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O, YOU'VE DECIDED

that the time is right

to fulfil your dream

of owning a property

in France. What key

decisions need to be made and

what laws and regulations will

you come across?

CREATING A SHORTLIST

Like me, you may well have

grown up with Kirstie & Phil

and their 'location, location,

location' on your TV. It might

sound like a cliché now, but it's

still the perfect starting point

of a property search. France

is enormous. It borders eight

different countries, each of

which has a significant effect

on both local culture and

property prices. Your very first

task, therefore, is to 'research,

research, research' and decide

where you'd like to buy.

Ask your friends, use the

Internet and read magazines.

Check out average temperatures

at www.meteo.fr, average

house prices at www.immoprix.com

and discover what's

currently on the market at www.

leggettfrance.com.

Once you've decided on

an area, it's time to look at

what your money will buy and

what kind of property you

want - you'll need to know your

budget, of course.

Draw up a list of musthaves.

These usually include

things like a minimum number

of bedrooms / bathrooms, minimum size

of garden, proximity

to the nearest shops / bars, and

personal criteria such as garaging

for vintage cars or being

close to a golf course.

The next step is to speak

with our sales support team.

Send them your brief and talk it

through with them - they're all

experienced and will soon tell

you if your goals are realistic.

They'll help you draw up a

shortlist of suitable properties

and arrange your viewing itinerary

with our trustworthy local

agents. They'll also advise on

travel times between appointments. Please do heed their advice,

as the country roads here

can be slow. You don't want to

be rushed when contemplating

a purchase of this magnitude.

COMING TO VIEW

We know your time is precious

and will ensure that every second counts.

You'll be met and

escorted by our local agents,

who will be able to answer any

questions you may have about

the property and life in the

area. Chances are that you'll be

seeing a decent selection of

properties so you might want

to make notes, take photos and

have a local map on hand so

you can pinpoint each property

at a later time.

It's always worthwhile getting your

finances in place before

you visit. We'll be happy to

put you in touch with banks or

brokers who are used to dealing

with international clients. This

will put you in a much stronger

LEGGETT MAGAZINE EXPERT ADVICE

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