Dreaming of Buying Property in ‘La Belle France’? Hamptons International announces ‘French Property Seminars’
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Leading residential property agency Hamptons International has today announced it is to hold a series  of ‘French Property Seminars’ in London, Kent and Bath. The seminars will be held from 7pm in the following branches; Amersham on Tuesday 4th March (3 Sycamore Road, Amersham, Bucks, HP6 5EQ), Bath on Wednesday 5th March (32 Gay Street, Bath, Somerset BA1 2NT) and Battersea on Thursday 6th March (Battersea on 98-100 Northcote Road, London, 6QW).

France is one of the most sought after second home destinations for British buyers looking to purchase abroad due to ease of access from the UK, value for money and the range of properties available. Hamptons International has over 5,000 properties available to buy in France ranging in price from £50k right up to £15 million in a range of popular locations from Aquitaine, Dordogne and Brittany to Cote D’Azur and Corsica.

Maribeth Long, International Sales Manager at Hamptons International says: “Over the past year, we’ve seen a 20 per cent increase in people looking to purchase a second home in France and due to the strength of our international network, we are delighted to be bringing both our expertise and these properties to our local investors first hand.”

“We would urge anyone who is interested in buying a second home in France to attend the seminar.  It is set to be a very informative evening with some true experts on hand!”

At the event where drinks and nibbles will also be provided, Hamptons International’s French partner will present information on the buying process in France as well as tips on choosing the best location to buy. Joanna Leggett, a British national who has lived and worked in France for the past 10 years will also be giving potential buyers top tips on choosing the right property, integrating into the community and the buying process.

However, agreeing a sale is just the start of the legal process required to formalise and contracts need to be exchanged for anything to be certain.  While the time taken to agree a price is at its lowest level in six years, capacity restraints and more stringent mortgage application processes have lengthened the time between an agreed sale and exchange, increasing from 10 weeks in 2012 to 11 today.

The net result is that time to exchange has fallen by five days to just under 21 and a half weeks in 2013 compared with 2012.

Joanna Leggett comments: “I am delighted to be involved in the property seminar and am looking forward to meeting with British based clients to offer them advice and guidance on the French property market.

“2013 saw a real surge in British buyers purchasing property in France and for those who are considering acquiring property I will be outlining how purchasing works for the foreign buyer and the important pointers to look out for.”

“France is undoubtedly a great choice for British investors - over the last 12 months prices have fallen by 1.7 per cent, with bigger falls in more rural areas. Perceived value aside, France is a country which offers a beautiful array of properties, great weather and a relaxed way of life and should be top of any buyers  list!”

For more information on the event, please contact Hamptons International on 020 7265 6595 or overseas@hamptons-int.com

For media enquiries please contact:

Camilla Hopkins, Senior Press Officer, Hamptons International
020 7758 8468 / 07876 445 493 / hopkinsc@hamptons-int.com

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