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FRANCE PARIS


France’s glamorous capital is less than three hours from London


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Good investment market 21 distinct regions


Wide range of property BREST BRITTANY CALAIS CHERBOURG CAEN RENNES NANTES POITIERS BRITTANY


With an abundance of rustic properties, it’s an old favourite


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Sophisticated, elegant Mediterranean homes on the French Riviera


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TOULOUSE PERPIGNAN CORSICA A NEWS UPDATE


BUYING PROCESS Remember that buyers pay many of the


fees in France, so on top of the cost of the home, you need to budget for legal fees of around eight per cent of the purchase price. Check if estate agents’ fees are included – generally, they are less than ten per cent – as well as smaller sums for paperwork. You may also wish to commission a survey. If you can afford to proceed, you will


fi rst sign a legally-binding compromis de vente – this shows the vendor that you are willing to buy. Insert any conditions that emerge from a survey at this stage. After signing, you then have a seven-day cooling-off period. Normally, the fi nal contract is signed around three months from the date of the initial contract.


USEFUL WEBSITES www.my-french-house.com


FLY DIRECT TO THE DORDOGNE


Getting to the Dordogne from the UK is about to get easier when fl ights to the new Brive Dordogne Valley airport kick off in May. As part of its summer schedule, from 21st May to 24th September 2011 airline Jet2 will operate twice weekly fl ights from Manchester to Brive airport, which only opened last summer. CityJet launched fl ights into Brive out of London City airport last year. Flying into Brive will be handy for holiday homeowners in, or visitors to, the Lot and Correze regions, as well as the Dordogne.


Search for more properties in France at


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www.frenchestateagents.com www.belmon-immobilier.com www.lbvfrance.com www.capifrance.co.uk www.francophiles.co.uk www.siddalls.net www.le-bonheur.com www.aplaceinfrance.co.uk www.mgm-constructeur.com www.sofi cas.fr


www.brittany-ferries.co.uk www.richardimmo.com


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