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Isobel Laing gives her take on Brexit

Isobel Laing gives her take on Brexit

Isobel Laing gives her take on Brexit and buying property in the French Alps  What will it mean? Does it matter? Dare we mention the “B” word? For any Brit looking to invest in a property in the French Alps, the upcoming EU Referendum or “Brexit” may feel like an invisible brake, bringing with it […]

Brexit – your expat property questions answered

Brexit – your expat property questions answered

THE DEBATE – should the UK leave the EU? With the UK referendum on the 23rd June no one can be sure about the impact of a vote to leave the EU. The vote is particularly relevant for those of us who live, work or own property outside the UK. With an array of differing […]

The Telegraph – Brexit and its impact on expat property owners

The Telegraph – Brexit and its impact on expat property owners

THE TELEGRAPH Brexit: What impact could it have on expat property owners? If Britain votes to leave the EU, what will it mean for the two million British expats living on the Continent – and the further one million who own a holiday home there? Could taxes, mortgages and visa requirements change? Would they have […]

Registering as an auto-entrepreneur in France

Registering as an auto-entrepreneur in France

*please note since  2016 the name was changed to micro-entrepreneur, you may still come across websites and printed forms referring to it under it’s original name of auto-entrepreneur. Setting up as an auto-entrepreneur in France is a relatively straightforward process. However, as with all things French there is a certain amount of paperwork involved and you will require some […]

Why register your British car in France?

Why register your British car in France?

Many of our UK clients ask if it’s worth registering their British car in France or simply buying one over there. Here are a few reasons why taking the plunge, and re-registering your British car as a French one, might be a better option in the long term. 1. KEEP COSTS LOW Cars are a […]

Preparing invoices (factures) in France

Preparing invoices (factures) in France

As part of how series of How to’s for expats wanting to live and work in France here are our top tips when invoicing clients as an auto-entrepreneur in France The facts A devis is an estimate and a facture is an invoice. You must include the following information on your invoices in France: Date of invoice. Date of service […]

What is the difference between taxe foncière and tax d’habitation

What is the difference between taxe foncière and tax d’habitation

THE SHORT STORY  … Taxe foncière is a land tax. The owner of a property pays it even if there are no buildings on the land. Taxe d’habitation is a residence tax. It is paid by the household living in the property on 1st January, whether it is an owner, tenant, or by the owner […]

How to register your UK car in France

How to register your UK car in France

After buying a property in France the next question most of our clients’ ask is, ‘Can I register my UK car in France?’  The short answer is, ‘Yes, you can’. It is relatively easy, thousands of people have, but it’s not necessarily swift, and it’s definitely not paperwork free! Here’s France Property Angels Guide on how to […]

Dream of buying a chalet? What about a whole village!

Dream of buying a chalet? What about a whole village!

Of all the quirky things for sale on Ebay this one takes the biscotti! Browsing through Ebay you’re always bound to make some interesting and unusual finds and if you’re savvy and quick on the draw in bidding wars you can get some pretty good deals. Property for sale on Ebay is nothing new but […]

Tips to plan a successful viewing trip

Tips to plan a successful viewing trip

Good preparation can make the difference between a great trip and a disappointing one, here we give a few tips on how to make the most of it.

French property surveys

French property surveys

Property for sale in France must undergo a series of surveys known collectively as the Dossier de Diagnotic Technique (DDT) which comment on the condition & safety of the property before the sale.

