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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

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