The French estate agents report a record year in 2017 for the housing market, but it was one substantially underpinned by the main cities.
A couple purchased a property they later found was without mains drainage, contrary to the information contained in the deed of sale.
The mountains are omnipresent in Haute-Savoie, making it the premier skiing area in Europe, and one of the most popular areas in France for British holiday home buyers.
Over the past 10 years one third of non-resident foreign French property buyers have been British, but they are now spending less.
A couple have been ordered to fill in their pond, after neighbours complained of nuisance caused by croaking frogs.
In the Mediterranean department of Herault, wherever you live, the mountains are close and the sea is not too far away.
Buyer discovers after sale completion that the septic tank was not entirely located within boundary of the property.
Around a quarter of British nationals who live in France are resident in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, according to the latest official census results.
The French government have recently published a review of residential building land prices for 2016.
The latest departmental market analysis shows average prices outside of Paris ranging from €650m² in the Creuse to €3,900m² in the Alpes Maritimes.
A combination of relatively low house prices, striking beauty and tranquillity make the Dordogne a popular choice for prospective international property buyers.
The French notaires need to do more to combat criminal activity, according to the French anti-money laundering agency.
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