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France is Europe's most popular tourist destination, and it is easy to see why. The country boasts a beautiful and varied landscape: you only have to drive for a couple of hours to experience a number of different types of countryside, climate, culture and history.

The recent onslaught of cheap travel offers from discount flight operators, ferry companies and the Channel Tunnel has made the country more accessible. It is therefore no wonder that so many Brits are deciding to make their holidays in France longer. More people than ever are exchanging rainy old England for the delights of France and are looking to buy French property as a way of attaining the French joie de vivre.

Although the grass may seem even greener than usual on the other side of the Channel, it is important to realise that while France may be only a hop, skip and a jump away, the property regulations are quite different to those in the UK. Being part of the EU does not, unfortunately, mean that we both have the same legal practices. Furthermore, France is renowned for loving its bureaucracy, a situation that can be very frustrating for someone trying to buy French property. This website aims to help you untangle the web of technical terms and jargon that can suffocate even the most eager French property buyers. This is an impartial site that can help you locate French property for sale, and then guide you through the process once you decide to buy.

When you are looking to invest your money in French property there are a number of factors to consider. First and foremost is WHERE you will start looking for that ideal French property, a decision that may rest almost entirely on the climate. Swapping rainy old England for sunny France is a very attractive proposition but, as France is a large country, the weather is not the same wherever you go. There are four types of climate in France: Mediterranean (hot summer, mild winters on southern coast); Oceanic (mild climate all year round on Atlantic and Channel coasts); Continental (hot summer, cold winter in land locked eastern France); Mountain (cool summer, cold winter in one of France's five mountain ranges).

Go to the page on buying property abroad to analyse more factors that may have an effect on your decision to buy French property.