Traditionally, France has not had a reputation as a tax-efficient country for wealthy residents. In particular, France’s wealth tax on world-wide net assets, the Impot de solidarité sur la fortune (ISF), made headlines for chasing away celebrities such as Gerard Depardieu. French Parliament has now approved the transformation of the ISF into the Impot sur la fortune immobilière (IFI). [...]
Vence is often overshadowed by its more glamorous sister, St Paul-de-Vence. Whereas the latter is a pristine example of a tourist village perché, Vence is more down to earth and affordable. Vence is already popular with French holiday home buyers, including expat French buyers looking for a home base. They like that the town is more authentic and not a "show" village. They also like its proximity to Nice, the airport, and the coast, as well as the countryside feeling, without being isolated.
An exclusive buyer's agent or property finder is a local property expert who does not list properties for sale and exclusively represents buyers in their search and acquisition. They negotiate the lowest possible price and best conditions on their clients' behalf, pre-screen properties for clients, point out any potential problems and protect their clients' interests throughout. True buyer's agents are [...]
If you've been searching for French property for a while and find the system confusing, then you're not alone. On the face of it things in France seem to work the same way as in the UK, Australia, America or Holland. Maybe you contacted an estate agent assuming that they had access to all property listings? Or did you think [...]
(This article previously appeared in FrenchEntrée Magazine May/June 2015) We all know that house hunting is an emotional experience and that the majority of house buying decisions is made on first impressions alone. The first thing most of my clients will say is that a house must "feel right". There’s nothing wrong with listening to your instinct, as long as [...]