Property Market Experts Say Now is the Time to Buy in France

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French Property News magazine celebrates its 20th anniversary with another market-leading French Property Exhibition at Harrogate, 15-17 May 2009.

Our readers tell us they'd rather be in France than in the UK as the lifestyle is more enjoyable. The bottom line is that those who are seriously committed to a French lifestyle do their homework and make sure the move is sustainable. On the whole France still offers a good long-term return on investment.

Archant Life France, the market leading publisher within the Francophile market in the UK, is organising its annual French property exhibition in Harrogate. The three-day event will be held in the Yorkshire Event Centre. Doors will open at 10am every day and entrance is free. Tickets can be obtained from fpeharrogate.com.

Show visitors will be able to meet the market professionals such as estate agents, tax advisors, mortgage lenders, and removal and currency exchange companies. Free seminars led by experts will run throughout the show, offering househunters a unique opportunity to have their questions answered face to face.

Having watched the French property market and commented on its fluctuations over the years, Karen Tait, editor of French Property News magazine, has become a trusted voice. She believes that, despite the property market's current bad press, now is a good time to buy in France. "It is a buyer's market in France at the moment, indeed, many vendors in France have dropped their sale price to levels not seen for years, which means that even with the current sterling/euro exchange rate, buyers can still find a bargain," she said. "I know there are obstacles on the path to true French property nirvana, but there are also plenty of ways to get round them. Even if your plans to buy in France are only at the dream stage, do come along to the show. You will hear lots of good advice and may be surprised at what you can achieve within your current financial circumstances."

Archant Life France keeps a close eye on the market through its publications and related websites, and is always interested in new trends. "For instance, at present we're seeing an increase in the number of people seeking to swap properties," explained Karen Tait. "Difficult conditions force people to innovate and new ideas are emerging. All this will be open for discussion at the show."

As well as organising France-related exhibitions Archant Life France publishes three monthly magazines about France and a number of websites. Their property portal France Property Shop welcomes an average of 20,000 unique visitors every month while Living France magazine keeps appealing to the numerous British nationals who decide to move to France permanently every year. Eleanor O'Kane, the editor of Living France said: "Our readers tell us they'd rather be in France than in the UK as the lifestyle is more enjoyable. The bottom line is that those who are seriously committed to a French lifestyle do their homework and make sure the move is sustainable. On the whole France still offers a good long-term return on investment."

All visitors at the show will be given free copies of French Property News and Living France. The following month, French Property News will be celebrating 20 years of publishing with a special anniversary issue.

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