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Whether you are considering buying a coastal property on the French Riviera or a countryside retreat in Burgundy, our overseas property experts can help.

Our in-house property specialists come with vast experience and can help with your purchase regardless of what stage you are at. Whether you need help with locations, budgeting or transferring funds, we offer a completely free property consultation to help map out the process.
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As one of the world’s biggest French travel and culture websites, The Good Life France is an amazing resource for anybody considering buying a property and moving to France.

We recognise that purchasing a property overseas and relocating are huge decisions and complicated processes, so we strive to provide the most comprehensive guide so that you can progress without the stress.

How we can help

Click on the stage you are at in your property search to learn how we can assist you.

In the early stages of your property search in France, we can offer guidance on which regions suit you, and help you map out the process. Our specialists have been through the process in France thousands of times, so can help you with everything including location, timing of your purchase, currency exchange and much more.

Buying in France can be complicated, but having a clear picture of the process will enable you to have a stress-free experience.

Like most places, house prices in France can vary drastically according to region. Knowing what you want and where will already give you a great indication of the required budget. However, there are many other costs that need to be considered. Legal fees, including a notaire, along with travel expenses and currency movements will all need to be factored in.

Our experts will help you identify all of these costs, so that you have a clear budget before you get started.

At some point you will need to travel to France to view potential properties. Organisation is key and having a virtual euro account opened in advance will save you on your travel expenses.

Reservation fees are not necessary in France, but being prepared with your deposit will enable you to act quickly if you find your dream property, not to mention fixing your exchange rates to protect yourself against a volatile euro.
The Offer

When buying a property in France, you will first sign a offre d’achat which is a commitment in principle to buy the property. Usually you will then be required to make a 10% deposit to secure your property and take it off the market.

With the completion process taking 3 months on average, it may be a good time to consider your currency strategy in advance, which our experts can help you define.

Upon receipt and agreement of a Compromis de Vente your property purchase is pretty much official. When it comes to transferring funds overseas, we ensure that you get competitive exchange rates and are able to send money quickly and securely. We know that speed is crucial at this stage, so your funds can be transferred to France in as little as 11 minutes.

Exchange rate movements are always likely so being informed in advance of your options will increase your chances of getting a good deal.
Future Steps

Are you moving to France, buying a holiday home or looking to rent? We see a good mix of these as the motive for our clients buying on the other side of the Channel.

Help with arranging mortgage payments, converting rental income from euros to your home currency or helping you find a good property management option that you can set up regular payments to are all things we can help with – and all things that can save you money and give you peace of mind.


As currency specialists, we provide a full-service foreign exchange service when transferring funds to France, potentially saving you thousands. Our experienced currency experts monitor the market and analyse trends on your behalf to ensure the correct strategy is selected.
best possible exchange rates

Competitive exchange rates

Our hard working experts ensure that you get excellent exchange rates on your property purchase
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No hidden fees

Our experts work hard to secure excellent exchange rates where available and there are zero transaction costs.
Transaction Fees

Secure transfers

Your funds are held in segregated client accounts when you use our private currency exchange services.
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24/7 Online access

Transfers take 11 minutes on average and you can track yours anytime, anywhere.

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2 months ago
Hi have been using UPFX now for over 2 years. The reason I use them is because they offer good rates and an amazing service. My contact there is Francesca Antino, who is absolutely fabulous and a real asset to the company. I know I’m not anywhere near the size of her other clients but truly feel like I am treated as well. I would definitely recommend them.
2 months ago
Universal partners always offer a great service. Very good at quickly actioning trades and providing any information I request promptly. Friendly and reliable.
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