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Buyers

Buying a new home can be a daunting experience, especially in a country where you’re not familiar with either the buying process or the language. British Owned Property Abroad is a UK-based company with predominantly British vendors, english-speaking partner agents in France and our guidance through the administration of the sale.  You can have a greater level of confidence throughout the buying process as English will be the primary language.

Where possible, we ask all our vendors to complete an information pack for their property, the idea being that you have a comprehensive manual, in English, that explains how the house works, recommendations for local services and suppliers and any interesting social groups in the area.  We aim to make you feel at home from the moment you collect the keys. 

British-Owned Property Abroad is closely aligned with La Résidence, a UK-based French property agency and our bi-lingual team has been helping people buy their dream home in France for over 25 years now. 

We’re here to help you every step of the way, from your very first enquiry, right up until you’re comfortably settled into your new home (and all the nitty-gritty in between). In short, we do everything possible to ensure that the sale is as transparent and stress-free as possible. 

If you can’t find your perfect property on our website then just let us know. We work with an extensive network of local English-speaking agents in France who, once you’ve provided us with your list of requirements, can help identify a short list of suitable properties. 

For a copy of our ‘buying guide’ to French property please email: hello@britishpropertyabroad.com

Sellers

You’ll notice that we’re different. We take a proactive approach to selling. Our marketing is targeted and we have a significant online presence. If you have a property in France you wish to sell and would like to see it actively and enthusiastically marketed, please get in touch.

By marketing your property with us, we help make sure that all the unique selling features of your property and the surrounding area are highlighted.  Our aim is for your property advert stand out from the rest in the online property marketing world.

As well as promotion of properties on our own website, our internet-based advertising is extensive and includes use of all of the most important internet property portals at no cost to the seller. We also send out weekly property updates to our database of active buyers.

We handle all of the administration of the sale, including commissioning of the required diagnostic reports, briefing the Notaire and liaising with both buyer and seller throughout the transaction. In short, we do everything possible to ensure that the sale is as transparent and stress-free as possible.

We have a property presentation guide that gives tips and ideas for getting your property ready for sale.  If you would like a copy, or if you’d like to discuss the sale of your property please call us on: Tel: +44 (0) 1647 507407

Or email: hello@britishpropertyabroad.com

Foreign Exchange

For foreign exchange and international money transfer, British-Owned Property Abroad recommend Frontier Pay. 

If you are making international transfers through your own bank, the chances are they will not only be charging you a substantial fee for the service but will also be doing so at a poor exchange rate. Frontier Pay are specialist foreign exchange brokers. By dealing directly in the currency markets, they miss out the middlemen and get you as close to the 'interbank' rate as is possible.

Independently rated 5/5 by Trustpilot, they can typically save you 3-4% of the total transaction value by comparison with High Street banks.


Find out more about Frontier Pay here...

Mortgages

France Home Finance is an independent French mortgage specialist, based in France with over ten years’ experience. Due to the high volume of French mortgages transacted each year, France Home Finance is able to obtain key account rates and exclusive products, ensuring the best overall deal for you. They will match your personal financial data against the rules and regulations from their banking partners, ensuring you receive the most suitable product at the best rate.

You don’t need to worry about misunderstanding the French mortgage process due to the cultural differences and language barriers. France Home Finance’s experienced bilingual advisors have all personally invested in France. They will walk you through the process step by step and clearly explain all the terms and conditions in English.

British-Owned Property Abroad clients can take advantage of a personalized pre-approval to borrow in France analysis to learn more about how to optimise their purchase. There is no charge or obligation for this service.

Utilities

Once your property purchase is underway, Selectra can help you find the best deals for all your utility supplies (electricity, gas, internet & telephone). 

Selectra is the leading energy and telecommunications supplier comparison service in France. They have partnerships with a wide range of suppliers (Engie, Direct Energie, eni, Orange, SFR, Bouygues, etc), which allows them to find you the best value options for your needs.

With Selectra's bilingual customer service helpline, you can activate electricity, gas, internet and telephone lines for your home in France all within a matter of minutes, and in English. Selectra can also help you switch suppliers, or provide you with a quote for propane supply.