A “problem” house should largely be avoided when you are looking to buy your home in France. Occasionally, however, it could be a blessing in disguise … as long as you know exactly what you’re doing.
Regional Property Guides
Working as a property finder, people often ask Jacqueline how easy it is to settle into French life. She finds inspiration in Lynn, who took to her new life in France like a duck to water.
As a long term fan of the Channel 4 programme ‘A Place in the Sun’, I was delighted when they asked me to be the local property expert on a show they were filming in my area last week. The…
I have now been a buyer’s agent in Southern Dordogne close to 4 years and this means of course that I have visited many, many properties …
Val Walmsley, property finder for Vendée and Deux-Sèvres, explains why she’s so well placed when it comes to helping others find (and even renovate) a new home …
The relaunch of France’s professional network of property finders. The France Property Finders are looking for property finder partners in key locations throughout France…
Property Finder Laura Murat gives us a glimpse into the life of a property finder in France.
The “real” South of France by Neale Roberts, Property Finder in the area of Carcassone, Béziers and Narbonne in the south of France.
Jacqueline Davies gives an update on the state of the property market in Coastal Vendée
In August 2012 Jenny (a management consultant) and her partner John (a builder) moved to Huelgoat in Brittany, where they are currently converting a local property into their dream home. Here, they tell us the ups and downs of such a project.
An Update from Val Walmsley,Property Finder in Vendée and Deux-Sèvres
Property Finder Rebecca Russell finds a property with an extraordinary view near Cap Ferrat.
My husband and I fell in love with this little lane near the house we were about to buy. I wish I had then had the help of someone living permanently in the area.
Jacqueline tells us how the property market is behaving in her area, and what her work has in common with archeology.
Sophia gives us a compelling reason to buy the wrong house in Provence and a spotlight on the market in the area.
If you’re looking at the Paris property market as an investment opportunity rather for personal use, the French capital offers some attractive choices.
Thinking of buying of property in Paris? Read our top 10 tips for a well-informed decision.
As always, Brittany is popular whatever the economic climate. Well-informed buyers can find greater choice and better value.
Dordogne has a reputation for being full of Brits and according to official figures, it has a UK expatriate population without equal in France. Why? It is an amazingly beautiful region with lots of space and a healthy property market.
Paul and Joanne Rands moved to France with their two young children and established a successful construction company, La Noneix Construction and Property Services, offering a full range of building services, from a small job right through to a total renovation.
Daren and Adi bought a plot in Brittany and used salvaged materials to build a house so intriguing that Channel 4’s Kevin McCloud had to see it for himself. Here, Adi talks FrenchEntrée through planning permission, energy saving appliances and top tips for building abroad
The Alpilles never cease to enthrall, no matter how many times you navigate the meandering little roads that connect the dreamlike unspoilt villages scattered throughout this protected nature reserve.
The Haute-Garonne department is one of the eight departments of the Midi-Pyrénées region in SW France and is home to both the bustling metropolis of Toulouse and a rural backdrop of undulating hills and valleys.
The southern Gers region in the Midi-Pyrénées is the France of many people’s imaginations; sunflowers and gently rolling hills, medieval bastide towns and classic French farmhouses, vineyards and typical French country restaurants.
This is a region where there really is property to suit every taste and every budget and it is well located with a great climate, summer and winter. Much of the Ariège is within an hour of Toulouse.
Jacqueline Miller, FrenchEntrée property finder for La Rochelle and the Vendée coast, has noticed that an increasing number of properties are being sold with a dependence – well worth knowing about if you are looking to buy a house in France.
Sue Aitken owns a flat in Sanary-sur-Mer, a town in Provence that she discovered as a student. Here Sue tells FrenchEntrée how the town has managed to retain its charm over the years and why she decided to buy the first property she saw.
Thinking of buying a property in Aquitaine? This article is an introductory guide to the region covering climate, landscape, attractions, access, property styles and prices.
FrenchEntrée is pleased to announce that it now offers property for sale in Corsica. Houses and apartments on the island, located between France and Italy, offer some spectacular sea views.
