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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 »
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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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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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French home energy performance solutions

A survey carried out with French people and their concerns about energy performance solutions was conducted recently. The director of a property 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 »