes at the French Property Exhibition in September

These stunning French properties are all available at the French Property Exhibition at London’s Olympia 16-18 September – make sure you visit to find your dream home in France

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Ad Feature: Ideally located apartment in the French Alps

Friday, July 8, 2016
Apartment for sale in Flaine in the French Alps

This delightful two-bedroom apartment for sale is in a great ski-in, ski-out location in Flaine in the French Alps

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Ad Feature: 5 top tips for buying and moving to France

Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Top tips for moving to France

Experienced estate agency Allez-Français shares their 5 top tips for buying a property and moving to France

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Tips for successful househunting © Cinzia8 / Dreamstime

Planning a househunting trip to France? Follow these 10 insider tips to make sure everything goes smoothing and you find your dream French property

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© Alexander Tolstykh

Before you buy, make sure you understand how the system of apartment co-ownership in France works

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What type of French property should you buy?

New or old? House or apartment? As well as location it is important to decide on the type of French property you are looking for before you start viewings

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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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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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Ad Feature: 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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Ad Feature: Get help with all aspects of buying a property in France

Wednesday, March 2, 2016
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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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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