Pound hits highest level against euro in over a year

Pound hits highest level against euro in over a year

Strong retail sales & an enviable economic recovery leaves the pound strong against the Euro making it a great time for Brits to consider the French chalet market. The financial crisis of 2007 saw a pound that had bought roughly 1.4 to 1.5 Euros drop to around 1.29 in 2008 and then again to as […]

Alpine property outperforms the overall French property market

Alpine property outperforms the overall French property market

The outlook is bright for property in the Alps in 2014 with some resorts presenting ideal opportunities. Property in the French Alps has fared better than France as a whole over the last few years but with a shifting outlook. In 2011 & 2012 sales were fairly strong but prices fell causing some concern amongst […]

French Property – changes to Capital Gains Tax due on second homes

French Property – changes to Capital Gains Tax due on second homes

After Sarkozy’s increase of capital gains tax, French property sales were reported to drop by over 12%. To reverse this trend and boost property sales the French government has made changes to the Capital Gains Tax due on second homes. From 1st September 2013*: Capital Gains (plus-value) – Those owning a second home in France […]

France to reposition itself as world leader in the ski market

France to reposition itself as world leader in the ski market

France currently has approximately 55 million ski days. The USA is currently clocking up 60 million ski days. France Montagnes has decided to change all that. France Montagnes is a group of French mountain professional organisations founded in 2010. Made up of the ESF (Ecole de Ski Francais), Domaine Skiables de France and the Association […]

BNP Paribas – Investing & living abroad

BNP Paribas – Investing & living abroad

  BNP Paribas’ annual “Investing & living abroad” survey has just been published looking at the trends and changes in the French Property Market over the 12-18 months.   The biggest headline was the value of the average property transaction, which had increased across France with some regions seeing a rise of up to +12%. […]

Will new French President affect French property?

Will new French President affect French property?

Nicolas Sarkozy has become the first president in 31 years not to get elected to a second term. Many have predicted that Hollande’s success will have a major impact not only on European Union policies but also on the French economy; the new president favouring growth over Sarkozy’s steadfast commitment to austerity. But how will […]

What can you buy in the Alps for 500,000 euros?

What can you buy in the Alps for 500,000 euros?

Following on from our article “What can you buy in the Alps for 350,000?” we thought we would bring you an eclectic mix of alpine property for sale at the 500,000 price bracket. There are options a plenty in an assortment of different resorts – something to suit everyone’s French fancy. Les Gets Chalet – […]

New research- Alpine property offers good return

New research- Alpine property offers good return

Research released by Alpine Homes and global property giants Savills confirmed that Alpine property still offers great rental potential. The report stated that despite the overall volume of UK holiday home buyers reducing between 2009 and 2011 the proportion of those investing in ski properties actually increased. The increase is attributed to good rental demand […]

Positive housing News from the Experts…

Positive housing News from the Experts…

A research team recently reported that house prices in France rose by 9.5 per cent in 2010 and this followed a figure from the Notaires de France (who act like solicitors do in the UK but also sell property) which quoted prices rising by 6.9 per cent last year. This more sustainable supply/demand scenario has […]

Property Renovation – a very human affliction

Property Renovation – a very human affliction

Is it part of our DNA? A human predisposition towards construction? Or maybe it’s a throwback from caveman times? I’ve tried to blame it on ‘Grand Designs’, ‘Location Location Location’ or ‘Changing Rooms’ because as soon as I reached a certain age I couldn’t so much as look at a dilapidated old farmhouse without feeling […]

What can you buy in the Alps for 350,000 euros?

What can you buy in the Alps for 350,000 euros?

Fallen in love with the French Alps but think Alpine Living is out of your league? We take a quick look at what you can buy for 350,000 euros. Like the Chamonix valley? Well she loves you. At just under 350,000 euros you can buy this pretty two bedroom apartment with two balconies plus an […]

Chalet Lac de Vonnes

Alpine Angels clients, Tracy and Darren, bought their chalet in Chatel in 2004 which they have since run as a base for their successful catered chalet business. They are now ready to move on and so their chalet is on the market: “7 years ago we came to the Portes du Soliel with Alpine Angels […]

Sterling at an 8 month high against the Euro

Sterling at an 8 month high against the Euro

Political instability in Italy and growing concerns over the rising price of Italian debt has weakened the euro today. Currently GBP/EUR is trading at its highest level since January this year. This is good opportunity for buyers of the euro to purchase at significant highs ahead of the Bank of England MPC meeting tomorrow. An […]