France is one of the safest property investments in the world

I find myself in a strange position this week – I am feeling sorry for French estate agents. Having just done a two-day course on French law and ethics as it applies to French property transactions, I realize that I have, in the past, underestimated the huge legal responsibility that estate agents . . . → Read More: France is one of the safest property investments in the world

Is the price right?

For anyone buying a property abroad, it is much more difficult to work out if the price you are paying is the right price. In France, it is particularly complicated to get an accurate picture.

Firstly, you are likely to see a property advertised at different prices by numerous different agencies (each . . . → Read More: Is the price right?

How safe is the house buying process in France?

The more I hear from friends and clients about the trials and tribulations of trying to buy and sell property in the UK and other countries around the world, the more I appreciate how regulated, fair and relatively un-stressful the French system is. In France, a vendor pays for the basic . . . → Read More: How safe is the house buying process in France?

Ownership options for buying a property in France

When you buy a property in France, you need to consider the type of legal ownership structure to choose which will have different inheritance and tax implications longer term. The main structures of ownership in France are:

En Indivision and Communaute Universelle PACS Agreement En Tontine SCI (Société Civile Immobilière) En Viager . . . → Read More: Ownership options for buying a property in France