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Buying your house in France


A house in France: the Buyer's Guide

Welcome to the FrenchEntrée guide to buying houses in France.
(Picture 41077tc)In this zone you'll find everything you need in order to buy a French house. Start by reading our step-by-step guide to buying a French house. Find information on the property contracts compromis de vente and acte de vente, the role of the notaire, French diagnostic surveys, the cost of buying and gazumping. This is where you'll also find property trends information, including property survey results. We also have a selection of real life stories, case studies and readers' advice features so you can read the French property buying experiences of others. Plus don't forget to check out our investment property zone.

If you want to share your French house buying experience, or have ideas for new topics please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Need to buy euros?

Organising currency to buy your house in France
Get the best euro exchange rate
Planning to buy a property in France? Read the complete guide to buying euros in our France Currency Exchange zone.
Looking for advice or a quote from a euro currency dealer? Enquire here

Visit our Eco Homes zone

Carbon footprint
Our Eco Homes zone is jam-packed with useful information on installing eco products in France, tax credits and loans, as well as real life case studies from expats who have already gone green. Visit the zone.

Selling your house in France

House sale France
If you have a house in France to sell, visit our selling French property zone where we have a wealth of information to help you sell your French house. With advice on marketing your French property, to the legal implications, we have compiled all the factual information as well as some real life stories from expats.

French Houses - Words and Phrases

A glossary of terms
Baffled by compromis de vente? Bamboozled by Clause Tontine? Then visit our glossary of French houses expressions. And for a full and easy-to-read guide to the French language visit our Language Zone

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Property market update

April 2014 © philippe Devanne - Forecasts for the second half of the year agree on a gradual stabilization of prices ... more...

Top Tips for French Property Buyers

©sp-pic / fotoliaHere are some key things to keep in mind, collated from estate agents and property experts across France... more...

The role of the Notaire in France

© Hagen411 - Fotolia.comThe Notaire in France is involed in most of the important moments in life and ensures that all the proceedings comply with french law. ... more...

Your very own gem apartment in Deauville

Pierre et VacancesPierre & Vacances Property Investment is a full-service property investment company, leader in the tourism industry for more than 25 years, with a network of sales representatives and partners.

What ‘outside space’ really means in France

BalconWhether searching for an old stone house or a modern apartment, most of us would like to get some outside space in with the bargain. But, as Caroline Hill explains, 'outside space' can mean many different things in France. more...

Caravans in the Sun 2014 adventures…

Caravans in the SunSo far during Winter and early Spring we have taken on board various ideas to try and cater to everyone’s needs. We’ve been busy installing our first twin unit park home in France and providing resale static caravans from only £4,995 sited and ready to use in France.

Editor's Property Pick

How about some inspiration for your property search? There's something for every lifestyle and budget ... more...

Get the best French properties emailed to you

Frenchentré FrenchEntree has launched a new service for house hunters in France – a new weekly email showcasing the very best places now on sale, hand-picked by our team of property experts. Read more and sign up here. Try it here...

Editor's pick: a handful of choice properties for sale

© A hand-picked selection of properties from the database to give you an idea of the choices available... more...

Activities, Things To Do and the Power of Socializing

© For couples or families with children, socializing and fitting in can be one of the challenges of spending time in France... things to do...

What will buying your French house cost you?

Updated January 2014 €€€Having found your bargain dream house, it can come as a bit of a shock that the buyer pays the agency fees and the legal fees... more...

Diagnostic surveys

©auremar via folotia The role that surveys play in the purchase of a house in France is very different from what you may be used to. more...

Tax liability on rental income in France

©maly via You'd like to let out your second home in France, but what are the tax implications? David Franks, Chief Executive of Blevins Franks, explains. More...

Insure Your Holiday Home – In English

Schofields Home InsuranceInsurance for your French holiday home when it's unoccupied or holiday let. Simple to understand French home insurance in plain English - Get a quote.

Expat Health Insurance in France

If you're moving to France, don't forget expat health insurance. Cigna have more than 30 years experience at providing global healthcare. Get a free quote.

Save a Fortune on Currency Exchange

Currency ExchangeWhether you need advice or an international money transfer quote, FrenchEntree's currency partner - Moneycorp - can help. Visit the France currency exchange zone.

French Legal Advice

Stone King
Protect your assets across borders and jurisdictions covering Wills & succession planning, Inheritance Tax, Probate following death of a family member plus more... Visit for more information.

Mobile homes for sale in France from £5,995

Caravans in the Sun New sited mobile homes from £16,995 and resale sited mobile homes from £5,995. Sites open for 12 months of the year. Aquitaine, Brittany, Dordogne, Languedoc, Pas-de-Calais and the Vendee.

French Alps Ski Property

MGM Ski ChaletMGM Constructeur, the leading property developer in the French Alps, currently markets high quality apartments in more than 40 locations: ski resorts, alpine villages and by Lake Annecy. More info

UKtelecom Special Offer

UK Telecom40% off your broadband & FREE CALLS to French and UK mobiles. Management of new line installations, unlimited call packages and much more. Save money here.

Save 30% on sailings to France

Brittany Ferries Club VoyageWish you could sail in style to France or Spain for less? Join the Brittany Ferries Travel Club – Club Voyage. Make big savings on Brittany Ferries fares and enjoy lots of onboard extras too!

Financial advice & solutions for people relocating to France

Siddalls Download Siddalls help sheets for "your new life in France" by clicking here.

French property and succession law

Barney and Co SolicitorsWe help UK Nationals with buying and selling French property and French succession law problems including making wills. View our website to find out more.

Expert French mortgage advice

French mortgagesVisit the mortgage zone for up-to-date information, FAQs and best buy French mortgages. Repayment and interest only French mortgages available.

Free International Money Transfers

Currency Zone A great rate and no transfer fee for the life of your account! Make a no obligation enquiry to FrenchEntrée, and see how we can save you money.

Bring comfort & warmth into your home

WarmupThe perfect underfloor heating solution – suitable under all floor finishes in new build and renovation projects. Visit

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