Ask the Experts: Getting a Handle on Mortgages

Securing a mortgage in France doesn’t have to be difficult and can be more cost-effective than paying for your property in cash FrenchEntrée Property Director Alistair Lockhart advises prospective buyers on the best way to secure a mortgage and get

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Legally Dealing with Waste Problems in France

Sarah Bright, property lawyer in Toulouse, tackles the unmentionable As comical as it seems, I spend one huge dollop of my time rectifying expats’ scatological disputes. Leaky drains, overflowing cesspits, broken pipes… Bad plumbing, though hardly glamorous, has become a

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Pound-to-Euro under Brexit pressure

Last week we saw the pound fall nearly 4% against the euro. Not great news for those in the UK looking to exchange their funds into euros to pay for their dream property in France. The only thing that stopped

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Mortgage Update: French Mortgages for the Over-60s

Since the 1970s, France has been a property and lifestyle destination for retired and pre-retirees from overseas, particularly the UK. Every week we speak with clients in their 50s and 60s who are either looking for a holiday home or

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Buying a Property to Renovate in France

Many of the properties for sale come with that key caveat. they ‘need work’. Our expert contributor shares tips for buying a property to renovate in France.

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Risk Is Back on the Agenda

A sudden surge in coronavirus cases in America, Europe and UK is threating the precarious balance achieved on the last months. For those thinking of buying in a different country and with a different currency this situation is really difficult.

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6 French Properties with Incredible Views

One of the most common requirements from prospective buyers is that they want to own a property in France is, “must have nice views”. This week we have a look at some wonderful French properties for sale with views to

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What Are Matrimonial Property Regimes?

Charlotte Macdonald is an associate solicitor in Stone King’s international and cross-border team. Over a series of articles Charlotte answers legal and practical questions that are often asked by her clients in relation to France; whether that be buying or

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Property Buying: Ready, Steady… Go!

With the possibility of travelling to France again, visiting trips to complete transactions or find a property are back on track. If you’ve read our previous articles you will have seen that exchange rates have been in flux during this

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Webinar Registration

FrenchEntrée Property Tips Webinars – Buying in France before Brexit. Dreaming of owning a property in France, but unsure on what you need to know pre Brexit? Following on from the success of the first webinar (which is now available

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French Succession and English Estate Administration

Charlotte Macdonald is an associate solicitor in Stone King’s international and cross border team. Over a series of articles Charlotte answers legal and practical questions that are being asked by her clients in relation to COIVID-19; buying or selling property

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Currency Buying: What Moves the Exchange Rates?

The foreign exchange market is one of the most volatile global markets. Open 24/7 exchange rates fluctuate by the second. Some movements might appear insignificant, moving from 1.1450 to 1.1430 might not pose much of a risk. But some fluctuations

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View from the Immobilier: Freddy Rueda

This week we hear from a longstanding partner of FrenchEntrée, Freddy Rueda of Real Estate Languedoc. We’ve been working with Freddy for a number of years now, marketing his fantastic properties in the Languedoc region to our international readers. Freddy’s

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Rules Changes Are Good News for Co-propriété Owners

On June 1, a series of measures adopted by law last October will come into force, changing certain rules governing the management of co-propriétés (co-ownerships such as in apartments buildings). Many of the old laws had been in place since

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How has COVID-19 affected the French Mortgage market?

We continue to be contacted daily by prospective British and International French property buyers to understand what their borrowing capacity is in France. In short, the mortgage market has constricted slightly since the pandemic and ensuing lockdown, but brokers and

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Property Market Opens with the Pound under Pressure

After a pause of more than two months, the property world is starting to show signs of life again as lockdown restrictions begin to ease on both sides of the channel. Good news for those who have been sitting patiently,

Know Your Currency Options

  One of the main advantages to use a foreign exchange specialist rather than a bank is the ability to access a wide range of currency tools to help you decide the best way to buy or sell your currency.

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Exchange Rates Can Make or Break Your Budget

Buying a property in France can be an exciting venture. Deciding the region where you would like your French house to be located is one of the first and more challenging decisions to be made with 22 regions to choose

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Are Interest-Only Mortgages Available in France?

We’ve spoken to several clients over the last few weeks who are keen to understand more about interest-only mortgages in France. In many countries, including the UK, an interest-only mortgage is a cost-effective way to borrow, and works particularly well

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Property Buying Deposits

Who keeps the money if the sale falls though? When purchasing property in France, two contracts will be signed and upon the signature of the first, the purchaser will pay into a notary’s account a deposit which will either be

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French Investment in Todays Market

As you will no doubt be aware, markets have continued to be volatile.  The price of oil moved negative on Monday 20th April for the first time in history. The price of a barrel of West Texas Intermediate (WTI), the

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Currency: Brexit Strategy Back in the News

Last week was particularly volatile in the currency markets following a record negative oil prices and the return of Brexit discussions. The pound lost some ground on Friday despite the EU leaders failing to agree a common response to the