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Legal considerations when buying a French leaseback

A “leaseback” property transaction is the purchase of a freehold furnished property in a Service Residential Property. It is a tax discounted investment. In return for the discount the property must be leased back to a management company for a minimum of nine years. Leaseback schemes are most known to be tourism residencies...

Posted on October 13th, 2015 | Permanent link | 6 Comments »

Choc-Horror, or Paris and chocolate are always a good idea

-Knock Knock

-“Who’s there?”

-“TRICK OR TREAT!!!” Read more »


L’art de vivre on the French Riviera

What is l’art de vivre? Firstly it’s so French a phrase that we decided to keep the original in English. The French art of living is renowned over the world; the country welcomes 83 million tourists per year, eager to get their annual booster of that je ne sais quoi, scores of people from all over the world dream of leaving behind their grey homelands and setting up over there.


Who is going to help you with your kitchen in France?

The sales agreement has been signed, you have a completion date, now is a good time to prepare all the little changes you may have in mind to make the property you are buying your dream home. Read more »


Top 10 swimming pools in France

Here is our summer selection of the top 10 best swimming pool properties for sale at Sextant: Read more »

Posted on August 10th, 2015 | Permanent link | 4 Comments »

EU succession regulation and French property

UK nationals can elect in their will English law to apply to their French assets. Although Brussels 4 appears to be good news for UK nationals owning properties In France, it still remains the uncertainty over an English Will being challenged before the French court if it deprives the children of their right to inherit.


What about Bordeaux?

Never heard of the lovely city of Bordeaux? While it’s true that it is best known because of its famous wine and vineyards -if not the most famous – in the whole wine industry.


July’s currency update

Not only did the Greek government and its creditors go down to the wire with their bailout negotiations, they went beyond it and they are still moving. Last Friday, with no agreement in sight and the IMF repayment deadline just four days away...


What are the “frais de Notaire”?

If you are buying a property in France, you may have come across the expression “frais de notaire”. Despite the name, they are not actually fees for the Notaire but a confusing way of naming all the fees related to the purchase of a property in France. First of all, all the fees related to a purchase are at the buyer’s expense pursuant to the French Civil Code.


Case Study: non-married couples and French property

The following case study shows the importance for non-married couples to take legal & tax advice when purchasing properties in France. In contrast to married couples, non-married couples (“concubins”) have low legal protection and are subject to very high inheritance tax (at a rate of 60%) in France.