Before buying a property in a France, it probably helps to know
which Regions of France you'd prefer to live in.
France Travel Notes strives to bring you all the background information
you need to make your stay in France a pleasant one.
Local Maps of France:
The yellow Michelin maps are the best maps to have to discover a more local area in a
particular region of France.
Land in France is measured in hectares. If you are used
to acres it's useful to know that there are 2.471 acres in an hectare (multiply by 2.5 for
Although to be reasonably self-sufficient you'll need around 2
hectares of land, many rural properties often come bundled with more than that.
A Place in France:
At a time when renovating old houses in France was well documented, founder and managing
director, Brittany born Patricia Fevrier, recognised the benefits of buying new property
in France off plan. UK based company involved solely in the sale of new property since
established in 1989.
Specialising in the sale of French chateaux, historic country homes and agricultural
Initially based in the Ile-de-France, Rhone-Alpes and Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur
regions, the Century 21 network has now become a national a leader the French real estate market.
Find Home Abroad:
Search properties in France from a wide selection of French vendors.
Founded in 1988, Francophiles has more than 3,000 properties for sale in France on its
books, ranging from cottages to chateaux, and tends to deal with properties in the mid to
upper end of the market. Nicely sized pictures of the properties for sale around France.
Independent advice and comprehensive information, not just about real estate for sale in
France but also about life in France.
French Property News:
Since June 1989 French Property News has enabled thousands of individuals to locate,
purchase and sell property in France. With an average monthly circulation in excess of
50,000, French Property News is read by those who are seriously interested in property in
French Property Search:
French-registered internet-based company located in south west France. Its aim is to
provide a free, easy-to-use search facility for those looking to buy or rent property/real
estate in France.
French estate agents listed in Rene-Michel Couder's guide are supposed to be considered
of a high quality.
Only a small selection of the thousands of properties they have on their books available
on the website.
Jacwood Estates - Gite
Margarete and the late John Isherwood have divided their time between homes in UK and
France for many years and have also dealt with holiday property/gite rentals in southwest
France since 1992. Specialists in French property, from barns and cottages to manor
houses, chateaux and Gite Complexes in particular.
JB French Houses:
JB and Trisha will help you find your french dream with properties in Brittany, Normandy,
Limousin, Poitou Charentes, Dordogne, Perigord, Loire valley, Vendee, Midi-Pyrenees and
With over 700 agencies throughout the whole of France, the franchised network of La Foret
Immobilier has a complete view of the property market in France to help you find real
estate in your prefered location. Each agency is very integrated in its local community
life and close to the particular opportunities available in local housing, small shops and
Stephen and Christine Hilton, the joint proprietors, met while in the British Diplomatic
Service. Having themselves owned a house in France for many years, Stephen and Christine
have much personal experience to add to their professional expertise, together with their
Based in England, the company has agreements to work in association with over 250
long-established licensed agencies as well as French developers, including some of the
largest, all over France.
France's number two builder of individual homes with over 100 different styles of house
that you can personalise. Each year, Maisons France Confort constructs more than 3,500
houses and has 179 agencies throughout France. Established in 1919.
A notaire is a public official who performs various duties, including the administrative
tasks associated with the sale and purchase of land. Somewhat similar to a solicitor in
England, the French notaire represents the state, rather than the buyer or seller, to give
authenticity to legal documents requiring formality under French Law. As well as the
facility to search for a notaire, this site has some practical information about buying
property in France.
Pret a Partir:
Guy Sheridan began renovating houses in the Dordogne and Loire, and running a successful
gite complex in Perigord Vert before moving onto property sales to help others find the
French property of their dreams, be it a rural farm with outbuildings; a small house in a
hamlet; or an ambitious renovation project.
Established in 1989, Sifex works with over 70 established French property agents selling
prestigious French real estate. Browse their large selection of chateaux and belles
demeures (manors and large country houses). Sarah Francis actually visits a lot of these properties and has more images available
From finding the right property in the right area to understanding the language and the
legal process, everything to do with buying a house in France is likely to be a new and
different experience for an overseas buyer. Trisha Mason set up VEF, with a fast growing
London office and an expanding network of partner offices in France, to save other people
enduring the nightmares that she had some twenty years ago.
Small company based in West Sussex serving discerning buyers of French property. Although
they claim to specialise in waterside propeties, we found very few on our searches but
plenty of nice chateaux; if your bank balance is healthy.
Basse-Normandie, Bretagne, Haute-Normandie, Nord-Pas-de-Calais,
Established in Folkestone in 1988, the company is a short drive to the Channel tunnel and
then onto their selection of properties in Pas-de-Calais, Normany and Brittany.
French property survey company committed to helping you make the right choice when buying
your dream home in France.
20, quai de Lazaret - Marseille.
French insurance broker established in 1997 with a specialist section focusing on British
Credit Agricole is one of the largest banks in France, with over 8000 branches. CA
Britline is a branch of Credit Agricole Normandie, which provides an English speaking
French banking service to clients resident in France, the UK and Ireland.
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