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6 Reasons Why You Should Buy a French Property in the Dordogne?

Considered the best French destination for visitors by Lonely Planet and one of the most desirable locations to own property in France, what is it about the Dordogne which makes it so popular with buyers?

The Dordogne is a French department famously popular with expats and tourists. For buyers looking for property in France – whether a second home, permanent residence or income opportunity – the Dordogne’s unique blend of community, culture and commercial prospects provide a unique set up in the South West of France.

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Here are six reasons why buying property in the Dordogne could be the best option if you are looking to buy property in France. Continue reading

Home Hunts launches its award-winning property-finding service in Spain

If you are seeking luxury property in Spain, Home Hunts now has all the resources to help you find your dream Spanish home.

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In September Home Hunts launched its hotly-anticipated property-finding service in Spain. Founded in 2003 on the French Riviera by Tim Swannie and François-Xavier de Vial, the company has expanded over the years to cover the most desirable locations in France, as well as Monaco, London and New York. Continue reading

10 Essential Things To Consider When Moving to France

Moving to France is a huge, exciting decision. Your lifestyle will completely change. This type of relocation doesn’t come without its challenges, though. There’s quite a bit of red tape to deal with when planning a big move. If you can prepare for these obstacles in advance, you’ll have an easier time jumpstarting your new life when you arrive.


1. Pick and choose what to take with you

Moving to France is a major undertaking. Now’s the perfect time to consider all of your belongings and be picky when it comes to what you take and what you leave behind. Consider the type of home you’re moving into. If you’ll be in a smaller home, you’ll want to limit the amount of furniture you take. If you’re moving to an urban setting, you won’t need yard work supplies. Sell or donate the items you won’t be bringing along.

2. Learn the language

It’s going to be important that you know how to speak French if you’re going to be moving to France. Some people assume that they’ll naturally pick up language skills after moving, but the moving process will be difficult to navigate if you don’t know the language at all. Also, adults have a more difficult time learning a language than children do. It can be lonely, confusing and frustrating to live in a country where you don’t speak or understand the language. Conversational French may help you order coffee from your favorite cafe in the morning, but you’ll need a more in-depth understanding of the language in order to deal with taxes, banks and other authorities throughout your move. Start French lessons as early as possible.

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3. Hire a removal company

One huge part of moving to France that people often overlook is the actual move itself. Between selling your home, finding a new property in France and learning language skills, the act of moving can become a bit of an afterthought. To make the process as easy as possible, hire a professional removal company. Before settling on the right one, they’ll send an advisor to your home for a free consultation. Take this opportunity to ask essential questions. For example, make sure that the company is both accredited and approved to operate. Ask about their insurance (they should be fully insured) and find out payment details, like if you’ll be reimbursed if you have to delay the move. Find out if they will pack and unpack and if they’re able to dismantle large furnishings and electronics. The removal company will also need to know what type of home you’re moving into, if the building has lifts, stairs and if they’ll need a parking permit to keep the removals lorry on the street.

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4. Setup a French bank account

Certain services in France, like mobile phone accounts, automatically debit your monthly bill from your bank account. In order to setup these types of services, you’ll need to open a bank account in France. To do this, you’ll need proof of address, a residency permit and your passport. Before finding a new bank in France, ask your home bank if they have any associated banks or branches in your area.

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5. Prep for retirement

If you’re moving to France as part of your retirement plan, you’ll want to make sure you’ve worked out pension, tax and healthcare issues ahead of time. You may need special documentation in order to get healthcare in France and you’ll also have to find out how you can continue to receive your pension once you’ve relocated.

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6. Get health insurance

France’s healthcare system is known around the globe for being both reliable and of a good standard. However, it will still be much different from how the British healthcare system operates. The main difference is that the full cost of care has to be paid upfront in France. You’ll then claim a certain amount of the cost back from insurance. Since the cost of French healthcare is high and 100% of the cost will not be paid back in full, some people signup for additional health insurance to help offset the price. It’s also important to note that in order to use France’s healthcare system, you’ll have to pay social security contributions.

