Buying in France & the Pound / Euro exchange rate. It is understandable that Brexit created uncertainty amongst potential buyers, but we now appear to have an implementation agreement and as a result the exchange rate has risen to €1.14 / £1.
There is little doubt that the ‘Macron effect’ is boosting the property market and the French themselves are back in the market – moving prices upwards. Having said that there are still plenty of well-priced properties in all price bands, (*apart from certain areas), and vendors still need to be realistic if they want to sell. If buying definitely negotiate! *Prices in Paris have been rising not only due to the ‘Macron effect’, but with the 2024 Olympics in mind.
Comparisons, it is said, are odious, but France offers superb properties at well below our inflated house prices. Travel to and from France via the Channel Tunnel is very quick and easy and commuting is a real option for owners in the Nord / Pas-de-Calais region (now Hauts-de-France).
Motoring and mobile phones. Be warned! It’s illegal to use your mobile phone whilst driving without a hands-free-set. It is only legal if you are in a designated parking area / car park or in your driveway. It is still illegal if you are parked at the roadside with engine on or off and your hazard lights flashing. The only exception is if you have broken down or need emergency assistance.
Property valuations. If you require a formal property valuation in the event of, for example, probate, divorce, mortgage or maybe valuation of a business, you must use a qualified Expert Immobilier to produce a Rapport d’Expertise. An estate agent’s valuation, Avis de Valeur, will not be acceptable for legal purposes. We can introduce you to an expert in nearly all regions of France.
Vacations in France. France is a firm favourite for vacations but we are not involved - it’s a specialist business. However, we have several partner agents around France who offer this service so do let us know if you would like further information. Particularly we recommend our friends Anglo French Properties who have some of the finest vacation properties in France. If you are looking for a ‘mas’ or villa in Provence, a fine country house in south west France, see their web site: www.anglofrenchproperties.com
Do not forget that if you have a child aged 12 or under, the law requires that he / she wears a safety helmet when riding a cycle / vélo.
Bizarre French laws. Everyone must have a bale of hay at home in case the king passes with his horse. Since there are no longer any French kings and the President is unlikely to pass on a horse this old law is academic. Useful to know though! (Source – the Local).
WE WISH YOU A HAPPY EASTER
NB. Good Friday is not a public holiday in France, Easter Monday is.
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