Pamela, there are all sorts of reasons that people consider returning. Most of the comments are helpful and informative, but follow your dream and do not be put off. Take the positives and run with them. Take the negatives, and try to ensure they do not apply to you. The possible, but by no means definite exit of the UK from the EU, has just thrown another dimension in to the mix. I do not feel it will make a huge difference if the UK decide to leave the EU. For me it may mean my state and work pensions will be frozen. Looking long term, it would mean that i would lose very little, simply because the rise in pensions annually is so small. It may also mean continuing to have to pay for health care when i reach retirement age in a couple of years time, but as i do anyway, it will make little difference. There is bound to be a change in the amount of paperwork, in that we may need visas, etc, but i cannot see the French making it too difficult for British people, or any other 'foreigner' to stay put. We contribute too much to their economy. Also, the last thing France needs is a large number of properties hitting the market. There are hundreds of properties in every department that are already empty. If Hollande carries out his threat, to make French second home owners pay full local taxes on there second homes, and in some cases third and fourth homes, there will be another flood of houses, onto an already very depressed market. In a market where you can buy a 1 bedroom apartment for 13000 euros, it would be an economic disaster. The estate agent i rent through, has already told me to take no notice of advertised prices. She said that If i buy, offer what ever i like, as it may well be accepted. I hope your move is a happy one, and that you have a great future in France.