Buying Property in France – A Practical Guide to the New IFI Tax

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). [...]

Buying Property in France – A Practical Guide to the New IFI Tax 2018-01-07T20:01:36+00:00

Slowing the Pace of Life in Aix-en-Provence

We all love the fact that life in beautiful Aix-en-Provence is lived at a slower pace, However, the daily business of living doesn't always go slowly here because of a conscious lifestyle choice. Instead, it often is a consequence of this medieval capital of Provence having expanded over time to respond to immediate needs without knowing what the future would [...]

Slowing the Pace of Life in Aix-en-Provence 2018-01-13T18:47:25+00:00

Provence Property: Why Hire a Buyer’s Agent?

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 [...]

Provence Property: Why Hire a Buyer’s Agent? 2017-10-31T15:40:22+00:00

French Property and the Free Search Myth

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 [...]

French Property and the Free Search Myth 2017-05-13T21:31:32+00:00

Marseille or Aix-en-Provence? Give me both!

One of the favourite pastimes of the Aixois is fervently discussing the town's many qualities. They cite the climate, culture and architecture; rave about the shopping and surrounding countryside; and compare notes on their favourite Luberon village, Mediterranean beach, local wine and restaurant. When we first moved here, I would often enthusiastically add how wonderful it was to also have [...]

Marseille or Aix-en-Provence? Give me both! 2017-01-11T22:50:22+00:00

How to Avoid Buying the Wrong House in Provence

(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 [...]

How to Avoid Buying the Wrong House in Provence 2017-05-13T21:32:09+00:00