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A season of beautiful weather and a supply of bargain properties have helped record its busiest summer ever for French property enquiries.

Despite having already reached a new record, it is likely September – usually the busiest month of the year – will be even more popular as interest in French property grows. My-French-House founder Patrick Joseph says: “We have more property deals in the pipeline at the moment than we had during the whole of last year.”

One of the factors helping to boost the number of enquiries is the sheer volume and variety of properties available, with some at bargain prices. For example, is currently marketing a fabulous five-bedroom manor house just outside Le Mans, in the northern Loire valley.

Slightly further north, at Domfront in Normandy, is a stunning traditional chateau with seven bedrooms and six bathrooms. It has extensive cellars, including a wine cellar, and many of the original features of the early 19th century house have been retained. The old coach house in the grounds is currently being turned into three-bedroomed accommodation, while the former stable block could provide further living space if required.

Patrick says Normandy and the Loire Valley are particularly popular areas for British buyers at the moment because of easy access from the UK, as well as the beautiful landscapes, pleasant climate and rich history they offer. However, there is a huge range of properties across the country to suit all budgets and tastes, from family homes with pools in Occitanie and charming country houses in rural Aquitaine, to large manor houses and chateaux in traditional styles everywhere from the beautiful Normandy countryside to the fringes of Montpellier near the Mediterranean.

Whatever you want and wherever you prefer to be, now is the time to find your dream French home. With owners reducing their prices in an effort to complete before Christmas, there are some real bargains on offer.

However, if you want to get a great deal, you need to act fast before the market rises any further. As Patrick says: “We have seen far more sold signs going up in the UK in the last few months as the property market picks up and the same is happening in France. After a slow year in 2012, 2013 looks like exceeding all our expectations.”

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