Côte d'Azur Life Home Upkeep
Expat Living and Real EstateJemma - French LessonsLiving in Provence

The not so Glamorous Côte d’Azur Life of Home Upkeep

Contributor blog post by Jemma: I couldn’t write this post until things had been resolved – or mostly resolved, as the case would be. Even then, I didn’t know if I should bother. It’s France. Everyone expects home maintenance problems. And how can anything be a problem, really, if we’re talking …

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Moving Aix-en-Provence Facebook Page
Expat Living and Real EstateSophia van Woensel-Mose

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 Listing Agent
Expat Living and Real EstateSophia van Woensel-Mose

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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Owning Property Architecture Lourmarin @ShutrsSunflowrs
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLiving in ProvenceRental & Self-Catered Properties in ProvenceStay: Accommodation & Rentals in Provence

Building Roots in Provence Committing to Owning Property

Caroline Longstaffe calls her blog “Shutters and Sunflowers,” the inspiration for its name and her musings came from the picturesque surroundings of the South of France (and beyond). In 2012, Longstaffe and her husband spent a total of 20 months in two French towns, Uzès and Lourmarin. Her heart remains …

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IFI Tax Buying Property France @ProvenceSearch
Sophia van Woensel-MoseStay: Accommodation & Rentals in Provence

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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House Renovating Lourmarin @ShutrsandSunflowers
Caroline Longstaffe

The Challenges of House Renovating in Provence

Contributor blog post by Caroline Longstaffe Don’t you ever wonder when you ask your friends how they are and they always say ‘wonderful’? Really, always wonderful, no-one’s life is wonderful all of the time, is it? I know I’m a sharer, I write a blog after all and admittedly I mostly write about …

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Expat Living Lourmarin Provence
Caroline LongstaffeLiving in Provence

Expat Living in Lourmarin Our House in Provence

Contributor blog post by Caroline Longstaffe: Back in March I wrote about the excitement of returning somewhere special, to Lourmarin, quoting from Daphne du Maurier’s ‘Rebecca’ “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” I also mentioned that I had an appointment with a real estate agent…. A great deal has happened since then, but …

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Buying Real Estate Buying Property Provence Home
Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

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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Our Year in Provence
Julie Whitmarsh

Enjoying Our Year in Provence (Sorry Peter Mayle)

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: It has just dawned on me that this time last year Andy was frantically packing the car, filling every possible space with bits we wanted to take with us to France ahead of setting off in the early hours to drive to Provence to …

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Renovation in Provence #ExpatLiving @CuriousProvence
Ashley Tinker

DIY Stores and Builders Merchants in France

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: It can be difficult to find stores near you in a foreign country. Your common knowledge of simple store names just isn’t there. If you’re renovating a house in France, depending on where you’re located, this is where you’ll find your building materials: DIY Stores …

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