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Questions about moving to France

Discussion forum for expats moving to or living in France.
Subforums: Property for Sale/Rent

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Questions about moving to France

Post Posted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 2:35 am

Hello!

I'm new and I am wondering if anyone who has already moved to France from England can help me with a few questions that I have.

1. A friend of mine said "Oh don't move to France, because if you decide to eventually sell the French house that you buy now, the Government will take 40% of the asking price." Is this really true???

2. How hard is it to integrate with the French? A different friend has said that they don't accept English/foreigners very well.

3. I don't speak French, but really want to "pick it up" as I try to talk with French people, will this lack of French be a great hindrance in such things as going to the Doctor, or taking the dogs to the vet, or having work done on the house? And also will the French people be offended that I haven't learnt French before I move there?

4. Other people have said that it is very hard to sell a house in France, (if you decide to sell and move back to the UK) and that they don't increase in value like they do in the UK, is this the case?

I do hope I haven't asked too many questions!

Thanks so much. Smile

 

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Re: Questions about moving to France

Post Posted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 3:33 pm

Hi Jenny,

sorry I can't answer any of your questions but we are thinking of buying in france also so have the same worries, what part are you thinking off ? have you done much research ? we have been out 4 times looking at different areas and are currently on a 3 month trip checking out different towns and villages, have you found your ideal area yet ? we could keep in touch and pass on any advise we pick up along the way ? hope to hear from you soon also if anyone else out there has any advise for us that would be great x

 

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Re: Questions about moving to France

Post Posted: Tue Apr 04, 2017 4:33 pm

Hi Lynda,

Sorry for the late reply, and thank you for writing. Yours is the only response I've had!

I haven't done much research, but I do like south mid western France. Which areas do you like? I think it's great that you are spending 3 months travelling around to look at different places, unfortunately I'm not able to do that. Have you come across any people on your travels who have moved to France? Maybe they would be able to answer all the questions we both have?

It would be great to keep in touch and share any info or advice that we both find. I'll let you know if I find any answers to my questions. Smile x

 

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Re: Questions about moving to France

Post Posted: Tue Apr 04, 2017 10:00 pm

hi thanks for your email if you wanted to email me my address is lynda.roach @ hotmail.co.uk
we have seen some beautiful places and think we will probable settle around the Bergerac are or within 20 km of Bergerac, we are looking for a little town that has basic amenities but not to rural, we have a meeting with someone about pensions and finance and have met a few estate agents and expats who have given us some advice, we are ready to buy having sold our main uk residence, if only we knew someone who has been there done it and is now wearing the t-shirt to guide us along all the pitfalls ? i'll keep in touch and let you know how we get on and any advice we receive i'm happy to pass it along speak soon Lynda

 

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Re: Questions about moving to France

Post Posted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 3:38 pm

Hi Lynda,

I sent an email to your address, hope I got it right, let me know if you received it.

Smile x

 

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Re: Questions about moving to France

Post Posted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 5:47 pm

Hi All, I am also about to cross the channel, and am intrigues by some of your questions. have either of you ladies unearthed anything unexpected? Also, the strange comment about the government taking 40% of the proceeds of house sale??? Any clues here? Thanks in advance.

 

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Re: Questions about moving to France

Post Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 10:58 pm

Interesting questions!
We are about to move to France, and similar region.
Done lots of research and can provide some answers - at least (only) based on what I know and in relation to this region.
1. NON! The French government will not be/interested in taking 40%. Do bear in mind that a "lot of tat" is said about France. Same no doubt goes for other countries.
2. Integration is a matter of you as an individual. That is how the French are. They are not that interested in what you do for work, how much money you have, what car you drive, etc. What they ARE interested in is how you are as a person! Are you polite? Respectful? Interesting (that is more difficult to pin down).
If you at least try and speak some of their language, however little, and respect their customs and culture - then (as above) yo will fit in very well.
Other people have suggested, to us, that you should seek out French people and steer clear of too many British ex-pats! No experience of that personally, but some stories have heard and things seem suggests that not all are so kind.
3. As above, they will not be offended. You will find lots and lots of help and support to learn French. Learn what you can you can, and keep at it. You will be fine.
As for doctor's etc - will will be able to find many who do speak English (though will want you to try and speak some French).
Worth bearing in mind that the British generally do have a reputation. It stems form those who want the French way of live (living in France) but make no effort to speak any French at all - even after 10 years of more!!!
Best to avoid adding to that (sure you will, like us, do as much as you can manage).
4. Not so hard to sell a property in France. See how easy it is to buy one! Values go up in relation to French property values. Do not gauge against British properties (which are way, way more expensive in the first place). Also, form research, you will find that French properties are expected to do very well in value gain - as is the economy generally.
This is just based on what I have found out through research, and from five viewing trips. During which time we made new French friends - that should tell you something.
Will be moving to a similar area - about 1 hr from Bergerac.
All the best.

 

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