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Brittany: A Short History for Expats

Posted on Wednesday September 18, 2013 (21:18:24)

Brittany is quickly becoming one of the most popular areas for expats. Close to the coast and not too far from the English Channel, it’s a convenient residence for UK expatriates in particular, who may want to hop across the Celtic Sea from time to time to visit friends and family. A thriving expat population means that it’s easy to find people who speak English, and winters in the North-West of France tend to be milder than those closer to the Swiss border, where the Alpine winds chill to the core.

The history of this province of France is closely linked with that of the UK; it is often referred to as Lesser or Little Britain, and many of its myths and legends are recognisably Celtic in nature. Indeed, it is considered as one of the six Celtic nations – areas in Western Europe whose original Celtic languages have survived down through the centuries. Brittany’s local tongue is Breton, although nowadays only about twenty percent of the population speak it. We’ve put together a quick history of the region so you can amaze the locals with your knowledge of the area when you arrive. If you’d like to learn more, there are a number of historical tours available across Brittany and Normandy for anyone who’s interested.   more ...

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Moving from London to Paris: What to Expect

Posted on Monday September 16, 2013 (19:39:52)

Courtesy of Bupa International, specialist providers of expat health insurance.

Planning on making a move across the channel from London to Paris? Find out more about what to expect, and what the two capital cities have in common...

Housing

Like all major global cities, space is at a premium in both Paris and London. All that practice you’ve had in making the best of small spaces with clever storage solutions will come in handy. There are certain arrondissements (districts), such as the 2nd and 8th, where house prices and rental rates are sky-high. But if you’re willing to live slightly further out in the less prestigious areas, Paris is quite affordable, and can be slightly cheaper than London. On the whole property prices in France are up to 30% lower than those in Britain.   more ...

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Relocation Help - Schooling Options On The French Riviera

Posted on Wednesday September 11, 2013 (20:22:13)

by Mellissa Wheeler on behalf of La Costa Properties Monaco

Finding the perfect apartment in Monaco or on the French Riviera could be a dream come true but moving abroad means careful planning and there’s a lot to organise. Relocating to a foreign country can have its challenges but what if there are children to consider too?

A move abroad might mean some changes for you; learning a new language, understanding differences in financial practices, organising the sale, purchase or rental of your new home. For those with children of course, the most important factor will be ensuring your children receive the best possible education.

One of the first questions to ask yourself if you’re looking to buy property abroad is whether there are any good schools in the area.   more ...

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Dealing with the French Health Insurance System as an Expat

Posted on Friday April 26, 2013 (19:20:50)

Overall life expectancy at birth in France is 81.7 years and health is of an exceptionally high standard. In many ways, it excels and overtakes healthcare in countries such as the UK, with better access to new drugs, less hospital infections and pioneering research. However, that said, there is a lot to be said for the quick and easy access to free healthcare enjoyed in the United Kingdom.

The French health care system provides universal health care that is largely financed by way of national health insurance. The country is actually prepared to spend an average of 11% of GDP on its healthcare according to a report in the year 2005. This figure is much higher than the average spent by countries in Europe. Approximately 77% of health expenditures are covered by government funded agencies.   more ...

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The Most Idyllic Places to Relocate in France

Posted on Friday April 05, 2013 (15:57:00)

As mentioned elsewhere on this site, France is home to some of the most luxurious property on earth, a fact that would still hold true even if the commercial center of Paris were excluded from the picture (some might say especially if Paris were excluded from the picture.) Destinations like the Côte d'Azur - more popularly known as the French Riviera, and with unofficial eastern and western boundaries of Saint-Tropez and Cassis - were seen as luxury resorts since the dawn of such a concept, serving as a health spa since the late 1700’s and (after the introduction of continental rail transport) as a prime gathering place for the landed aristocracy and royalty of the 19th century. In spite of the fact that certain of France's most renowned non-Parisian commodities are often produced in amounts exceeding foreign demand (do an internet search for "wine lake" for a good example of this), the region itself remains a rare gem in which the best of nature and man-made artifice melt together in a manner both dramatic and sublime.   more ...

