Free talks and be­spoke ad­vice a hit at French prop­erty show

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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

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