The France Show: househunters undeterred by Brexit
Brexit and a bout of cold winter weather failed to deter house-hunters from turning out in force to The France Show in London where the UK’s largest French property exhibition was held in January.
Despite concerns raised since the UK voted to leave the EU in June, the property exhibition enjoyed a steady flow of property buyers for the duration of the three-day event at London’s Olympia, where many exhibitors said this was their best year yet.
“I’ve been doing this for 26 years and I’ve never been so busy – it’s been magnificent,” said Charles Smallwood of Agence l’Union.
In addition to the impressive turnout, exhibitors also noted a rise in buyers’ budgets, as well as more serious inquiries.
A programme of free seminars throughout the weekend offered essential advice to potential buyers, from ideas on where to live in France to legal and financial tips. Matthew Cameron of Ashtons Legal gave a presentation on understanding the legal aspects of the buying process.
“We spoke to several people interested in purchasing property in France, as well as some who already own property there. While the result of the EU referendum and the UK’s decision to leave was mentioned by many visitors, most appeared to accept not only the decision, but also the fact that nobody is yet certain just how this decision will affect all of us,” he explained.