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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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Buying Real Estate in Provence Understand the Benefits of a Buyer’s Agent

Before spending time in Provence, I had never heard of a buyer’s agent. To a North American with the benefits of a transparent residential real estate market, the concept seemed vague and excessive. In Canada, we have Multiple Listing Services (MLS) which serves two purposes; “Unilateral offer of compensation by a …

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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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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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French Property and the Free Search Myth

By Sophia van Woensel-Mose 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 …