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The essential guide to buying a property in France

You’ll find everything you need to know and do to enjoy life across the Channel: the processes and costs involved in buying French property, what visas you’ll need, paying tax in France, what to do about healthcare, and even bringing your family pets with you.

What can you find
in our guide

Perhaps you’re already picturing yourself there with a café au lait or a glass of something sparkling. But before that, there’s a fair bit to think about and even more to do. Which is where our definitive guide comes in handy.

Buying a property

  • House-hunting made easier
  • Factor in fees
  • Understanding the process

Getting to know France

  • Bisous Minding manners
  • Eating together
  • Learning languages
  • Laws, visas, and permits
  • Visas explained

Money, finance and taxes

  • Where do you pay your tax?
  • Social security contributions
  • Banking options
  • Make more of your pensions
  • Moving a lump sum
  • Income tax


  • Getting registered
  • How the system works
  • Who is eligible for state healthcare?

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