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Best Neighborhoods in Paris for Expat Professionals

Posted on Sunday March 17, 2013 (19:59:22)
Paris as seen from the Eiffel Tower
Though most readers will know that world-class prestige does not come cheap, it is still worth mentioning the fact that residency in Paris can be at the pinnacle of the world 'cost of living' index. France, as a whole, remains the country with the world's most expensive residential property (La Leopolda Villa on the French Riviera, with a price tag of over half a billion U.S. dollars, is the most expensive single property on Earth.) Land within Paris itself has been estimated as having an average cost anywhere from $2,100 USD per square foot to $3,300 USD. U.S. residents bemoaning high land prices in that nation's most popular destinations have it easy in comparison - the average price per square foot in New York City is about half of the low estimate above - and Americans seeking out Parisian properties to rent or own will be quickly reminded that investing in a comparatively richer national history involves a comparatively higher price.   more ...

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The British Who Move To France

Posted on Saturday September 15, 2012 (12:08:55)
Catherine Broughton
The huge surge of British families pulling up roots and moving lock stock and barrel to France, has largely petered out. During the 1980s thousands of families re-located to France, mostly because property was so cheap - sometimes incredibly cheap - and the bargains seemed too good to miss. By the 1990s numbers started to dwindle, though there were still a great many . Now it has all but stopped.

The British who moved to France had some things in common and made the same mistakes:-

- property was very cheap, an entire little smallholding for the price of a garage in the UK (though of course that depended on which part of France. In the centre of the country I once sold a little farmhouse with ten acres of land for about £4000) But there was a good reason why it was so cheap: nobody wanted to live there!   more ...

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Are Leaseback Schemes in France Too Good to be True?

Posted on Sunday May 27, 2012 (16:07:02)

by Deborah Kent

For UK buyers considering entering the French market, there is one purchase option that stands out in terms of investment potential and the ability to get on the property ladder despite the lack of an initial deposit. If this sounds too good to be true - read on!

In actual fact, while nothing similar exists in the UK, the leaseback scheme available in France is worth looking at. The leaseback is a curious mixture of tax incentive and rental guarantee, which is designed to encourage buyers to take on new build homes.

UK buyers will be familiar with developers in the UK offering rental guarantees, which are generally at attractive rates and have a finite life of 1 or 2 years. However, the new build French market differs from the UK in one significant area, namely VAT. Whilst new homes in the UK do not carry VAT, in France that is not the case.   more ...

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What You Need to Know Before Moving to Paris

Posted on Sunday May 27, 2012 (16:04:51)

by Kathryn Valdal Fourie

Shortly after moving to Paris, the fascination with the city of lights and the capital of romance can easily wear off. Your twinkling image of Paris can easily become the city of smoke filled bars, bad customer service and pavements covered with doggie doo. But if you move to Paris equipped with the following information, you should always be able to say 'We'll always have Paris'.


1. Be Organised & Conquer Red Tape

France is famous for its bureaucracy, so you will quickly become an expert in documentation and paperwork. This takes some getting used to, but it's critical from the moment you arrive in France.   more ...

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Finding your dream home in France - Part 1

Posted on Sunday May 27, 2012 (16:01:51)

Buying a home in France can be a complex process. From finding your dream home to relocating to France there are many hurdles to overcome before you can relax and enjoy the lifestyle and beautiful environment that France is renowned for. In Part 1 of this series, Oliver Phillips of PFS France (http://www.propertyforsalefrance.co.uk/) walks you through the process of finding and making an offer on your dream home in France.

Finding your new French property is the first hurdle. Assuming you have an idea what you want, in which location and how much you can afford, the easiest route to searching for properties is often via the Internet using a reputable French property website. The advantages are obvious; a good website will not only offer a large database of properties currently for sale, they will offer multiple photos of the property's exterior, interior and grounds together with comprehensive narrative about the property itself. Also it will often have a search facility through which you can view properties that match your specific criteria, and often offer additional benefits such as email notification of new properties, newsletters and other information to help you in your search. Of course the big advantage is that you can build a shortlist of potential properties without having to visit France, saving you money from the start. Whether you use the Internet or not, when considering a property, make sure you get photos and information before you view the property. You can cut down on wasted trips and expense this way.   more ...