Our nearest neighbour, France, has everything to offer anyone yearning to escape the UK which becomes more and more crowded by the day – or so it seems to one who has lived in France now for almost 9 years and occasionally returns to visit the UK! Property in France appeals to all ages: young adults wishing to get on the property ladder, perhaps thinking ahead to when they start a family and wanting to offer their future children space, beautiful open countryside, vibrant cities, the chance to become bilingual as well as older folk wishing to retire to a country where their money will stretch
Next year marks three decades since the late Peter Mayle published A Year in Provence, a must-read book that quickly became a benchmark for expats writing about their new life in France. It inspired countless others to move across the Channel, in particular to Provence. Of course, other adventurous Brits have since written about their own experiences in other parts of the country and here we pick five that may interest you.
With France the most popular country in the world for holidays, there is always great demand for vacation lets. So if your place will be laying empty for a while, why not make some money from it? Here are a few things you need to know if you are planning to rent out your French property.
A notaire is one of the most distinctive parts of the French property-purchasing process. Anyone who’s bought in France will tell you to make sure to involve them – but who are they and what actually is their role?
A car is normally essential in France, wherever you buy a property. It’s a large and rural country and although the train service is good, there are plenty of areas where you really cannot do without a car. So, what do you need to know if you’ll be owning a car in France? How do you register it? What happens if you buy one in France? Do you have to change your UK licence for a French one and how do you go about it?