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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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Q&A: Transfer of property ownership under the tontine clause

Matthew Cameron of AshtonKCJ Solicitors offers advice

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French property auction – catalogue now online

The catalogue for the UK’s first French property auction is now available

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Joan's dream pick: a large, character Charentaise house with six bedrooms, barns and a pool, for sale at ¬273,000

Interview with an agent in Poitou-Charentes

Joan Jenkins of Actous Immobilier shares her view of the property market in Poitou-Charentes

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Left to right: Gary Burke (Burke Bros), Charles Smallwood (Agence LUnion), Steve Gillham (Alliance French Property Group), Ben Hingley (Burke Bros)

French property industry leaders participate in 25th year double celebration

The UK’s number one French Property Exhibition at London’s Olympia Exhibition Hall, Friday 19th to Sunday 21st September 2014, was the setting for a great 25th anniversary celebration and reunion.

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Buying guides

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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There is no planning application fee in France, but if an application is approved, a one-off tax is payable

Planning permission: the application and approval requirements

In the third instalment of Arthur Cutler’s series on planning permission, we look at where to submit your application, what to include in your dossier and the approval requirements

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Less than an hour's drive from Geneva airport, Les Houches offers Tessa and Michael the authentic mountain village atmosphere they wanted, with world-class skiing and stunning scenery

That’s snow business: owning property in a ski resort

Fulfilling a lifelong dream to own a property in the French Alps, Tessa Regan shares her experiences of buying in a ski resort and how she still enjoys the best of all worlds

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Q&A: Transfer of property ownership under the tontine clause

Matthew Cameron of AshtonKCJ Solicitors offers advice

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Top 5 towns in Charente

Karen Tait picks out five of her favourites in the sunny Poitou-Charentes department, from those ideal for househunters seeking city life to those wanting a village vibe

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Currency

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Changes to the UK personal allowance explained

Robert Kent explains why most expats in France are unlikely to be affected if the tax-free allowance is withdrawn

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Tax

The French auto-entrepreneur scheme

With reforms to the auto-entrepreneur scheme due to come into effect on 1 January 2015, Debbie Bradbury explains how these changes might affect your business

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This new development of studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments in Languedoc-Roussillon is ideal for keen skiers and golfers. Onsite facilities include a spa and pool and prices start at 85,750 euros (www.latitudes.co.uk/fpn)

Many happy returns: the tax advantages of leaseback

Buying a leaseback home can be a tax-efficient way of investing in French property. Kehinde Dauda explains the tax advantages associated with this type of purchase

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French tax on rental properties

Alex Romaine explains the tax implications of running a holiday let in France and shares how you can prepare yourself in order to comply with the current legislation

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French tax doesn’t need to be taxing

There are a number of tax implications to consider before making a move to France. Kate Brehaut explains the requirements of French income tax and social surcharges and guides you through the forms you’ll need to complete

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Working in France

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5 ways to make a living in France

If you need to make a living in France, there are lots of options open to you from running a gîte to finding full-time employment, but make sure you are well prepared

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Teaching English in France

France is many people’s dream destination, but life here can be isolating if you are not working or don’t speak French

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10 tips for running a gîte

British expat and gîte owner Tom Reilly shares his 10 top tips for running a gîte

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