Free talks and bespoke advice a hit at French property show
Househunters flocked to the French Property Exhibition at Olympia London in September to browse thousands of dream homes and get face-to-face advice. As always, the free seminars were particularly popular, with hundreds of people eager to hear from French property experts.
“It’s been a very successful show,” said Jason Porter, who gave a talk about living in France post-brexit on behalf of international tax and wealth management advisers Blevins Franks. “Our seminars have been very well attended and a lot of people have come to talk to us at the stand. People are understandably anxious about Brexit, but, generally, I’ve been able to put their minds at rest about buying property in France.”
Fiona and Philip, who travelled from Kent, particularly enjoyed the Clé Rouge seminar, which has inspired them to look in the Bergerac-bordeaux corridor. The couple were in the early days of their search for a characterful holiday home. “We don’t mind some cosmetic work, but we’re not looking for a full-blown project,” they said.
Echoing those sentiments were David and Caroline Underdown, who are drawn to the pleasant climate of Tarn-et-garonne. “We’d like somewhere with character that we can put our mark on but not something that’s going to kill us,” laughed David. “We have found the seminars today really, really helpful.”
In contrast, Tim and Leanne from Essex have already bought their property and were at the exhibition to ask the experts what they should have known before they bought. “We’ve done it the wrong way round!” they laughed. The couple hope to move into their ‘ longère’ in Pays de la Loire by Christmas. Look out for a feature on their experiences in a future issue of FPN.
Missed this year’s show? Don’t worry; the French Property Exhibition will return to Olympia London next year as part of The France Show, which takes place from 25-27 January 2019. For more details and to book tickets visit thefranceshow.com.
Tim and Leanne have already bought their dream home in France
Fiona and Philip are in the early days of househunting David and Caroline love the climate of south-west France