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Owning a house in France is a dream for many British people and, increasingly, a reality for some. Property prices are generally lower than in much of the UK, which encourages many buyers, but purchasing and selling costs are much higher. Choosing the wrong property or wrong location can be an expensive mistake. This guide deals with the detail of buying or renting a home in France in a practical and straightforward way. Every aspect of buying property is dealt with, including financial issues, choosing a location, the different regions, renting, purchasing, buying land, apartments, letting and selling, taxation and inheritance rules, and retiring, working and setting up a business in France. With maps, useful addresses and a dictionary of helpful French terms, the book is a companion for any would-be Francophile and should help prospective buyers avoid the pitfalls which can turn buying a dream home into a disaster.
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  • Book | 256 pages
  • 134.6 x 213.4 x 17.8mm | 362.88g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Illustrations (some col.), maps
  • 0749440163
  • 9780749440169

Table of contents

Preface Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Choosing your location 2. The regions 3. Renting a home in France 4. The purchase of your home 5. Mortgages and financial assistance for the housebuyer 6. Buying a new property and having a property built 7. The purchase of an apartment or private property on a housing development 8. Heating your home and optimizing your utility bills 9. Settling in 10. Letting and selling your French home 11. Education and health 12. Working and setting up a business in France 13. French inheritance laws and the taxation of capital Appendices 1 Useful addresses 2 Direct flights from France to the UK and Ireland 3 Useful French words and phrases 4 Abbreviations and phrases used in property details 5 Pet travel scheme -- approved routes and carriers 6 Public holidays 7 Further reading Index Index of advertisers
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Charles Davey is a practising barrister and fluent French speaker who has lived in France for several years. He contributes articles for The Riviera Times and is a correspondent for The News, the national paper for the English speaking community in France.
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