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In our blog property owners share their knowledge of buying, owning and selling property abroad. This is an extremely useful resource for both property buyers and sellers. Learn what it's really like to live abroad, learn what to expect when making the transition, understand the buying and selling process and discover common pitfalls. Browse their articles below.

The process of moving from the UK to France
By Margaret Ager

Here are a few tips on some of the admin work that needs to be carried out when you move to France. Read article

From Australia to Portugal at 78!
By Gaby Hughes

At 78 years and just a tad bored with my comfortably safe and complacent life on the east coast of Australia … and the neighbours’ daily chatter of ... Read article

Living in Spain
By Christina Bellenie

We retired in 2002 and moved to Cataluña, renting for a couple of years to see if the life in Spain suited us. Read article

Wines of the Loire
By John Dunkerley

If you are a lover of wine you cannot find a better place to live than in the Loire Valley. Read article

Buying privately
By Judie Burman

The first thing we would say about this is don’t be scared of the prospect of a private purchase! Estate Agents in France charge a very high ... Read article

Stone or Contemporary construction?
By Mike Welham

In the Limousine which is part of the Nouvelle Aquitaine there are stone properties as well as those of a more contemporary construction. Read article

Access in Rural France
By Mike Welham

Rural France which includes any place outside of a city or large town can be idyllic but when purchasing check the small print as to what is yours ... Read article

Customer Service in France
By Mike Welham

You know what customer service means in the UK along with that old adage that the customer is always right. Read article

It doesn't fit
By Mike Welham

The eco new build was progressing well, not mine, but that of our friends and they had reached the stage where they had to order the windows and the ... Read article

Whose Money Is It?
By Mike Welham

One of the first tasks you do when moving to France is open a French bank account which is a straightforward process and once you have put some money ... Read article

A Poem: French Ways
By Celia Paris

'Bonjour' is where we start, an essential to begin - not just a greeting, but a pre-requisite before saying anything. Read article

Life in France
By Margaret Ager

After years of living near an Airport with nose to tail traffic going passed our door, we decided that having just retired we wanted a complete ... Read article

Location, Location & Lascaux!
By Judie Burman

Where you decide to locate yourself in France can be influenced by many factors depending on why you are looking for a property there. Read article

Public transport in France
By Mike Welham

In rural France there is no local public bus/coach service. Read article

Little shop vs. big store
By Mike Welham

The picture of France is of small towns and villages based around the Maries office with a variety of little shops catering for everyday needs. Read article

Open all Hours?
By Mike Welham

The title of a UK sitcom depicting a corner shop which was open from dawn to dusk and could certainly never be confused with French shopping hours. Read article

Living In Madeira
By Alex & Jan Green

We live in Funchal Madeira, an archipelago of Portugal in the Atlantic Ocean, 360 miles directly west of Morocco and 540 miles southwest of Lisbon ... Read article

Schools in France
By Foster Maughan

Our daughter has been educated in France up to University level when she decided to go toEdinburgh for a four year business degree in which she ... Read article

The Sicily of Inspector Montalbano
By Alan Vincent

Fans of Andrea Camilleri’s famous detective Inspector Salvo Montalbano, and there are many, would love to trace the footsteps of their hero across ... Read article

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