The BVI Network
We have built up a lot of valuable contacts over the years and we are happy to pass that information on to you to make your property purchase or sale easier
If your property purchase is underway, or you are ready to make an offer, you can start applying for your carte de séjour and help is at hand!
As the Brexit negotiations inch forward, there is an increasing number of voices suggesting that it will be necessary for non-EU nationals to have a Carte de Sejour in order to remain in France.
This obviously means us Brits.
We have personally applied for these cards and you might consider doing the same. The waiting time is already over a year in many Départements, however it does seem that at least being in the queue - i.e. having an appointment - is a worthwhile and free step to take.
Each Prefecture has their own process. Check the Prefecture website to see what is needed or contact us for advice. Most currently have a waiting list for rendez-vous. Next start to assemble your dossier of required documents. This includes such things as birth, marriage and divorce certificates and all will need to be officially translated. All this and more needs to be presented, along with the originals, on the day of your appointment.
We have been very competently assisted in our applications by a company called Formation Plus who have assessed our situations, contacted the Prefecture, provided quotes from registered translators, checked our dossiers and accompanied the visit where required. It’s an English-speaking, paid-for service and has saved us hours of work and given us the reassurance that all would be in order on the day of our appointment.
Here’s what one client has had to say about the service:
Great service and peace of mind!
The Formation Plus team were a great support in helping secure us each a Carte de Sejour.
Even though our French is good, and we’ve lived and worked in France for 15 years, navigating the administration can be daunting, and at best a time thief.
So to have our questions answered, our paperwork marshalled, and an appointment made for us at the Prefecture was lovely. We just turned up and were seen on time by a lovely lady who was clearly impressed by our organised dossier.
We chatted about what a nonsense the whole thing is, while she ticked boxes.
Hopefully it’s a formality we’ll never need. But it’s great peace of mind to have them in our hands.
Thanks J and T!!
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So those clients who require additional impartial advice over and above that offered by French-government appointed notaires, may contract directly with a bi-lingual solicitor.
If you have committed to this additional cost, select carefully. There are companies purporting to offer a professional and independent service who do anything but. Their fees are payable in advance and non-refundable - not unreasonable in itself.
Talk to a French bank, in English (or in French!), for a quick in-principle guide to your suitability for a loan. Or to an international broker - in one of several languages. We are happy to advise which is the most sensible route to pursue in any given circumstance.
Equity Release – if you are aged 55 or over and own your UK home outright, you might prefer to use equity release to fund your French home. BVI can help.
Few among us would buy anything without knowing the price. Yet when we mention currency exchange, we know it can sound as if we are ‘selling’ a financial add-on. If you are changing currency, you’ll need to ……change your currency. Typically, this is Sterling to Euros or vice-versa. The rate you get will affect the price you pay or receive. It’s obvious when you pause to think about it - which many of us didn’t………….
There is no way around it, but there are choices. Your bank will charge you a lot of money for this service. Currency specialists typically charge a lot less. They can because it is their specialism and they trade currency in enormous volumes.
We personally use Smart Currency Exchange. We know the owners. They offer good rates and an excellent service. They really do understand that their expertise is a sometimes or first-time experience for many of our clients. Let them be a trusted expert whilst you concentrate on finding your next home.
Our trusted partners can offer:
- Tailored financial advice
- Tax planning
- Inheritance and wills
- Pension planning
- Wealth management
We’ll be with you every step of the way to your new home. At legal completion we’ll help you transfer the utilities into your name.
At this time we will agree meter readings in preparation for transfer of utilities (lifted from Lifecycle), (and agree any inventories made earlier.)
Most companies will not allow us to actually do this for you.
Burke Bros carry out hundreds of moves on behalf of families and individuals to and from France every year and operate services to and from all departments of France on a weekly basis. For over 35 years Burke Bros Moving Group have been the market leaders for moving to France. They employ the most experienced, trustworthy and professional removals team you will find.
We will advise when insurance is required (and when it is just, anyway, a good idea!). What you do is your responsibility. We are happy to pass on details of companies with whom we work and can put you in touch with people to help with insurance for: .
- Property and contents
- Health (top up Mutuelle, Private)
And also, if you need it:
- Business and commercial
- Life insurance
- School insurance
We will, as standard, answer your questions about who we know and have used for various matters ourselves. You may see business cards and flyers in our offices.
We categorically neither endorse or oppose anyone within or excluded from this very wide-ranging category.
Beaux Villages Immobilier is happy to pass on details of local businesses and tradesmen. We do not act as an introducer to you. We explicitly give no recommendation or warranty as to their services.
Home Staging and Interior Design
Property Management Services
Help with managing a property. Someone to open up prior to your arrival. Pool and garden services. We may be able to connect you with local experts.
Renting Your Property
Working with builders
There is a wide range of experience in this sometimes complex field. At it’s best it is industry-regulated and insurance-backed. We will tell you who we have used but we specifically make no recommendations. Buyer beware.