I am a cash buyer. Why should I bother with a French Mortgage?

The pragmatism of astute real estate buyers will lead them to take on

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Six steps to ensure a reliable Energy Efficiency Report (DPE in French).

Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet and Benoist Apparu, Secretary of State in charge of Housing, presented 6 six steps to improve the energy efficiency rating. For the government, this is the way to silence criticism of the DPE.

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Housing: rent out your property by yourself or via a professional?

MONEY ISSUES – If you are going to put an apartment or a house up for rent, it’s an aspect you’ll be thinking about. If you have free time, good legal knowledge and live near the property, why not manage it all yourself? About 50% of all landlords and 65% of The Particulier’s subscribers (a […]

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Rents may well rise by 1.9% this year

Calculated from the level of inflation, rent index rates allow home owners to raise the rent during a lease period. This quarter marks its highest increase since the beginning of 2009.

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From down under to the Limousin countryside, and back again

Robert and Carole-Ann Pill, a retired couple in their sixties, have the travel bug, and they have it bad.  Hailing from Victoria, Australia, they’ve so far globetrotted their way around the UK,

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Put on your Wellies and get ready for autumn gardening!

Make the most of the next few months and give your French garden some TLC. The month of October is already nearly at an end  and the weather is still fairly mild and temperate. With the so called  Indian summer we had a few weeks ago, there hasn’t been a major  change in the weather,

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Worried about the new French CGT? This is the best time to buy a French property!

On the 8th September 2011, the French parliament voted a new version for Capital Gains Tax on French properties (it isn’t definitive yet because it has to be approved by the second assembly: the sénat).

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Wine Cellars in France

Wine cellars are more than just a basic cellar. In some French regions people spend hundreds of hours taking care of them as they can need constant attention, depending on the size of the cellar. In fact, the humidity and temperature can ruin your

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Ideal holiday periods to spend time in your French property

There is a simple way to find the best moments to spend time in France:  regularly check the Eurostar website  as periods when tickets are expensive often mean there is a special event in France such as Christmas,

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Is the city of Lyon a future great attraction?

France’s second biggest city has more to boast about than its dynamism and popularity. With 480,000 inhabitants in the city and 1,430,000 more with the suburbs and satellite towns, Lyon is also a strategic place geographically speaking.

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