A house in France: the Buyer's Guide
Welcome to the FrenchEntrée guide to buying houses in France
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
. 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
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
Planning to buy a property in France? Read the complete guide to buying euros in our France Currency Exchange
Looking for advice or a quote from a euro currency dealer?
Visit our Eco Homes zone
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
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
(Picture 5623l)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
French House Price Calculator
(Picture 5626l)To help you estimate the value of your current French house or the potential cost of a French house that you are looking to buy try our French House Price Calculator
Claim your share of the sunshine lifestyle
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Following the fiscal and economic news at the end of 2012, the market went into suspended animation.
A report on the projections of the national federation of French estate agents (FNAIM) for the shape of 2013.
The dream is within reach. These French properties are both charming and affordable.
There’s no better feeling than realising the moment when your dream of buying a holiday home becomes a reality. For a few weeks or months each year you might escape there and holiday with family and friends. But for the rest of the year? Chances are it just lies empty, while you still have to cover the costs.
A sampler of properties in Lucky Department 13 to whet your appetite for the Bouches-du-Rhône.
Whether you want to rent out a few weeks to cover some costs, make your retirement home pay for itself, or you dream about a career change or living abroad, letting your property could be the answer.
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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.
The France Show • January 2013 • over 11,500 visitors
So you didn't make it to the France show? No problem. We eavesdropped for you. Here's what exhibitors and visitors were saying.
The stuff of dreams, we pick French castles from the top end of the market to the entry level budget.
A sampler of properties with enticing swimming pools for every budget.
2 income units or more
To give you an idea of the options available, we prepared a sample of properties that include two or more gîtes.
Verandas, terrasses, dependances, balcons etc.
Whether searching for an old stone house in a village or an apartment in a modern block, most of us would like to get some outside space in the bargain. But as Caroline Hill explains, 'outside space' can mean many different things in France...
Following the report that France offers the best quality of life in Europe, it should come as no surprise to find that that this is where the majority of holiday home owners choose to invest. Research shows France has overtaken Spain.
Avilion Sustainable Homes was created with the specific aim of supplying quality timber frame homes in France. As energy costs rise the benefit of high standards of insulation are self-evident. And the savings are significant.
Hilary and Arthur Moore were pretty certain they wanted to move to France. But to be sure - and to know that they had chosen the right part of France - they rented first. Here Arthur explains why it was the best thing they could have done.
For the French it's quite common to get your own home built. Now more and more Britons are considering the same option in France. David Murray, author of a new book on the subject, explains how to go about it
Viewing a house: 10 questions to ask
Nadia Jordan offers the benefit of her experience as a property finder in the Pyrénées and reveals 10 of the most important questions to ask of an agent when searching for your ideal house in France.more...
With the cost of energy rising, it’s more important than ever to find the most effecting ways of heating and providing energy for your house. Marc Asker of EcoPower considers the options and gives some practical advice
Insure Your Holiday Home – In English
Insurance for your French holiday home when it's unoccupied or holiday let. Simple to understand French home insurance in plain English - Get a quote
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Sail to Le Havre
New for May 2013
, Brittany Ferries introduces a high speed service to Le Havre. Arriving in just 3hrs 45 mins, this early morning sailing means that you can be in France for lunch
Avoid unnecessary taxation in France
Tax planning is essential if you are to avoid paying on to Caesar more than is due to him. Blevins Franks mini-site explains more
Letting your property has never been easier!
With unrivalled resources, unbeatable expertise and friendly Regional Managers on hand near your property, we make letting in France as pleasurable as it is profitable. Find out why so many UK owners choose us at rentmycottage.com
French Alps Ski Property
, 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
French property and succession law
We help UK Nationals with buying and selling French property and French succession law problems including making wills. View our website to find out more
Moving to France for LESS!
Anyvan is a part load and removal specialist moving anything and everything to/from France – saving up to 75%. Visit AnyVan.com
French Property Services
Looking for your perfect French property or have already found it but need help with its upkeep? Let us help
Innovation in Wealth Management
Fiscal, legal, mortgage, pension, investment and financial advice and services to French residents, those relocating here or those with assets in the hexagon, whatever their nationality. Qualified as Conseillers en Gestion de Patrimoine Indépendent, and with UK financial and IFA qualifications too. Find our more
Expert French mortgage advice
Visit the mortgage zone for up-to-date information, FAQs and best buy French mortgages
. Repayment and interest only French mortgages
Financial advice & solutions for people relocating to France
Download Siddalls help sheets for "your new life in France" by clicking here
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Mobile homes for sale in France from £5,995
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.
Bring comfort & warmth into your home
The perfect underfloor heating solution
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Cheap Car Hire in France
Book car hire with built-in excess insurance, a free additional driver and all airport taxes and surcharges included. Get a quote now
Are you frustrated with French paint?
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Cost effective removals and transport services between London and Paris.
6 Steps to buying your first house in France
Don't get caught out, read our quick overview
of the steps you need to go through to buy a house in France.
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Something to buy or sell?
If you've got something you need to buy, or something you're looking at selling, visit FrenchEntrée's free ads
section to upload your free advertising listing.
France for Australians
Visit our mini-site for Australians interested in visiting or living in France. more...
Explore the regions of France
If you love France & want to visit your favourite region, than we have everything for you in over 20 sites dedicated to the regions of France.
Save a Fortune on Currency Exchange
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