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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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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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Your Travel Options to France from June 15

  France is once again open to visitors as of today, June 15, with the country lifting all travel restrictions at its internal European borders, in accordance with recommendations made by the European Commission. From today, “people from countries in

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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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Generous Prisoners Get a Tasty Delivery

A caterer specialising in Portuguese food in Épernay (Marne) delivered over 140 meals to prisoners at the Reims detention centre on Sunday, to thank inmates who created a fund to support local nursing staff affected by the coronavirus crisis. In

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View from the Vendor: Live Virtual Viewings

April and Don Baggs are a semi-retired British couple living in Normandy wanting to move to the beautiful upper Dordogne valley in Corrèze, to replicate the landscape of the lower Wye Valley, from whence they came. They share their experience

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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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Covid-19 Only Strengthens the Reasons to Live in France

This week we hear from FrenchEntrée partner Jonathan Pugh of Jonathan Charles, prestigious agence immobilière in the South-West of France.  Just as we were coming out of the tunnel with the dawn of 2020, we find ourselves in another with COVID-19. This experience

French Buyers Convinced of Post-Covid Property Price Drop

French people are confident not only that they will soon complete their current property buying or selling project, but that house prices in France will drop once lockdown ends. Consortium Immobilier conducted a survey on a panel of 1,219 people

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Coronavirus in France: News Update

Stay informed with the FrenchEntrée Covid-19 news round up, including the Prime Minister’s latest update, most recent victim and patient figures, lockdown tales from around the country, and the likely conditions and measures to be put in place post-lockdown. Here

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#PourEux Volunteers Make Homemade Meals for Homeless

Kind-hearted, bike-riding Toulousains are dropping off homemade food parcels to the homeless – those confined ‘in the open air’ – as part of the #PourEux movement (For Them). “They were already struggling before, now they are really struggling,” Thierry, a

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Longing for Les Montagnes: Valerie’s Story

Valerie Marsden-Holmes tells Sylvia Edwards Davis how she and husband Richard fell head over heels for an 18th-century Gascon farmhouse with breathtaking views of the Pyrénées. Meet the Movers NAMES: Valerie and Richard Marsden- Holmes BOUGHT IN: 2011 MOVED FROM: Lincolnshire MOVED TO: Gers

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Surveying Q&A: Costs, Quotes and Finding a Surveyor

Finding a qualified chartered surveyor in France doesn’t have to be a wild goose chase says John Snell Q. How do I find a good surveyor in France? A. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has a global presence and

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Property Q&A: Builders, Holiday Lets and Language Barriers

The FrenchEntrée Property Team answers your questions Q.  I am looking at properties in Paris and my agent is recommending I sign a ‘Search Mandate’. What is this, and what are the pros/cons of such an arrangement?  A. In some markets,

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Interiors Case Study: The Perfect Marriage

Armed with fabulous antiques, and tenacity, Rosemary and Richard Conquest turned a dilapidated 15th-century manor into a wedding venue fit for royalty. Greg Cook has a nose around. You know you’ve created something special when visitors to your new home

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Renewable Energy – A Guide For Homeowners

Are you worried about rising energy costs and the long-term effects of powering your home with climate-harming fossil fuels? Energy companies are constantly hiking their prices while the climate emergency is dominating headlines around the world. Conversely, the French government

Life in the Slow Lane – Buying in Saint-Yzans-de-Médoc

First lured to Gironde by friends, Brooklyn-based journalist Yolanda Edwards was seduced by Saint-Yzans-de-Médoc’s moreish fare, wine and relaxed pace of life… Why did you choose Saint-Yzans-de-Médoc? We live permanently in Brooklyn, New York, but our second home is in

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Oiling the Wheels – How We Bought an Olive Grove

Nicola Venning meets actress and author Carol Drinkwater and finds out about her love affair with Provence, and the olives she is so passionate about Olive oil and olive trees have had a huge impact on the life of Carol

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Buying in Languedoc-Roussillon

Perhaps you dream of owning a place on the Med, where you can sit and watch the sun go down, sipping a glass of wine as you look out over your very own expanse of aquamarine heaven. Maybe you hanker

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Buying Hotspots: Thuir

Pyrénées-Orientales, Occitanie Thuir is many things: a proud part of Catalan country; home of the famous Caves Byrrh; and an altogether attractive southern town, tinged with the dusty red hues of the sun-kissed Pyrénées-Orientales. For prospective homeowners, it offers up

A Jussey Bargain

A “deserted” village in Haute-Saône is selling 24 vacant homes, derelict apartments and empty shops for a song in a bid to rejuvenate its fast-dwindling community. Desperate to entice fresh blood to an area where more than 22 per cent

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Top of the Crop: Live Well for Less

Yearning for that elusive double-whammy: affordable housing and attractive job prospects? Look no further than Besançon. According to Le Parisien, the capital of the Doubs département has it all (and then some), making it the best city to live and

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Ask the Experts: Driving Q&A with AA

From European breakdown cover to electric car charging points and Air Protection Zones, the AA team gets down to brass tacks Q.Some French cities are now “low-emission zones” and fine older, less fuel-efficient cars for being on the road. Are

France’s Regions at a Glance

France is a vast and diverse country. All the different regions of France have different landscapes, property types, speciality food and character features.This is where your search begins… HAUTS-DE-FRANCE At the country’s northernmost tip, Hauts-de-France is the new region created

Once the main residence of the Counts of Armagnac, every inch of Lectoure speaks to its rich heritage

Call of the Wild West: Moving from Paris to Gascony

Cheshire-born author Karen Webb turned a new leaf when she traded Paris for the perched village of Lectoure in deepest rural Gers. Why did you choose Lectoure? I had been working as an English teacher in Paris for 16 years