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Sharing France with you

Every week you'll find new stories, local and national events, comments, recipes and advice on this page. Click on the Archive button to see previous posts full of interesting information and links.

What's in a name?

Julie Savill // Wednesday, 21 November 2018

I have recently acquired a split personality. Having been known as Julie for the past 50-odd years, people are suddenly reinventing me.

It started with a business dinner in Paris. I sat next to a most charming man (who I’ve worked with for 7 years), we discussed how the property market is, how we work together and what the future possibilities might be. At the end of the evening he wished me a good ‘fin du soirée’ and called me Sylvie. I’ve never felt like a Sylvie, but I tried it on, it felt OK so I let it go.

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France Income Tax 2018

Blevins Franks // Tuesday, 20 November 2018

France has a reputation for being a high tax country, so reforms that could reduce taxation are very welcome. The Finance Law for 2018 introduced two significant changes, which particularly affect those with higher investment income and/or wealth.

Income tax and social charges

Social charges have increased by 1.7% for all types of income. So the rates for this year are 9.7% for employment income; 17.2% for investment income, and 9.1% for pension income (you are exempt for pension income if you have Form S1 or do not have access to the French healthcare system).

The income tax rates remain the same as last year, though the income bands have increased slightly with inflation.

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Autumnal awe in Aubeterre

Katherine O`Neill // Thursday, 15 November 2018

A flock of pigeons sit above the bakery in this gorgeous Charentaise Beaux Village on the border with the Dordogne.
It’s a common and entirely understandable element on the wishlist of many house-hunters in our part of the world; walk to bakery.
It’s possible, of course, and we find this for many of our clients.
Others compromise with a short drive or bike ride, having found THE town or village and THE bakery. The fact is, that towns and villages like this one have a lot going for them. That can mean a price premium to live where one can walk in, or a different consideration, such as more neighbours, or living near a road...

For properites in and around Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, click here

Rocking Horse House

Katherine O`Neill // Monday, 12 November 2018

Ever wondered what to do with the kids' old rocking horse? One home-owner had this brilliant idea and now every time someone goes up or down stairs the old horse gets a pat.
We recently sold 'Rocking Horse House' and the owners, old and new, couldn't be happier.
Their sales consultant, Jacqui Reddin from our Jonzac team, received this email:
"Well done Jacqui and thank you for all your help. We are in Rocking Horse House at the end of November. Perhaps we can have a glass of something to celebrate?"

For more properties from the Jonzac team click here.

Happy BVI buyers 2

Nicky Charles // Thursday, 08 November 2018

Last month we showed the video with Trish and Clive. Today is the new episode in our "happy buyers" series!

We spent a week filming around the sunny Dordogne, interviewing 3 couples who have bought a French property with the help of us here at Beaux Villages.

Watch the video to see how Sue and Richard are enjoying their new life in the sun near Eymet. 

Just look at that view!

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Nérac in Autumn

Angie Turner // Tuesday, 06 November 2018

I am fortunate to be living the 'French Dream' in one of the most beautiful departments in France, the Lot et Garonne, and in the historical town of Nerac.

Even during the autumn and winter there is always something to do. If your're looking for the French laid-back way of life, look no further! Relax in the heart of hilly landscapes full of castles, old mills, quiet rivers and Pantagruel gastronomy.

Indulge in long walks on the Canal du Midi, stopping for refreshments in a little cafe to sample the many wines, my favourite being 'le Lys', a Buzet wine.

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Baggage bother with Ryanair

Katherine O`Neill // Friday, 02 November 2018

Ryanair implemented a new rule regarding their carry-on cabin luggage allowances at the beginning of November.

In a bid to reduce hold up times and keep to their 25 minute turn around target, passengers will now have to pay for having a small suitcase on board. There has also been an issue with space where there is only room for 90 'wheelie' bags on a plane carrying up to 189 passengers.

Having changed their baggage rules already once this year, here's to hoping it's not too chaotic for those travelling now.

For those coming to France on viewing trips, you pay to have your cabin bag or pay to put it in the hold! You might as well pack for longer and get the most out of your trip!

More from BBC News

Why is the 1st of November a bank holiday in France?

Marion Beschet // Wednesday, 31 October 2018

This Thursday is a bank holiday in France. It's All Saints' day and traditionally family used to go the cemetery to put flowers on graves of passed family members. 

The French always choose Chrysanthemums - and they wouldn't use them for any other occasion (read our previous blog entry for tales of faux pas in France!). 

Younger generations will choose to celebrate Halloween rather than buying flowers for their late grandparents or parents. 

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Early Halloween in Tournon d'Agenais

Katherine O`Neill // Wednesday, 24 October 2018

The Tournon d’Agenais branch of BVI is decked out for Halloween.
No coincidence that it is home to young mum and BVI Marketing Manager, Marion Beschet!

The shop was mobbed by local children and their parents, and as is the custom, they departed with pockets full of sweets.
All treat, no trick.

For a list of properties available to view exclusively with BVI, click here.

 

Join us!

Katherine O`Neill // Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Passionate about property?

Would you love to be independent and in control of your own successful career?

Beaux Villages Immobilier is recruiting!

Why not join the family!

Whether you’re just starting or a seasoned professional, we can help you develop your potential.

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