May 2021

The pros and cons of virtual viewings for French gites

With the various travel restrictions stopping us visiting France to view properties, many Brits have been depending on virtual viewings to give them an idea of gites. Some have even made buying decisions based only on these virtual viewings. While we would never recommend buying without visiting, virtual viewings do have a place in buying French gites. With that in mind, let’s outline a few pros...

The costs involved with buying or selling a gite in France

Just like a property purchase in the UK, there are lots of costs involved with buying or selling a gite in France. The actual price of the property is the least of it! If you’re planning to buy or sell a gite in the near future, it might benefit you to have an idea of the various fees and costs involved. That’s what today’s post is all about. A rough guide to the various costs involved in buying...

Do you have to pay import duty when moving items between home and your French gite?

Now the prospect of travel is beginning to open up and the potential to start a new life in France is set to become a reality, how will it all work? Specifically, are there taxes to pay when moving furniture or items to France? Whether it’s to a second home, gite or you’re moving permanently, there is a lot of confusion around whether you have to pay import duty on the items you move. Import...

Setting up your new life in France

If you have just bought your French gite or are moving here to buy a gite, you’ll need a few pointers to set up for your new life here. There are lots of similarities between the UK and France but there are also some fundamental differences. That’s what today’s post is all about. Setting up a French bank account Once you have a permanent address here in France, you’ll want to open a bank...

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