Buying a property in France

france2It has been established that 60 per cent of foreigners who buy French property are British. The reason for the high percentage has been attributed to:

  • Wonderful climate and good food produced in France.
  • Property is fairly cheap in France and therefore value for money on property buys.
  • France’s countryside is quite diverse and has lots of space.
  • With wonderful coastlines, stunning ancient villages, rolling hills and plenty of rivers, France has a lot to offer as an attractive destination for property buyers.

How to go about it

The procedure to follow when buying property in France is fairly simple and straightforward. There are no restrictions for whoever wants to buy property anywhere in France. British nationals are moving in thousands to France to buy property.

To buy property in France, search the property you would like to buy with Icon Property Monte Carlo. Here you will find everything from the countryside cottages, stylish apartments in the cities to the stunning villas on the coast.

Get representation

france1In some countries you hear stories of property being demolished or issues come up on who is the rightful owner of property is. This is unlikely to be heard of in France because process of buying property in France is straightforward and very safe, However, it is recommended that you get the legal representation by a lawyer and an interpreter during the signing of a binding agreement for purchase of property. You should get the lawyer before viewing you property in France. In any property transaction in France a notary is appointed whose work is to ensure that the sale has been carried out according to the law. You are allowed to get your own notary and the seller his own to ensure the transaction documents are correctly worded.

After you have bought your property you will move in happily to your new home. but where do you start with your new community? If you are in rural France then there are many associations which you can join and start interacting. A good place to start from is your local Town hall. Here you will get a list of associations you can choose from and join. You can also take up a new hobby French people will be keen to meet and talk to you. To find out more about legal issues and probably how to move in and settle into your new home I’d recommend buying a copy of The Overseas Guides Company’s France Property Buying Guide.

Thinking about relocating?

No matter what reasons you may have, relocating is never easy. Whether you’re just moving to the next block, town, city, state or country, there are many factors that can either make the move easier or harder on yourself. Here’s a simply guide that will help you set your priorities straight on the topic of relocating yourself.

Convince yourself that you need to leave

Whether it’s to find new opportunities in your career or studies, or you’re just looking to experience new sights and scenery, the first thing you need to do is to fully convince yourself that you need to leave. Relocating without a clear conscience only makes it harder for you to move, which would already make you unhappy towards a potentially life-changing part of your life. Clear your mind, convince yourself that this is the right thing to do and then leave without ever looking back.

Research all about the place you will be moving to

Nothing is worse than to be surprised by unexpected climate changes or unfamiliar cultural traditions in your new location especially if you’re on your own in the foreign land. That is why you should read as much as you can about your destination and its local culture before you step off the plane and onto new soil.

Make your potential destination a holiday destination first

The wisest thing you could ever do is to scout the destination of your choice first in a vacation. This gives you a chance to fully see, feel and understand what life might be like when you eventually move there. At the very least, you should familiarize yourself with the locals and to understand their way of life there. This will help you prepare for what’s to come and it will make your process of moving there, that much easier.

Narrow down your search

Once you have spent some time in various areas, you should begin to narrow down the potential destinations that you would like to move to. Consider factors like affordable housing, population of the area, and whether there are career opportunities there so that you can have a means of supporting yourself. You should take as much advice as you can from family and friends, plus taking into consideration factors like crime rates and cost of living before you make a decision.

Remember, every little thing counts and the better informed you are about your destination, the more prepared you will be to make the move.