Best in show
House-hunters were out in force in January at The France Show, which hosts the UK’s largest French property exhibition, reflecting the continuing upsurge in interest among British buyers in the French property market.
“From the moment we arrived, we had a non-stop flow of people coming to our stand,” says Steven Weller from estate agency Forgotten France. “It’s been a long time since I have seen so many serious buyers at an event. The reaction was just unbelievable and overall, the show was great fun, hard work and very rewarding.”
The three-day event returned once again to London’s Olympia, where visitors took the opportunity to sample the many delights of France in the French market and at the winetasting sessions, before watching the cancan dancers perform a show-stopping routine on the Flavours of France stage. Living France’s very own columnist Ian Moore also joined in the fun for the first time this year and was a big hit with the crowd.
The stands on the property floor showcased thousands of homes for sale in France for those dreaming of a new lifestyle across the Channel. From ski chalets in the French Alps and quaint countryside cottages to luxurious seaside villas and city-chic apartments, there were properties to suit all tastes and budgets.
Estate agents were on hand to answer questions from keen buyers and to offer local insight into the areas of France they cover, while notaires, mortgage advisers, solicitors and currency exchange advisers also provided invaluable information and guidance on the buying process.
A programme of expert seminars also ran throughout the weekend offering free specialist advice on a range of topics related to buying and living in France, from legal and tax issues to running a business.
The success of the show echoes the current market conditions in France, with many experts predicting that 2016 will continue in the same successful vein as last