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5 key tips for finding cheap properties in France

Written by on August 18, 2014 in Buying a Home
5 key tips for finding cheap properties in France

We all love to look at pictures of chateaux and grand mansion houses for sale in France and dream we are the owners with huge gardens and private beaches. The reality though is that the great majority of us simply can’t afford such luxurious properties – the price tag is just as impressive as the […]

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Top tips for buying a property in France

Written by on July 23, 2014 in Buying a Home
Top tips for buying a property in France

As I stood looking in the window of an immobilier (estate agent) in France last week, I heard someone say in English: “I want that one”. It is something I hear a lot. I travel all over France and love to look at the properties advertised in the windows of the immobiliers, sometimes I go […]

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Ten Reasons for living in Monaco

Written by on May 26, 2014 in Buying a Home
Ten Reasons for living in Monaco

Monaco frequently tops lists as one of the best places in the world to live, and if you are already the proud owner of Monaco real estate, you probably know why. But for those of you new on the Monaco property scene who are looking to make the move, here are our Top 10 Reasons […]

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Five essential tips for buying a house in France

Written by on April 28, 2014 in Buying a Home
Five essential tips for buying a house in France

When you’re looking to buy a property and move to France there 5 key things that you should consider – from those that have been there, done it and bought the T Shirt! 5 fundamental tips for buying a house in France and having a succesful relocation: 1. Location, location, location It’s as true of […]

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French Chateau Rescued from Ruin

Written by on January 13, 2014 in Buying a Home, Midi-Pyrénées
French Chateau Rescued from Ruin

How many of us dream of owning and renovating a French chateau? A palace that was lived in by French aristocrats, where the rich, powerful and famous partied and where every room reveals a story from the past? Karina Waters is from Perth, Western Australia where, in what “feels like a previous life now” she […]

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French estate agent terms explained

Written by on October 24, 2013 in Buying a Home
French estate agent terms explained

Estate agents, real estate agents, immobiliers – they all speak their own language – that of selling houses! We take a tongue-in-cheek look at the French estate agent terms used for selling houses in France to expats with a dream house in mind… Bargain – Falling to bits Character – Very old and falling to […]

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Why buy a property in Nord-Pas de Calais, northern France?

Written by on August 21, 2013 in Buying a Home
Why buy a property in Nord-Pas de Calais, northern France?

My new friend Laura is moving to France soon, to a village near me in Nord-Pas de Calais. I am sure that like me, most of her friends will have questioned her sanity in moving to the north instead of the south. She is actually moving here because she read something I wrote in the […]

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Three Things you should know about buying property in France

Written by on August 10, 2013 in Buying a Home
Three Things you should know about buying property in France

France remains the dream destination to move to for a great number of people around the world. Whether you are buying a holiday home, a house to retire to, an investment property or a property to live in while you work in France there are three key things you should know about buying property in […]

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Taxe Foncière | property tax in France

Written by on May 16, 2013 in Buying a Home, Tax with 0 Comments
Taxe Foncière | property tax in France

In France there are two property taxes to pay – Taxe d’Habitation and Taxe Foncière – both are forms of a council tax. The Taxe Foncière is payable by property owners – whether they live in the property or not. The Taxe d’Habitation is payable by the residents of the property – whether they own […]

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French Property Tax | Taxe d’Habitation

Written by on May 16, 2013 in Buying a Home, Tax with 0 Comments
French Property Tax | Taxe d’Habitation

There are two property taxes to pay when you have a French property – the Taxe Foncière and the Taxe d’Habitation. The Taxe Foncière is the responsibility of the owners of a property. The Taxe d’Habitation is the responsibility of the occupiers of a property – whether they own or rent. Payment of the Taxe […]

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