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French taxe d’aménagement explained

While it might appear to be yet another tax to pay, the taxe d’aménagement is actually a welcome addition for those developing property in France, as Robert Kent explains

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Boats at Île de Ré

Location spotlight: the coast of Charente-Maritime

The coastal towns, riverside villages and property market of this sunny French department are explored by Roger Titchener

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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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Planning permission for public buildings in France

Having guided you through the process of domestic planning permissions, Arthur Cutler explains the regulations concerning public buildings such as cafés and gîtes

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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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Q&A: Opening a bank account in France

Your French property questions answered

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La Clède's 16th-century side as it looks today

Real life: a family home in Ardèche

Chanced upon by her parents, an old house in Ardèche became both a painstaking project and a beloved retreat, reflects Jan Bevan

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This property was bought by a young couple for 280,000 euros and has cost a further 85,000 to be renovated

Save €200,000 in the south of France!

Could you really save up to €200,000 on the price of a house in the south of France? Richard Whiting explains how a flexible approach can pay dividends

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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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General wisdom among analysts suggests that the GBP/EUR rate will rise over the next 12 months

Foreign currency exchange: 7 things to think about in 2015

Looking back on an eventful 12 months for the currency markets, Matthew Harris shares his predictions for 2015

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A long-term let can be a good way to try before you buy

A guide to long-term renting in France: 7 things to consider

A long-term let could be the perfect way to try before you buy your own French property. Vicky Leigh considers the practicalities

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Jenny and John were charmed by the surroundings in Huelgoat

Real life in Brittany: from derelict farmhouse to successful B&B

Having bought a derelict townhouse in the Breton village of Huelgoat, Jenny and John Lovett tell the story of how they transformed their home into a successful B&B

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Rental income: tax tips for French property owners

There are tax implications to consider when renting out your French property on a long-term basis, as Debbie Bradbury explains

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Lalinde has plenty to offer, from honey-coloured stone buildings and ancient stone cathedrals to a gently flowing river and spectacular scenery, not to mention affordable properties

Location spotlight: Lalinde, Dordogne

Lapped by the lazy waters of the Dordogne river, Lalinde is a gem of a town that offers an easy pace of life with amenities right on the doorstep, as Julie Savill discovers

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