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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

Editor's pick

Editor's pick

Editor's Pick

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July/August issue of the magazine is out now!

small 104The new issue of FrenchEntrée is out now! It's packed with articles on French holidays from Honfleur in Normandy, a pick of France's under the radar attractions, a Basque party, Monet's Givery, as well as summer recipes, food & wine guide, plus advice on buying and living in France from property finders and tax and law experts. Click here for a sample or consider our latest subscription offers.

One-Minute News

© Highlights of recent property headlines in the French Media. We comb through the news so you don't have to. more...

The best places to buy property in France right now

by Gaëlle Perraux-Booth © luzulee - Fotolia.comFrance has many well-known areas where foreigners flock to buy property, and they predictably match highly touristic areas like Paris, Provence Cote d’Azur, and the Dordogne, however ... more...

Loi ALUR complicates apartment sales in France

May 2014 gemenacom via fotoliaThe new law that came into effect on March 24, the loi ALUR (Accès au Logement et à un Urbanisme Rénové) has added new steps to the contract... more...

Make the most of your viewing trip

©pixel & creation via fotoliaWhen you're looking for houses in France, it pays to do some preparation. Follow our handy guide to making the most of your viewing trip. more...

Corsica residence restrictions for property ownership destined to be thrown out

April 2014 jeancliclac - fotoliaThe Corsican parliament voted a restriction to ban property purchases by non-residents... more...

Top reasons why people pull the plug on their property dream.

May 2014 ©exyne via fotoliaWhat gives perfectly motivated buyers cold feet at the eleventh hour? We spoke to our experienced property experts and gathered data from clients ... 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...

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.

The Best of British Paint delivered to France

UK Paint DepotIt's amazing how many people have an issue with paint in France. Next to finding a good cup of tea there isn't many things that have annoyed the average expat in France (well maybe a couple of others). French paint is renowned for being expensive and inferior to English paint...

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...

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...

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. Find out more.

Credit Agricole Charente-Périgord Bank and Insurance

Charente-PérigordGet the right advice for your French banking and insurance needs in a language that you understand thanks to our bilingual financial advisors. Call us on 0545 204 960.

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.

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.

Financial advice & solutions for people relocating to France

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

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

Looking For the Perfect Stove to Compliment Your Home?

Stove SellersWe have a comprehensive range of stoves to suit every property, from contemporary to traditional. Visit our on line showroom to see our full range

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