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Should I buy or rent a home in France?

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If you have not spent a lot of time in France, you should rent before even thinking about buying. We asked expats there about the buy vs. rent decision...

"We had bought our home in 2004 and spent all our holidays (winter and Summer) at the house making a few changes and keeping the garden in check. Like any purchase in a foreign country there are different rules and regulations so it is as well to ensure you have a reliable agent and notaire to guide the process. If French is not your first language, or you are not fluent,or your notaire is not bi-lingual, then it is a requirement to have an authorised translator at the signings," said another expat in Aude and Herault Departments, France.

"I bought a 400 year old village house after living a year in an apartment in Montpellier. The process is difficult due to the searching and then the closing takes months," wrote a member who made the move to Pezenas, France.

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