House­hunters get “se­ri­ous” in­sider info at French prop­erty ex­hi­bi­tion

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Vis­i­tors to the French Prop­erty Ex­hi­bi­tion at Olympia Lon­don last month found out how to po­ten­tially save thou­sands of pounds when buy­ing a dream home in France.

The French Prop­erty Ex­hi­bi­tion re­turned to Olympia Lon­don on 16-17 Septem­ber and proved a suc­cess for vis­i­tors and ex­hibitors de­spite the show tak­ing place over two days as op­posed to three in the past. Many ex­hibitors noted that the en­quiries they had were from peo­ple with se­ri­ous plans to move to France and with sub­stan­tial bud­gets too.

Charles Small­wood, di­rec­tor of Agence l’union in the Tarn area, said he had had more than 50 en­quiries dur­ing the show. “I haven’t been this busy for years. We’ve had an end­less stream of peo­ple who want to es­cape and start a new life­style in France, and they have pretty big bud­gets too,” he said. Agents on the Leggett stand also re­ported se­ri­ous en­quiries, in­clud­ing a few vis­i­tors with bud­gets over €1m.

With thoughts of the cur­rent pound-to-euro ex­change rate in mind, vis­i­tors were keen to know more about ways to save money on trans­fers and pen­sions and found an­swers in the free sem­i­nars tak­ing place through­out the week­end. Dave and Janette Biggs, a cou­ple from Northamp­ton­shire are hop­ing to semi-re­tire to Pyrénées-at­lan­tiques. “The talks we have been to to­day have al­le­vi­ated some of our fears and opened our eyes. We have learned some of the things we need to con­sider, es­pe­cially around suc­ces­sion plan­ning and pen­sions,” said Janette. Dave agreed, say­ing: “Com­ing here to­day has cer­tainly saved us some money.”

It was Ju­lia Gar­side’s first time at the show and she was look­ing to buy a hol­i­day home with the view of re­lo­cat­ing per­ma­nently to the south of France. “It’s worth re­search­ing from the UK rather than fly­ing out. This is a bril­liant ini­tial ref­er­ence point for some­body who is think­ing about ei­ther a hol­i­day home or a per­ma­nent res­i­dence over there,” she said.

De­spite the Brexit cloud loom­ing, it hasn’t de­terred the many house­hunters who at­tended the show. Cam­bridge Global Pay­ments’ sem­i­nar on how to ‘beat Brexit’ and max­imise ex­change rates was very well at­tended. “There’s been a lot of doom and gloom over the last year since Brexit but it’s a big­ger au­di­ence than I’ve seen in a while,” Matthew Har­ris said.

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