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Buying

French

PropertyFollow Karine's advice and

prepare throughly before

you begin the search for your

dream home

and forth, consider the distance

to the Channel ports.

WHERE TO BUY?

Our advice is to thoroughly

investigate the area you have

chosen. How are you going to

spend your time here? Will your

hobbies be feasible in your

new French home? If you're

an ardent skier, don't buy that

beautiful house you fell in love

with far from the ski slopes.

It may seem obvious, but it's

a mistake others have made.

PROPERTY CONDITION

Are you willing to renovate

or do you prefer a house where

the hard work has already been

done? Chances are you'll want

to do some work to match the

house to your taste, so factor

that into your decision to buy.

VALUE FOR MONEY

France provides an array of

opportunities. This is of key

importance in any buying

decision. To international

eyes, and in real terms, French

housing stock is good value at

the present time. At Leggett we

believe the market here has

H

OLIDAYMAKERS

in France often love

what they find - the

relaxing lifestyle,

sunshine and food.

Their thoughts can turn to creating a long-term relationship

with this beautiful country.

FINDING YOUR HOME

You've made a good start by

reading our Leggett magazine!

It will give you an idea of what's

available to buy, and help you

get a feel for the market. However,

don't underestimate the

importance of research.

Begin by drawing up the

list of things you need to factor

into your buying decision, much

as you would in your home

country. Basic points, such as

the number of bedrooms, are

obvious. But have you thought

about accessibility? If you make

frequent trips back to the UK

or expect family visits, it makes

sense to be within 90 minutes

of an airport. Budget airlines

cover much of the country.

There is also the TGV (high

speed train), which makes travel

to Paris and the Eurostar links

easy. If you plan to drive back

12 leggettfrance.com

Karine Charriaud is

our Gérante and the

joint head of our

contracts team

EXPERT ADVICE LEGGETT MAGAZINE

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