French Property Blog: Our Voice from France

Plan ahead to get the best from French healthcare

Along with the food, wine, lifestyle and natural scenery of France, the healthcare system is one of the best in the world. But like anything that you aren’t used to, it can seem a little complicated to begin with – so here are a few pointers to help you out.


The first thing to note is that in France you need to pay into the system to get something out. All French residents have access to the state healthcare system but the state doesn’t always pay all the costs of any medical treatment, you have to top up the rest yourself (partial reimbursement). The level of reimbursement will depend on your status, and this is where forward planning comes in. The first crucial thing to consider is where are you deemed resident? Full-time residents in receipt of a state pension can transfer their healthcare rights to France. To find out more, read our online guide to the French healthcare system.

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Monaco Grand Prix Glitz with these three winning homes

Another sun-drenched summer season on the Cote d’Azur is kicking off with the Monaco Grand Prix at the end of this month and we flag up three amazing properties worth a place on the podium. We have picked Nice, where for many of us (without a superyacht) the weekend begins…

This is a lovely comtemporary three-bedroom home with a pool close to vineyards in a lovely residential area to the west of Nice.


This one ranks high when it comes to both charm and location. It’s a traditional five-bedroom home with a lovely large garden only five minutes walk to the sea.


A cracking two-bedroom apartment sith vast wraparound terrace to enjoy these stunning sea views, this is one to swoon at. Modern, light and in a great area of Nice.


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Showtime again!

At the weekend things were hot at London’s Olympia for the A Place in the Sun Live! show. This weekend, we are off to Wetherby Racecourse for the French property show – so do come and join us – we have free fast-track tickets on offer


We had great fun at A Place in the Sun at the weekend, with a two-storey show this year – we were on the upper floor in the French Village! The seminars were packed as usual, with everyone wanting to learn more about the relaxed French lifestyle and wanting to hear more about all the great property for sale in France.

These exhibitions are ideal for providing you with all the information you need to purchase your dream home in France so we cannot emphasize enough how useful they are at providing so many ideas and experts under one roof.

If you didn’t make it to Olympia, then do come and see us this weekend at the French Property Exhibition at Wetherby Racecourse (13th-14th May). Don’t forget to register for free, fast-track entry .

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Making your property search even easier…. The Leggett App

If you are on the go and want to browse all of our 15,000 beautiful French properties using your tablet or smartphone, we have now made it even easier with the Leggett App.


The Leggett App is available now to download from the App store – for free – with any device using IOS6 or later. Already receiving five star reviews, no other app can offer you such a wide selection of French properties with full English descriptions. In fact all of the best features have been taken from the award-winning website and integrated into this easy to use format.

We think what really sets it apart is the fact it flags up “new on the market” and “recently reduced” properties so you can get a jump on the market, even if you stuck on a train or killing time at the airport. You can do a simple search by Google maps or property type and features and then arrange your favourites in order to help you organise your viewing schedule. All the listings are real time and there are even interactive “virtual tours” on many of the properties. Add to that maps showing local schools, commerce and other facilities, direct links to mail/call us for instant viewings and you won’t ever want to be without the Leggett app again!

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What do notaries do in France?

Buying a home in France is certainly an exciting adventure, but a little different from purchasing a home in the UK. In France there is really no one more important than the local Notaire in your home purchase.

So who is s/he exactly? And what does s/he do? The Notaire is a totally independent legal professional, acting on behalf of the state, for both parties. Their job is to prepare and authenticate contracts and other documents and ensure they fully comply with French property law.

The Notaire is there to advise you on how to structure your purchase and then carry out the conveyancing on your chosen property, to ensure there are no outstanding debts, third party claims or pre-emptions on the property. Always present at the signing of the ‘Acte de Vente’ the Notaire has also to collect all monies, including government taxes and his own fees – a total sum of around 8% – 10% of the sale price, plus TVA.

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