Owning a house in France is a dream for many British people and, increasingly, a reality for some. Property prices are generally lower than in much of the UK, which encourages many buyers, but purchasing and selling costs are much higher. Choosing the wrong property or wrong location can be an expensive mistake. This guide deals with the detail of buying or renting a home in France in a practical and straightforward way. Every aspect of buying property is dealt with, including financial issues, choosing a location, the different regions, renting, purchasing, buying land, apartments, letting and selling, taxation and inheritance rules, and retiring, working and setting up a business in France. With maps, useful addresses and a dictionary of helpful French terms, the book is a companion for any would-be Francophile and should help prospective buyers avoid the pitfalls which can turn buying a dream home into a disaster.