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France without tears

The HindleBaldock A-Z guide to administrative life in France Buying a property in France is, for most people, an incredibly exciting and positive prospect. It is often the realisation of a long-held ambition or dream. French lifestyle, climate, mountains, sea, culture...

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The ‘Snow-sure’ premium

We have always urged our clients to consider three primary criteria when considering a purchase in the Alps: a large well joined-up ski area, proximity to the slopes, and snow-sure credentials. For three years in a row, we’ve had a poor start to the season, yet for...

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Residential Outlook and Review – January 2017

2016 has been eventful both in France and worldwide. The outrage to the terrorism in Paris, Nice and elsewhere have had an obvious effect on the French national mood and the full ramifications have yet to be played out in the political arena. The presidential...

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UK Stamp Duty Rates: UK’s loss, France’s gain

South of FranceThe purpose of taxation is normally seen in the context of raising revenue for the Exchequer and in some circumstances changing ‘behaviour’ and social outcomes. How and on whom it is levied varies given the political hue of any given Government. Post...

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BREXIT and your decision to buy in France

The current debate on whether the UK should remain in or leave the EU seems to be producing more heat than light with many ‘undecided’ or ‘unsure’ voters complaining that they are unable to make an informed decision given the lack of ‘facts’. On the one hand we have...

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Some market mojo returns to the Riviera…finally!

It would be an understatement to say that the property market in the Côte d’Azur and Provence have all been subdued in recent years. The idea of buying a villa in the South of France has hardly been the most pressing of priorities. A combination of the recent economic...

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Monte Carlo or Bust?

As we approach May and the date for the Monaco Grand Prix it is the usual norm for property journalists to cast their gaze towards the Monaco real estate market along with the associated personalities, glitz, glamour and wealth it portrays. This heady journalistic...

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Exchange rates and property values: some cautionary advice

We have seen much hyperbole across all media concerning the decline of the Euro against the Pound in recent weeks. It is undeniable that the Euro has weakened and for ‘Brits’ visiting Eurozone countries their available spending money will go that much further than has...

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Opportunity knocks in the South of France

Property Market Outlook 2015 It is sometimes suggested that there must be a conflict of interest when we represent buyers in a difficult market as notional values decline. Should we not dissuade buyers from buying if we think that values might decline further? It is a...

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Search that’s more than smoke and mirrors…

Mirrors are fascinating. From the moment someone first saw their image in a pool of water we have loved looking at ourselves. There’s something magic about a mirror. Snow White’s Queen talked to hers. The Lady of Shalott was forced to look at the world reflected in...

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As safe as houses

The rights and wrongs of the Cyprus bailout by fellow Eurozone members and the IMF have resulted in many column inches of discussion in the press and elsewhere. Whatever the moral hazard with any given point of view on this subject there is no doubt that it has been a...

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Sauce Hollandaise…

As we’ve mentioned before, there is a French expression “à quelle sauce serons nous mangés”. Literally, what sauce will be served when we are gobbled up by the government, the taxman or any other entity we disagree with. Unless there is a huge surprise next Sunday,...

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South of France Property Market 2012 mid year update

A small but noticeable increase in confidence In our market commentary at the beginning of the year we concluded that while there had been a reduction in transactional volumes, 2011 had seen a small but noticeable uptick in activity and confidence and the early signs...

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French Tax alert

Thank you to our friends at Lawrence Graham LLP, Monaco for this update. Trustee’s filing requirements: What deadline? On 23 December 2011 the French Tax Authorities issued a Tax Ruling regarding the filing obligations applicable to Trustees under the new law....

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Buyer beware? Buyer be ruthless!

When the fundamentals of a property market such as that which exists in the South of France have not changed in decades what suddenly modifies the all important balance between supply and demand? A very frothy sellers’ market in 2007 changing to a painfully subdued...

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A Country House dilemma, the Cotswolds or Provence?

That was the question that I pondered for many years, married to a stockbroker with a dream to leave the City and retire to the country! Well, as far as I was concerned having a house in Gloucestershire and looking through the windows at a garden that could rarely be...

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South of France property investment hotspots 2012

Overview The South of France property market has not been immune to post Lehman difficulties and has seen a significant reduction in the number of transactions as well as prices achieved in almost all market sectors. That said, activity levels picked up in 2011 and...

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