Househunters get “serious” insider info at French property exhibition
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.