"If people are going to buy they’re going to buy bargains.” That’s what Charles Smallwood, owner of Tarn-et-Garonne-based estate agency Agence l’Union thinks. And, for all the doom and gloom that has been surrounding the property market, there are still bargains to be found on the other side of the Channel. According to Notaires de France, the national property price average in France is currently €194,400 and yet a quick browse on the internet shows that there is no shortage of properties on the market for less than €150,000. Where can you find them?
If you’ve decided to retire to France, the chances are you already know the country pretty well and have a fair idea of where you want to be. This may be based on holidays you’ve taken in the past; if so, make sure you know what the area is like all year round, as you may only have experienced it in the warm and busy summer months – in winter it may be a completely different proposition.
How easy is it to start a new life abroad? Many of us may dream of a life in warmer climes, but does reality live up to the dream? I talked to a number of women who have done just that and taken up the expat lifestyle in the South of France. Were there things they wished they’d thought about beforehand? Absolutely! These are some of the key points resulting from my conversations.