A REFLECTION of the popularity of buying property in France is the number of books on the subject.
Buying a Property in France by Mark Igoe and John Howell offers a wide range of information in its 328 pages.
The book opens by asking why you want to move to France and gives you hints and tips on getting the first steps right.
It also looks at the different regions of France, although you may have already decided where you want to go, and features some lovely colour photographs.
The nitty-gritty stuff of buying a house, the legal aspects and the financial implications are dealt with very thoroughly.
And if you have got a pen and paper handy you could even work out some ballpark figures for income tax payments as well as inheritance rates.
The only thing I found a problem with the book was that some references to other pages just read (p.000) either the proofreader was asleep or I have got a dodgy edition.
At the rear of the book are pages featuring a French dictionary of everyday terms as well as those more specific to buying and restoring a property.
There are also lists of consular offices, contact details for estate agents and dates for public holidays and festivals.
A particularly useful feature is the checklist for a do-it-yourself inspection of property that runs to five pages.
Overall this book would be very useful for people thinking about buying in France and handy to keep beside you when actually going ahead with the deal.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: First steps and reasons for buying
Chapter 3: Where in France: Complete profiles of the region
Chapter 4: Selecting a property
Chapter 5: Making the purchase by John Howell, specialist in French property law
Chapter 6: Financial implications by John Howell
Chapter 7: Settling in
Chapter 8: Letting your property
Chapter 9: References including dictionary of useful and technical terms and internet vocabulary
Paperback. 328 pages plus 32 pages colour
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