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Real Estate in France

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jan 08, 2024

Summary: An expat should begin their search for a home to buy in France by researching the different regions and cities in the country. They should also consider their budget and the type of property they are looking for. It is also important to research the local real estate market and the availability of properties in the area. Foreigners are allowed to purchase property in France, however, there are certain restrictions in place. For example, foreigners are not allowed to purchase agricultural land or property in certain protected areas. Houses in France typically include amenities such as a kitchen, bathroom, living room, and bedrooms. Depending on the property, they may also include a garden, terrace, balcony, or garage.

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How do I find a place to live in France?

We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:

"One way to find a place to live in France is to search online and compare different listings. You can search websites like Immobilier.fr and SeLoger.com to find property listings. Additionally, you can search for a French real estate agent who can help you find a property in your desired area. You can also look for online forums where people post about their experiences in France, as well as ask for advice from locals. Another way to find a place to live is to reach out to contacts in France; people you know can provide tips on the best places to look for rental properties. Once you have narrowed down your choices, you can contact the landlords to see if you can view the property before deciding if it's the right place for you," said one expat in France.

"My husband asked his new collegues about the neighborhoods. One of his collegues (from HR) helped us find our home, we did a lot ourselves and my father, who lives here already, helped us too," remarked one member in Dijon.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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