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Social Access Mortgages in France – allowing modest income families to purchase French property

The Pret a l’Asencsion Sociale (or Pret PAS as it is commonly known in France) is a subsidized mortgage with a government regulated interest rate. This type of mortgage was introduced in 1993 as an additional way of helping modest income, but financially solvent families onto the housing ladder. The mortgage is means tested and … Continue reading »

France’s tax grab on second homes? Not agreed as yet!

The headlines have been awash with news that owners of second homes in France whom reside outside of the country are set to be hit with mighty tax bills. As always, the press has played hard on the scary side of things and it’s almost as if the new tax laws are already in place … Continue reading »

French Property Market Going Strong

Wondering what’s happening in the French property market? French Mortgage Direct feature in this article by Complete France.

Where in the World do you think is the best place to live?

The Telegraph is currently running a survey asking it’s readers to pinpoint on a map where they believe is the best place to live in the World. Voters can win a £1000 prize towards a holiday of their dreams. There’s no doubt that we’ve voted France and more specifically the Rhone-Alps as the best place … Continue reading »

Regional Focus: Aquitaine

Aquitaine, in the south-west, is the largest region of France. It has a long, straight west coast, which stretches 200km from the mouth of the Gironde estuary down to Spanish border. Along this border there are two main resorts, Biarritz in the south which, once fashionable with the glamour set of the 1930s has recently … Continue reading »

New La Poste prices – from July 1st 2011

If you’re like me and buy lots of different priced stamps so to avoid endless trips to La Poste, be aware that the pricing has changed as of July 1st this year. You can download the new La Poste prices here: http://www.laposte.fr/Particulier/Consulter-nos-tarifs/Tarifs-Courrier

5 tips to ensure French mortgage success

Turmoil in the banking world over the past few years has caused various shake ups with the French Mortgage Providers and we’ve seen lenders tighten and change their lending criteria. Some purchasers have been led to believe that the French banks are no longer lending to non-resident customers when this isn’t true. Yes, some of … Continue reading »

Details of International Schools in Paris

An important thing to consider when moving to France with children is the continuity of their education. Younger children will, and do benefit well from integrating the local education system and attending classes in French, but children at a more critical age need continuity to ensure that they can get the right qualifications later on. … Continue reading »

New La Poste Tariffs – 1st July 2010

Not having changed it’s tariffs since early 2009, La Poste has today published it’s new tariffs applicable from today:  Click here to download the new prices

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