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Real Estate Tips and More on Moving to Aix-en-Provence

Contributor blog post by Sophia Mose: At PROVENCE SEARCH we always get asked questions about moving to Aix-en-Provence or living here – which neighbourhoods are the nicest or closest or greenest, how to find a property, information about the public schools and international schools, recommendations for an English speaking doctor, dentist, …

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Buying Property in France – Why Registering with One Listing Agent is not Enough

Contributor blog post by Sophia Mose: When buying in France, especially if you’re not fluent in French, it can be tempting to register with one Anglophone estate agent and hope for the best. For many of our clients, their search started like that. They spotted a beautiful property on a …

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

Contributor blog post by Sophia Mose: 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 …

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Where to Buy Property on the French Riviera: Vence

Contributor blog post by Sophia Mose: Vence is often overshadowed by its more glamorous sister, St Paul-de-Vence. Vence, a pretty market town in the hills close to Nice (about 20 minutes from Nice airport), is often overshadowed by its more glamorous sister, St Paul-de-Vence. Whereas the village of St Paul-de-Vence …

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Slowing the Pace of Life in Aix-en-Provence

Contributor blog post by Sophia Mose: 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 …

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Who Should Draft the Compromis de Vente?

Contributor blog post by Sophia Mose: It is true that French estate agents (agents immobiliers) by law are permitted to draw up the compromis the vente, which is the contract of sale in France. In fact, a buyer and seller could even agree the terms of the sale between them …

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Is Gazumping Possible in France?

Contributor blog post by Sophia Mose: When I lived in London the conversation during after-work drinks inevitably would turn to house hunting frustrations. There was always someone drowning their sorrows after just having been outbid at the last minute. No surprise that the English adopted the satisfyingly resonant Yiddish expression …

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Buying Property in Provence: Insider Tips

Contributor blog post by Sophia Mose: Tip Nº 1 – Viewings and Negotiations House purchase negotiations are a delicate process anywhere in the world. Tempers easily flare and communications can break down because of misunderstandings or hurt feelings. When you don’t speak French fluently and don’t know the ins and …

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How to Avoid Buying the Wrong House in Provence

By Sophia van Woensel-Mose We all know that house hunting is an emotional experience and that the majority of house buying decisions is made on first impressions alone. Most of my clients will say that a house must “feel right”. There’s nothing wrong with listening to your instinct, as long …

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Provence: Falling for the Real Luberon

By Sophia van Woensel-Mose Before we moved to France I had read Peter Mayle’s account of his idyllic year in the Luberon region of Provence, and thoroughly enjoyed it. However, when planning our great escape from the grey-skied rat-race that is the City of London we never contemplated moving to …

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