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Welcome to French Property News, the ultimate househunters’ guide to the French property market. Here you can find everything you need to know about buying a property in France, including advice on the legal process and financing your purchase, in-depth location guides to help you choose where to buy, and features on renovation and new-build property, as well as inspiring real life stories from those who’ve already found their dream home. With advice from estate agents, property finders, solicitors, and financial and tax experts, plus all the latest property news and market reports, it’s a one-stop shop for anyone considering a property purchase in France, whether now or in the future.  

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An artist's impression of MGM's new résidence de tourisme Le Napoleon

Latest development in Montgenèvre in the French Alps

Newest résidence takes shape in France’s oldest ski resort

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Healthcare in France

Your entitlement to medical cover in France can be a complex issue, so we’ve asked Johanna Matthews to answer some of your most frequently asked questions

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Local Council and European Elections 2014

In a discussion with Neil Spoonley, the Maire of Beyssenac in Corrèze, Francis Comby, explains why expats should register on the local electoral roll before 31st December this year

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A lovely village in the Lot valley

Currency update September 2013

Philip Ryan provides valuable insight into the latest currency situation in the UK and Europe

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A beautiful colombage home in Normandy; ¬484,000 (www.clefrance.co.uk)

Welcome change to capital gains tax

President François Hollande has announced a change to the capital gains tax system on second home sales in France

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Property search

Buying guides

This secluded property in desirable Valbonne (Alpes-Maritimes) is on the market for E580,000

Interview: Property search agent in Provence

Betty Bloom of SPA Properties shares her view of the current property market in her sunny south-east corner of France

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This two-bedroom cottage in Finistère is on the market for ¬55,000 (JB French Houses)

France for first-time buyers

It’s not just seasoned buyers that are searching for French homes. As Jessica Carter discovers, first-timers are also catching on to France’s property-buying potential

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There are a number of reasons why prospective purchasers should consider having a survey done

Property surveys in France

Looking beyond the initial beauty of an old French home can be tricky, but, as Andrew Bailey explains, there are many benefits to undertaking a pre-purchase survey

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Phone lines and broadband in France

With a huge range of choices available for buyers in France looking to install communication services, Bob Elliott guides you through the various options

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French community integration

Looking back at life in France so far, Neil Spoonley recalls how he and his wife slowly fitted into the community by attending, among other things, village dinners and dances

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Coast to coast in Charente-Maritime

With sun-soaked beaches galore, Charente-Maritime is the place to go to feel the sand between your toes, but there’s plenty more besides, as Solange Hando discovers

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Survey before signing

No matter how idyllic the French home you’ve found might be, Matthew Cameron defends the legal benefits of conducting a survey before handing over the money

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Transferring money to France

In order to pay for your dream home across the Channel, you will need to send funds to a French bank account. Laura Parsons shares the simplest ways of making the move

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Ensure you get your taxes right when renting out your property

Taxation on holiday homes

Alex Romaine explains how taxation works on holiday homes in France and shows how you can save money on furnished and unfurnished rental properties with some simple accounting

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Capital gains tax

Florence Richards takes a look at the recent changes in capital gains tax for second homes in France

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Resale tax

David Anderson explains the latest amendments relating to the resale of properties less than five years old

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Moving to a pretty village such as this in Picardy could be more financially viable than you think

The French tax system

Moving or retiring to France is a dream that many share. We look at how spending your time in France can actually work to your financial advantage

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Working in France

Ciara runs her upholstery business from her 17th-century chateau deep in the Gers countryside

Running an upholstery business in Gers

Sandra Haurant meets an expat who has turned her love of textiles into a thriving upholstery business, which is based in a Gers château

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Making your French rental a success

Setting up your own holiday rental in France? Damian Sheridan runs through five essential steps to help make it a success

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An attractive property will make it stand out in the lettings market

Rental potential

If you want to reap a financial benefit from owning a property in France, why not consider long-term lets, says Anne Cunningham-Davis

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