It’s a sultry summer lunchtime in southwest France and I’m happily tucking into perfectly cooked (à point, since you ask!) lamb chops on the riverside terrace at Le Festin de Babette, a popular spot in St Antonin-Noble-Val. It’s the picture…
Graham and Cheryl first fell in love with France in the 70’s and several decades later they decided to call Paris home …
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…
As in other countries, people selling a house in France have certain obligations and duties. Here we examine the selling process in detail…
FrenchEntrée is a French property and lifestyle resource, curated by real people who have lived and worked in France. We have a network of multilingual lenders and brokers with whom we work to provide our clients with the best options to finance their plans.
If you’re looking for houses in France, it pays to be prepared. Follow our handy bullet-point guide to making the most of your viewing trip. * Make sure you have appointments booked with agents – don’t expect to just…
Once you’ve narrowed down your search area, you can book appointments to view the properties you have selected either through your property finder or with the French estate agents directly. Before you set out on your property inspection trip, here are some top tips to make the most of the time and funds at your disposal.
How about some inspiration for your French property search? There’s something for every lifestyle and budget …
There is no requirement in France to have a pre-purchase ‘building survey’ done. There are laws requiring a vendor to provide diagnostiques including: termites, asbestos, lead paint, energy efficiency, electrical and gas installations, plus environmental risks such as earthquakes and…
Thinking of buying of property in Paris? Read our top 10 tips for a well-informed decision.
This Guide has been written to give you a general step-by-step overview of the property buying process. Please use the references and links within this article and at the end to find more detail about stages of the process. The…
If you are planning to relocate to France and are still at the age where you need an income you may be dreaming of setting up your own business. Perhaps you know exactly what it is you want to do, or are looking for a business opportunity in France. Read our Practical Guide
Highlights of recent property news headlines in the French Media. We comb through the news so you don’t have to.
‘A common error made by a lot of foreign business owners who moved to my area was to think that France was basically the same as back home, except for the language and this just isn’t the case,’. See what people working in France are saying.
The Compromis de Vente is the first formal and legally binding stage in the property purchase process in France.
Thinking of buying a property in Poitou-Charentes? This article is an introductory guide to the area covering climate, landscape, attractions, access, property styles and prices.
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…
A hand-picked selection of properties for sale in France chosen from the database to give you an idea of the wide range of options available in different styles, budgets and areas …
Start your property search here: An overview of the most important aspects of purchasing a property in the Languedoc Roussillon region of southwest France.
The Dordogne has been popular with house-buyers from outside the Hexagon. But there are many things to consider before you buy, so here’s a guide to the different attractions of the Dordogne and points to ponder before you sign on the dotted line.
When you arrange a visit to a property, the estate agent asks you to sign a bon de visite. What is this document and how legally binding is it?
Buyers of a property in France get the peace of mind of a cooling off period, known as délai de rétractation, of ten days before the contract becomes binding.
FrenchEntrée chats with Sarah, who moved her family to France in 2011, about the most commonly asked questions by people considering downshifting to France, to change their high-pressure lifestyle for a slower and more rewarding one, even if that means cutting down on expenses.
Your questions answered: when you buy a property why are the fees retained by Notaires in France so substantial? There is understandable confusion about this point but in fact most of these monies are collected by the Notaire acting on behalf of the state.
Putting together a business plan is a great way to focus your mind on exactly what your enterprise is going to be – and whether it is viable….
Buying a property in France is all about timing. The best way to avoid a picky French bank tripping up your buying process is to start early.
FrenchEntrée is not just one of the best online French property databases, there’s a dedicated team that can assist you throughout your search and can answer any question you might have about buying a property in France.
If you sell a property in France for more than you paid for it you are potentially liable for tax on the capital gain, but there are exceptions.
Bobo is the contraction of two very contrasting styles of living, the bourgeois and the bohemian, or bourgeois-bohème, reflected in everything from fashion to food and, of course, also reflected in the the way to style the home.
The Acte de Vente or Acte Authentique is the final contract signed by the buyer and seller when a property is sold in France. It must be prepared and witnessed in France, by a notaire.
You can have a private survey on a French property done at any point in the process, but there are a few things to keep in mind.
When you advertise a property for sale, you are never quite sure who will walk through the door, or phone, or email. What can you do to protect yourself? Better to err on the side of caution.
If you are planning a trip to France to view a few houses, you may find that the estate agents refuse to give out the address of the properties you are interested in. We tell you why…
Your questions answered: When you buy a property, who pays the local taxes such as land tax and residence tax, the buyer or the seller?
Buying a house in France may be quite different from purchasing one in your own country. That doesn’t mean the process is more complicated – and can even be simpler. The key is to understand how the system works.
With French mortgage rates recently at historic lows, there’s rarely been a better time to take out financing on a property in France.
Social charges in France are effectively another form of tax on income, paid in addition to income and capital gains taxes. Prior to 2012 they were only levied on residents, but then rules changed.
Paris Magnum Eric Hazan, Flammarion, £40 When envisioning Paris, the mind’s eye will most likely conjure visions of bustling café terrasses, smoky jazz clubs and, of course, photographer Robert Doisneau’s 1950 shot, Le Baiser de l’hôtel de Ville (Kiss by the Town Hall). At the time…
Your dream of buying a property in France could come true. The new UK pension reform rules are set to revolutionise the way we take income retirement.
Britons who have bought off-plan a ski property taking shape in the French Alpine resort of Tignes can make daily on-line checks on building progress thanks to a ‘spy-in-the-sky’.
Our growing awareness of the impact we have on our environment has led to a growing interest in eco-buildings as full-time residences. Wood is a sustainable resource and careful husbandry will allow these products to be available long after the plastic, fossil fuel created windows and doors become uneconomical.
Gina Dyer heads inland to Bordeaux and Cognac to sharpen her wine-tasting skills – and receives an impromptu proposal…
When is a house a habitable house? I had expected a straightforward answer and not some internal meta-ethical discourse on the nature of the meaning of the French word “habitable”. I might be old-fashioned but in my mind a house…
With a strong pound and property prices still low in,France it is a great time to find a bargain and buy your dream property in France for less. Av€200,000 property will now cost you £18,900 less compared with January 2014!
French law no longer requires non-resident sellers domiciled in the EU to appoint a fiscal representative on the sale of property in France, an experience that could be quite costly and verging on the surreal.
If you want to get a paid job in France, get a head start with our guide to the employment situation, from the different workplace customs to contracts and wages
If you are buying a property in France, and/or moving there to live, you should start your tax planning nice and early. Ideally this would be before you buy the property, and before you move there.
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.
Up-and-coming French alpine resort Val Cenis (close to the Italian border) is one of the best places to learn to ski and boasts the longest green piste in Europe.
For British people, the prospect of purchasing a new property in France can inspire excitement and apprehension in equal doses. Owning your own little corner of France is often a dream waiting to come true, but the process of completing…