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7. Consider selling your car

If you’re moving to Paris, it’s best to forgo your car. Driving in Paris is difficult and you can get around much more efficiently by walking, cycling or taking public transport. When taking public transport avoid carrying a lot of bags. Depending upon the area, people who look like tourists can be targets for theft.

8. Register your car

If you’re moving to France permanently and will be using your car there for more than half the year, you’ll need to have it registered in France. Depending upon where you’re moving from, you may need to make modifications to your car in order to register it. Often, it’s easier to purchase a new car once you get to France.

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9. Register your driver’s license

You’ll need to register your license in France at the local town hall. While European driver licenses will be valid in France, United States licenses will only be valid for a certain amount of time before you’re required to get a French license.

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10. Assimilate

As exciting as it is to move to France, expect a culture shock. The sooner you learn the customs and formalities of your new home, the sooner you’ll be able to make friends. When you’re flexible and open-minded, you’ll have an easier time being accepted by locals. If you know someone who already lives in France, spend some time with them to meet new people and to get used to the local customs. You can also get involved with the expat community by joining cultural and social events. Even if you meet up with other expats, though, it’s still important to integrate with regular French society. The more you adapt to your new country, the more it will adapt to you.

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6 (Must See) Luxury French Coastal Properties For Sale

Majestic villas and apartments in the French Riviera offer sea views and multiple bedrooms, private beach entry and in-home gyms. French Riviera real estate comes with more than tennis courts, heated swimming pools and cozy home theatres, though. You’ll also be able to live a jet set lifestyle with access to exclusive parties and events, gourmet restaurants, and designer boutiques. You’ll bask in year-round sunny skies and celebrate at cultural events every season.

French Coastal Properties For Sale

Let us showcase six French coastal properties for sale which boast prestigious locations, high-end amenities and a characteristically glamorous way of life.
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7 Common Questions Asked by Vineyard Buyers in France

Europe is leading the wine industry and it has France to thank. There are so many different types of grapes that are cultivated in France because of its wide range of climates. Both well-known and rare varietals are grown there, all of them contributing to France’s established wine culture.

French Vineyard Property

Owning a French vineyard property comes with a storybook-worthy lifestyle as well as the opportunity for a booming business. With 1.9 million vineyard acres to choose from, you’re sure to find the property that fits perfectly with your dreams and aspirations.

Even though buying vineyard property in France may be well worth it, the process can be overwhelming and difficult to navigate. It’s important to understand the basics, especially if you haven’t had experience running this type of property before.

There’s a lot to consider, from how many grapes go into just one bottle of wine to what you can expect to be included in the asking price. Continue reading

French Property: Escape to the French Riviera

If you are looking to buy property on the French Riviera, here is the lowdown on locations that can give you more for your money.

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While property sales show no sign of slowing down for Home Hunts, the forthcoming Brexit – Britain’s future departure from the European Union – is likely to slow down the number of British buyers purchasing in the EU in the months ahead.

Although the pound has dropped a little against the euro, exchange rates are still favourable and interest rates in France remain extremely low. However, despite this buyers are, understandably, looking for a good property deal more than ever before. Continue reading

6 Key Things You Need to Know Before You Buy French Property

There are many advantages to owning French property: immersing yourself in a new language and culture, living in the chateau or Paris apartment of your dreams, indulging in local cuisine on a regular basis. Buying property in France is quite different than buying property in the UK, though. France has different rules for everything from electricity and gas supply to swimming pool safety. Even if you’re familiar with UK real estate and home buying, purchasing French property comes with its own set of regulations and facts to learn.


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French Property: Escape to Saint-Tropez

Offering remarkable views of the Mediterranean Sea and the Maures mountains, as well as the chic side to Riviera life, Saint-Tropez is one of the most sought-after resorts in the world.

Saint-Tropez property guide

Saint-Tropez is situated in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and has long attracted stars from the worlds of fashion, film, music and sport. From quaint little fishing port to glamorous and upmarket Mediterranean resort for the global elite, Saint-Tropez has evolved over the years into one of the most sought after locations for prime real estate. Continue reading