Jacqueline Hanks lives in the Bergerac and southern Dordogne area. Here she takes us through its top attractions, from townhouses with colombage to pretty new villas with swimming pools, not to mention excellent transport links and delicious local produce.
You are probably fed up with me always telling you how wonderful the French people are, and how amazing the architecture is and how stunningly beautiful are the hamlets and villages of rural France. Well this episode is slightly different and has a uniquely British slant to it.
Terry Ferdinand, who has a holiday home in the Creuse department, shares with us the delights of an unexpected trip around a local château. Terry and his wife were on their weekly shopping trip to Gueret but managed to fit in a fascinating history lesson en route.
Val Walmsley tells the story of how she snapped up a renovation project as a second home. But once work had begun to transform the two C18 farmhouses (one habitable, the other in a sorry state) she couldn’t bear to leave and soon persuaded her other half to make France their permanent place of residence
It is often said that the weather in Limousin is wet, that it rains constantly and the sun is a rare sight. However, those of us who live here know that this is definitely not the case. Each department of Limousin experiences different weather…
Historically, the region of Franche Comté, located close to France’s border with Switzerland, has not proved as popular as one might expect amongst English speaking property investors. This is in spite of Franche Comté’s natural beauty and plethora of tourist attractions, including three UNESCO world heritage sites.
Those of us who have been lucky enough to spend a summer in Provence know that it is an exceptional experience – the combination of scent, sound and heat make it unlike anywhere else.
Saint Tropez is a town dedicated to art, culture and tradition. Celebrities, artists and writers all fell under its spell in the 1950s. Back then one could bump into Picasso, Francoise Sagan and Jacques Prévert amongst others…
Ideally situated, in the centre of South West France, for the mountains, lakes or the sea, the Tarn has something for everyone and is a wonderful place to buy property, whether to live full-time, or to spend weekends or holidays.
My love affair with France began nearly 20 years ago, when I was 18 years old. I was drawn to France, why – I don’t know. I had never been to France, never experience the French culture or food; I just knew I wanted to be there someday. I used to dream and believe by the time I was 35, I would live 6 months in Australia and 6 months in France…
Penny and Ken Smith have been running their property management company Complete Property Care for the last six years. Situated in a small village called Neuvy Bouin roughly 20 minutes from Parthenay, in Deux Sèvres, they look after properties within a 50 minute radius, and are currently managing 10 properties…
Buying a house in France is a big step to take. Beryl Brennan discusses the different types of properties and important points to consider before you sign on the dotted line.
If you own property in Brittany, it is likely that you will undertake some building or renovation work on it at some point, and that you will need some advice or the help of a professional to get it right. From new builds to restorations, there are…
We all know that going green is the right thing to do to save the planet, but did you know that going green could also earn you extra money? Read on to find out how you can benefit from a “photovoltaic solar energy system” installed on your Languedoc-Roussillon property.
Gordon and Jocelyn Simms are writers and poets and, when they decided to retire to France, it was important that they found the perfect place in which to ‘live their dream’. Gordon tells the tale of how they found their mill home by the river.
Global economic slowdown, inflation, exchange rate misery, failing investments… they are everywhere you look in today’s world. Yet in this tranquil corner of SW France the reverberations of these things seem less important. The region still offers the same great reasons for buying that it always has…
Looking for a real bargain?
Charente may just be the right place to begin your search….
The stunning Loire Valley is known as the Valley of the Kings and is home to the most beautiful chateaux in France.
However, you may not need a King’s Ransom to acquire a property in this beautiful region.
Your essential guide to facilities in towns to be found north of the Loire and east of Angers.
You can find details on bars, restaurants, chemists, banks, supermarkets, broadband, English-language cinema, distance to the ports and much more.
Although the property market in France is quieter than usual, some agents are suggesting this is actually a good time to buy. There is a huge range of choice available and many sellers are willing to negotiate on price which can more than offset any recent changes in the exchange rate. The current slow down is not likely to last forever and once things pick up again prices can only increase.
The Mayenne Department (county) offers some of the most attractive properties in France at prices often well below the national average. From renovation projects at under €30,000 to the cheapest chateaux in the country, you’ll find them all here.