a different country, language, culture and legal system,
buying in France can be a difficult exercise to get
right. The Healey Fox website offers you the tools
and information to assist you on your new journey.
The website is laid out in a fashion, which allows
you to follow the different steps required to buy
the right property, in the right area with minimum
How to buy and where to buy
1. It is imperative to choose the right area. France
offers a variety of landscapes, architecture, weather
and lifestyles. All too often people focus solely
on the property and place little or no importance
on the area itself. With our regional guides (see
left menu) combined with our extensive property database,
you will be able to make a more informed decision.
It is important to consider what you want and need
from the area. Access is key. If you are buying a
holiday home, it is imperative you can easily access
your property from your point of departure. If it
is a permanent move, you may wish to consider access
for family and friends. Alternatively you may want
to be as far away as possible from people!
Climate is another key factor for some.
Lifestyle is also a key consideration. Are you looking
for cafe culture, seclusion, historic attractions,
skiing, cycling or the glitz and glamour of the South
2. Avoid if possible choosing an area where your budget
is unrealistic or stretched. At any one time it will
be advantageous, if there are a handful or more suitable
properties available. Of course there are times where
this may not be possible, for example you may be looking
for a campsite.
3. Discuss your property and area requirements with
your chosen agent or agents. Once you are satisfied
they can help, it will be beneficial to spend a full
day with them. It is important to work with the agent
when selecting suitable properties. There is only
so much you can gauge from a website.
4. Check if your agents are available before booking
your travel. August can be a bad time to view property in France
as many agents close for holidays and a lot France
5. Decide what your budget is and arrange finance
if required. If you are aiming to buy with a mortgage,
speak to a mortgage broker or bank to obtain an agreement
in principle at the beginning of your search (see
property services section for mortgage assistance
and all other property services).
6. Open an account with a currency broker. They will
normally offer you a better rate than a high street
7. You may wish to seek extra legal assistance to
protect your purchase. The Notaire will offer some
protection, however this is not normally the same
as you would receive from your UK solicitor. The French
Notaire works for both the vendor and the buyer. One
of their primary tasks is to collect the stamp duty
for the French government. It is worth researching
suitable firms in advance of your purchase. Ensure
they are independent of the agent selling you the