French property buying guides

The facade and pool

Interview with an agent in Hautes-Pyrénées

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

Buying guide part 6: the compromis de vente

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

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The farmhouse's pretty facade

Interview with an agent in Poitou-Charentes

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

Buying guide part 5: French property viewings and price negotiation

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

Your Guide to Buying Property in France

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?

5 budget properties in Provence

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

Interview with an agent on the Riviera

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

Luxury French property for less

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

Agent interview: French Riviera

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

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French property buying guide part 3: mortgages and currency contracts

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

Agent interview: Auch, Gers, Midi-Pyrénées

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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There are 10 ways in which you can ensure your property purchase proceeds safely

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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A holiday home in France – Lodges and Mobile Homes

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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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