For British people wanting to make their dream of moving to France a reality there is now a deadline looming – December 31st, 2020.
This is the end of the Brexit transition period and marks the last day that British people can benefit from European freedom of movement to start a new life in another country.
After several months of lockdown and travel bans, real estate agents in France say they are seeing a surge of enquiries as buyers look to make the move before the end of the year.
Trevor Leggett, boss of France-based agency Leggett Immobilier, is predicting the company's busiest period in 21 years of trading.
A company spokesman said: “Travel restrictions, due to Covid-19, have meant that there is a huge, pent up demand – Leggett Immobilier has a database of 50,000 buyers eager to move, with 100s of viewings lined up for visitors from the UK.”
And for British buyers, Brexit is an additional factor.