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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.

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Real estate and houses energy performance solutions

A survey about French people and their concerns about energy performance solutions was conducted. The Chairperson of a real estate network argues that energy performance has a significant impact on the value of a property within the context of a transaction and that we now have to pay more attention to it.

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Purchase your own watermill!

It is time to fulfil your dreams: purchase your own watermill in Brittany. Read more »

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Worried about the French CGT? 2015 update

When buying a property in France, it’s important to keep in mind that the value of the property is likely to increase with time, resulting in a capital gain. A Capital Gains Tax (CGT), known in French as an ‘impôt sur les plus values’ is only applicable on the increase.

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Jazz-à-Juan festival celebrates its 55th birthday!

Created in 1960, this year the “Jazz à Juan” festival celebrates its 55th birthday; for 9 days, jazz will be played and celebrated everywhere in Antibes and Juan-Les-Pins. From 10th to 19th July, come and enjoy the atmosphere and unique performances by famous jazz musicians! Read more »

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Tips for preparing for your summer holiday in France

Summer is here! Plane tickets, accommodation and taxi to the airport are booked, your bags are (just about) packed. But are you completely sure you’re ready to travel? Read more »

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Paris property market is cheaper than in London

The difference of prices in Paris property market, particularly in prestige range, is increasing compared to London. This phenomenon encourages the buying process in the French capital, where the offer is growing too, according to a study made by the Colwell Banker network. Read more »

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Overview of capital gains tax for non-residents in France

Since reforms taken by the French government in 2012 in regards to capital gains tax, France has been seen by international property investors as being not tax friendly in comparison with the UK. Read more »

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Brégançon fortress : the French presidential retreat

The very old Brégançon stone fort overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, known as the french presidential retreat, is now open to the public. From now on, the gates will be opened from 14th May to 30th September without interruption. Read more »

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Greek Villa Kerylos in Cote d’Azur

This fabulous Greek villa was created by Theodore Reinach (1860-1928) and Emmanuel Pontremoli (1865-1956). T. Reinach had a double doctorate in law and arts in Frankfurt. Devoted to Ancient Greece, he also was an archaeologist, a papyrologist, a numismatist and a musicologist. E. Pontremoli was an architect. His goal was not to imitate but reinventing Greece.