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Why I love my retirement in France

Why I love my retirement in France

My husband and I moved to France 9 years ago, thereby joining the 290,000 or so British people who have already established their permanent homes in France. Of the 1.3 million Brits who live outside of Britain in Europe, France is the third most popular country in which to choose to live. France’s lure is pretty obvious: a big, beautiful country with generally a laid back lifestyle, glorious space, rich history, wonderful food and wine, culture, fabulous coastlines and a good climate. So, what does one need to make a success of moving as an expat to France and how does one go about it?
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France’s stable property market is a huge opportunity during Brexit

We’re entering into one of the busiest periods of the year for overseas property, and, even though the Brexit deadline’s in just three months, the number of buyers from the UK is actually growing. It’s no wonder when you consider how stable the market is in France: it’s a huge opportunity in a time of uncertainty back home. Even with a no-deal Brexit, British buyers will still be able to purchase here, so the French property market in 2019 is looking full of promise! Here’s your round-up of what happened last year and what’s coming up.
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Buying in France, Part Five: Making an Offer

Welcome to Part Five of Buying in France. You’re on the home run now! With your viewing trips done and your perfect property found, it’s time to put in an offer. Your agent will be able to tell you what an acceptable offer is, and make recommendations. Remember, though, that they are working for the seller. As such, the higher the price, the higher the commission. It can be hard to judge what to put in an offer on a French home for, in a country you’re new to. That’s why we’ve put together these seven simple tips to staying in control during the negotiation proces
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10 reasons to buy a home in France in 2019

Where do you see yourself in 2019? Perhaps in a beautiful French home, spending your time browsing the local marchés, stocking up on locally grown produce and enjoying your village fetes? I firmly believe that France is one of the best places to start a new life, so here are my top ten reasons for buying property in France in 2019.
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Buying in France, Part Four: How to Buy

Ready to start hunting for your perfect home in France? In Part Four of our six-part series on just that, we’re onto one of the most important aspects: how to buy in France. There are a number of different aspects to consider, from finding an estate agent to raising finance – so keep reading to find out how to make your dream of buying a home in France a reality!
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Buying in France, Part Three: Area Guide

France is an extremely varied country, with almost every European climate you could want. Whether it’s the rugged northwest coast, the flat northeast, the mountainous centre of the south or the sunkissed Mediterranean coast, you’re spoilt for choice. In this Part Three of Buying in France, we’re looking at where to buy in France. If you want to know more about planning your move, check out Part One. And, to find out about the timescale, read Part Two. 
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Noel Edmonds puts his France home up for sale

Contestants sweating it out in this year’s I’m a Celebrity include TV and radio star Noel Edmonds, someone more used to a comfy existence in the south of France! Here’s why Noel’s experience in the Australian jungle must feel like a million miles from the Côte d’Azur!
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Why winter in France is magical

The winter season is one of the best times to visit France for lots of reasons. True, the beach may not be on the menu aside from an appetite enducing stroll,  but plenty of areas still have superb golden sunshine at this time of the year, there are all sorts of festivals going on, Christmas fairs of course and it is much cheaper to travel there. So, wrap up warm and come on a journey through winter in France, starting here.
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Buying in France: part two

A home in France in 2019 is well within your reach – but getting from scrolling through listings to having the keys to your dream home can seen like a confusing process. There are a lot of steps to follow and hoops to jump through. That’s why it’s so crucial to draw up your timescale for buying a home in France. In this Part Two of Buying in France, we look at how to do just that: what time to give for each part and what milestones you should complete at each stage. And, don’t forget to read Part One on planning your property hunt, if you missed it.
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The lure of France for artists

France has for hundreds of years been a country to which so many artists have moved. Many have felt that only here can they truly indulge their artistic tendencies, become inspired to create works which they may never have dreamed of in their home countries. They also find they live a more uncomplicated life perhaps than they had done before. People from all over the world still seem to be lured by the beauty of France. No surprise with our stunning countryside, the golden light, the ancient buildings, the rugged coastlines.
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