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Expat Living and Real EstateLiving in ProvenceSophia van Woensel-Mose

Buying French Property – Who Represents You?

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 the Netherlands. Maybe you contacted an estate agent assuming that …

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Expat Living and Real EstateLiving in ProvenceSophia van Woensel-Mose

Buying Property in Provence: Viewings

House purchase negotiations are a delicate process anywhere in the world. Tempers quickly 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 outs of French customs and the French real estate market, then things could …

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Expat Living and Real EstateSophia van Woensel-Mose

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

By Sophia Mose: Aix-en-Provence Relocation Newcomers to Aix-en-Provence as well as people considering a move to this popular town just inland from Marseille tend to have a lot of questions about moving to Aix-en-Provence or living there – which neighbourhoods are the nicest or closest or greenest, the property market …

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Expat Living and Real EstateSophia van Woensel-Mose

Buying Property in France: Listing Agents One is not Enough

Understanding Real Estate Agents in France When looking to buy a property 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 house hunters, the search in France starts like that. …

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IFI Tax Buying Property France @ProvenceSearch
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Buying Property in France – A Practical Guide to the French Wealth Tax

By Sophia Mose: French Property and Taxes Traditionally, France did not have a reputation as a tax-efficient country for wealthy residents. In particular, the pre-2018 French wealth tax on worldwide net assets made headlines for chasing away celebrities such as Gerard Depardieu. However, as of the 1st of January 2018, …

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French Riviera Vence Properties for Sale
Sophia van Woensel-MoseStay: Accommodation & Rentals in Provence

Where to Buy Property on the French Riviera: Vence

By Sophia Mose: Buying Property in Vence versus St Paul-de-Vence Vence is a pretty medieval market town in the hills north of Nice on the Côte d’Azur. About 20 minutes from Nice airport, it has a population of about 19 000 people. The town is often overshadowed by its more …

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Expat Living and Real EstateLiving in ProvenceSophia van Woensel-Mose

Slowing the Pace of Life in Aix-en-Provence

Most foreigners moving here 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 …

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Expat Living and Real EstateSophia van Woensel-Mose

French Real Estate: Who Should Draft the Compromis de Vente?

French estate agents (agents immobiliers) are permitted by law to draw up the compromis de vente or promesse de vente  (here both are referred to as compromis), two different versions of the initial contract of sale in France. But that does not mean they actually should draft the agreement. Most estate agents …

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Gazumped French Real Estate
Expat Living and Real EstateSophia van Woensel-Mose

How to Avoid Being Gazumped in French Real Estate

Buying Real Estate in France In London, the conversation during after-work drinks inevitably turns to house hunting frustrations. There is 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 gezumph to name the devastating …

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Expat Living and Real EstateSophia van Woensel-Mose

Buying Property in Provence: Insider Tips

Tip Nº 1 – Viewings and Negotiations House purchase negotiations are a delicate process anywhere in the world. Tempers quickly 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 outs of French customs and the …

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