Top Tips on House-Hunting at the French Property Exhibition

Top Tips on House-Hunting at the French Property Exhibition 1

french-property-exhibition-logoThis years French Property exhibition will be held at Olympia Central, London between 18th-20th September 2015. The event is one of the largest and most informative property events in the UK and a must for those looking for advice about France’s buying process, the different locations to purchase property and which financial and legal issues need to be taken into consideration.

To get the most out of this up and coming property event it is important to use both your head and your heart when searching for a new home. Knowing what to expect and how to react will help you leave the exhibition with the information you need. Four primary considerations are location, property type, the buying process and what your next step should be.


While you may have your mind set on a location for your ideal French property, many people attend property exhibitions without a clue as to where they’re looking to move. If you’re on the fence, don’t worry too much about narrowing down your options ahead of time. France is an enormous country with varied culture, climate, geography, activities and events in each location. Whether you know where you want to live or you have no idea where to start, remain open to new choices.

The exhibition will provide a wealth of information about where to buy property in France, and can cause many people to completely changed their mind on where they want to settle. Instead of trying to figure out a specific location on your own, a better system is to make notes of what you’re looking for, including weather, landscape and activities. Then, speak with an agent who will be able to advise you.

Property Type

Aside from location, you’ll also want to go into the exhibition with a good idea of the type of property you’re looking for. That way, you won’t be swayed by something that seems appealing at first, but that isn’t really what you’re in the market for. Many French properties are stunning, but you don’t want to replace what you need long-term with what you want in the moment.

That said, you may end up purchasing something different than what you first imagined. So long as you’re getting the things that are most important for you and your family, that’s fine! Ultimately, your property has to suit your lifestyle, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep an open mind.

To make the decision easier, write three lists: must-haves; features you’d like to have, but that aren’t necessary; and characteristics you definitely don’t want. For example, a renovation project may sound like fun at first, but if you don’t have the time to dedicate to such labour intensive work, you’ll quickly experience buyer’s remorse.

The Buying Process

Ideally, you should do some research about the French buying process before attending the exhibition. Come prepared with questions you need answering and areas where you need clarification. You’ll have the opportunity to signup for seminars that cover different areas of the buying process, like the legal system or taxes. Don’t forget a notepad and pen, since you’re going to be given a lot of detailed information. Some people who attend the property exhibition already own French property and are seeking additional legal or financial advice.

Your Next Step

Many people attend exhibitions just to get a feel for what’s out there, without actually intending on making a purchase any time soon. If you’re ready to get one step closer to buying French property, though, take this opportunity to setup viewing trips. Keep in mind that the French property market moves fast, and a property you love may not be available in the near future.

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