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Macron plays down UK 'no deal' Brexit visa fears
French president Emmanuel Macon has recently tried to diminish any fears over potential new barriers for Britons in the event of a 'no deal' on Brexit; visas have not been ruled out.
Mr Macron goes on to state that any suggestion of UK visitors for France being denied a visa is "fake news"
Buy now, Brex-it later
So it’s all still up in the air regarding the final outcome of the Brexit debacle.
The point-scoring rumbles on.
If you are a potential buyer, reading this, we sincerely hope you will NOT wait for the politicians to iron out the small print of our shared future over the next 20 or 30 years.
Let us offer you your own dedicated personal property consultant.
Push past the doubt.
We stand ready to find you the right property and agree a great deal.
Then we’ll help you settle in.
Go with the flow
Entre Deux Mers is embraced by the tidal stretches of the Dordogne and the Garonne rivers and offers history, culture and wine aplenty.
Flowing from the Auvergne in central France, the Dordogne finally makes its acquaintance with the Spanish-born Garonne north of Bordeaux in South West France. And in this watery embrace you’ll find the rough triangle of land known as the Entre Deux Mers. The name translates directly as between two tides and the region stretches as far as the tidal reach of each river. This is wine country; some of the prettiest wine country you’ll find in France with rolling hills, regimented vineyards – many with tasting and buying opportunities - and charming bastide towns to explore.Read more ...
Five questions to ask about your UK pension in France
1. How much tax will I pay?
If you have not accessed your UK pension and then take it all as a lump sum, you could pay just 7.5% in French taxes (other conditions apply). Otherwise, taking cash or income from UK pensions attracts income tax rates up to 45% plus 9.1% social charges.
However, you will avoid social charges if you hold the EU form S1 (available once you reach UK State Pension age) or have not joined the French healthcare system. Taking private health insurance could therefore reduce your pensions tax bill by 9.1%.
2. Will the lifetime pension allowance (LTA) affect me?
Combined UK pension benefits (excluding the State Pension) over £1.03 million invite LTA tax penalties of 55% for lump sums or 25% for income and transfers, even if French resident. Once transferred overseas, funds are out of LTA range.
Les Deux Jours de Montcuq (The Two Days of Montcuq), 40 years of horse-racing
This year is the 42nd edition of the endurance horse-race well-known to all horse riders: Les Deux Jours de Montuq (The Two Days of Montuq) on the 3rd and 4th of November.
As its name indicates, this race will take place over two days, with each day's unique circuit departing from Montuq. The contestants will travel over 200km over the weekend on their horses. This represents a great challenge, and as many people say, finishing the race is an achievement in itself.
Les Deux Jours de Montuq is one of the most well known endurance races of the world, along with the Tevis Cup in California, USA and the Tom Quilty Gold Cup in Australia.
The fact that it has remained a huge classic and a staple of the world's horse-riding elite is partly due to its unwavering direction in 40 years: it has always taken place on the same dates - the weekend closest to All Saint's Day (la Toussaint)-, the routes have remained largely the same and most importantly the spirit of the race has held strong throughout the years: competition and the performance of the horse as well as the discovery of a spectacular natural environment.Read more ...
Happy BVI buyers
We spent last 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 Clive and Trish are enjoying their new life in the sun near Bergerac.
Just look at that view!Read more ...
It shouldn't happen to an estate agent
In between viewing beautiful houses on glorious sunny days there are days when an estate agent wonders ‘why me?’.
Of course there are plenty of days when it all goes swimmingly but there are also days when you wonder why you ever chose estate agency as a career. Most of us wouldn’t change it for the world and there’s always a steady stream of good stories that make great conversation over dinner.Read more ...
Job opportunity in Bergerac!
Beaux Villages Immobilier is an award winning multi-lingual estate agent.
We operate a family culture online and from shops across the south of France.
We were voted Best Real Estate Agent in France and nominated Best in Europe for 2017/2018.
Our website picked up the same award.
We have vacancies for a few special people to join our team in a wide area around Bergerac.
We are looking for experienced hands-on sales managers and trainers.
You’ll need a proven relevant track record and to be fluent in French and English.
These are salaried positions
And we are looking for commission-only self-employed property consultants - with or without directly relevant experience. We need people-people more than we need hard-sell.
Two languages is a distinct advantage, however we have vacancies if you speak just one and have compensatory skills.
Head for the Hills
If good food, great views and spectacular countryside do it for you, put the Quercy region of south west France on your must-see list for this year.
Head past the Limousin and turn left at the Dordogne or the Lot et Garonne et, voila, there’s the Quercy. Easy on the eye, not so kind to the belt buckle, the Quercy was one of the provinces of France until the Département system was introduced in 1790. Now made up of the whole of the Lot and the northern half of the Tarn-et-Garonne départements it offers some of the most beautiful rolling landscapes to be found in France along with a renowned cuisine and some rather good wines. Two or three days in this region will give you the flavour. To really relish all it has to offer a week or more would not be greedy.Read more ...
Carcassonne, we've arrived!
Beaux Villages Immobilier is delighted to announce its latest office at 94 rue Verdun, 11000 Carcassonne.
The Carcassonne office is situated within a stroll of several car parks in the 'new' town.
It's a relative term. The new town is what we might call Victorian or Edwardian with tall elegant buildings either side of wide shopping streets. The old town, by contrast, is the amazingly preserved medieval Cité at the top of the hill, the scene for Kate Mosse's evocative book, Labyrinth.
BVI builds its business on success, and we are only able to open now because of the sterling efforts of our local team, Chrissy and Nick Clark and Pauline Johnson.
We now need two more French-speaking team members.
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