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Registering A Car Or Motorcycle in France

May 10, 2010 |

The Guide2 registering your car explains who needs to register their car, why they should and the steps required.  The process below applies to a "standard" registration.  If the car is more than 30 years old or has been modified, then different regulations apply, although the basic process will be the same.  Please consult the Prefecture for further clarification in this case.  The process also applies to motorcycles but they do not currently need a road worthiness certificate, which cars do Read More

Why Use A Mortgage Broker For Your French Mortgage?

March 5, 2010 |

Why use a mortgage broker to organise your French Mortgage? Why not go directly to a French bank? Surely the bank is a cheaper option since I will not have the “commission” of the broker added to the cost of the mortgage? These are some of the questions we are asked on a regular basis. Read More

Your Essential Guide to Buying a Property in France

February 11, 2010 |

France has long history of prudent lending within the property market which means that mortgage finance in France is still readily available. The South of France is one of the most desirable locations for a second home or an investment property. There is a wide variety of good value property in the areas such as Cannes, Nice, Antibes and a little further in land, that can offer a good rental yield for the property investor in France. Read More

5 Steps to buying a property in France

September 30, 2009 |

When buying a property in France most purchasers would like to have some idea of what is involved in the legal process. Many people in the UK who buy property don’t really understand exactly how the legal process works leaving the whole thing to their solicitors. Buyers in France, however, want to understand the steps involved and how the legal process works. In this article Penny Holden takes us through the 5 step process of buying property in France. Read More

Moving to France – how to do it?

November 11, 2008 |

Lots of people have dreamed of buying a property in France. But the buying process often stops them. Indeed, there are so many differences between France and the UK that many people are disheartened and give up before beginning the process. It is not that difficult, after all. All you need is to be organised. Read More

Moving to France – How NOT to do it.

January 5, 2008 |

My family and I have now been living in the South of France since March 2006. It has been a life changing experience and has certainly had its ups and downs! My husband and I moved with our 6 year old son and my parents. Some people will say we were naive but I think we were just very unlucky, and too willing to trust in people who called themselves “professionals”. So, in order to help others from falling fowl of the problems we encountered, I want to share our story with you. Read More

French Property Market Update

February 15, 2007 |

In 2006, one in every twenty property sales in France was carried out with a foreigner, against one in 40 in 1998. The British are the most numerous, but their proportion has dropped from being 41% of foreign purchasers in 1998, to 32% last year. This can be explained by the fact that more people from other countries such as Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, etc are buying in France. Read More

Buy in Haste, Repent at Leisure

August 16, 2006 |

The French property buying trend amongst Brits has taken off to such an extent that nowadays, no-one seems to think twice about buying a place in France, be it an investment, holiday home or permanent residence. Everywhere you look, there are books, magazines, TV programmes, websites and exhibitions offering helpful information about French property purchasing, with only the TV horror stories of botched sales and catastrophic renovation projects offering an alternative view. Read More

How to Buy Property in France

August 7, 2005 |

You may have already decided on a specific area or you may have a French region in mind, having been there on holiday for example. Finding a property in France is a similar process to that in other countries. There are many estate agents in France (agents immobiliers) who will put you in touch with people selling property. Alternatively, there are estate agents in the UK, for example, who have details on French properties. There are also many specialist magazines available for people interested in the French way of life. These publications offer useful contacts and property advertisements. Read More