In the UK, you may have little idea about what happens in your town hall, the purpose it serves and what to use it for. However, in France the town hall or ‘Mairie’ can be one of your first ports of call. Often the centre of town or village life in France, there are usually countless reasons to visit your local Mairie. Our writer in France, Beth, explains what it’s used for and why it can be extremely helpful when settling in.
Thousands of British people have made the move to France in the past few weeks – and many more are still in the process – as they beat the Brexit transition door closing. So, what do you need to do as soon as you arrive?
The skiers have gone home and the summer’s action sports fans are still saving up. So if you want to look at homes in the French Alps, this is a great time to do it. It helps that France’s mountain villages are looking so beautiful right now.
While many of us are waiting for the springtime to head off for a viewing trip to France, some of those who have already made the break are going to miss the winter months. British resident in France Penny Osborne is one. Penny explains why she loves living in France off-season, among her welcoming, warm-hearted French community.
Some French houses have been on the market for years and desperately need a new owner. Be bold and make an offer! The French property market remains firmly on the side of the buyer in the autumn of 2016, with prices remaining stable generally. Some areas have even seen falling prices over the last few years and although there are signs of a small increase in certain areas, bargains are still to be found across many parts of the country.
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