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Reasons British Property Buyers Love France

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When it comes to buying a second home or retiring abroad, according to a poll by a popular property agent in France – it’s the culture that tops the many reasons France stays top of the list.

Reasons to be cheerful

Even with Brexit uncertainty, the British love affair with French property remains strong. A poll conducted by Leggett Immobilier, the largest seller of French property to British buyers, has revealed the top five reasons for Brits wanting to buy a home in France.

A poll conducted by the largest seller of French property to British buyers shows ‘French culture’, ‘rural lifestyle’ and ‘the weather’ top reasons for property purchases in France.

Key reasons for Brits buying property in France

  1. French culture (31%)
  2. Rural lifestyle (25%)
  3. The weather (20%)
  4. House prices (16%)
  5. Food and Drink (4.5%)
  6. Safe community (3.5%)

It seems that it is a love for the French way of life that continues to appeal to British purchasers. Leggett sales in the third quarter of the year have risen compared to the same period last year, even in light of uncertainty following the Brexit result.

“We have always known that it is the culture, lifestyle and climate that British people love about France,” said Trevor Leggett, chairman of Leggett Immobilier. “With Juppé poised for victory in the next election and an increase of 100,000 property transactions over the past 12 months, it is clear that the French property market is on the up. Couple this with the lowest mortgage rates seen for decades, and it is clear why now is the time to buy property in France.”

* Source, Leggett Immobilier sales data from poll of 1,147 British people conducted via www.frenchestateagents.com (20th – 25th October 2016)

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