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Socialist mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo sits down with Le Parisien in her first interview since official re-election on July 3rd, an opportunity to confirm her campaign promises, like the creation of “urban forests,” a project that should begin in the near future.   […] Environmental Issues At the end of your campaign, you announced […]

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Interest rates have increased significantly since the end of quarantine.  Why is this happening and what does this mean for potential buyers, especially as borrowing conditions tighten? Interest rates have been slowly increasing since the beginning of the coronavirus epidemic in France.  Since quarantine was lifted, however, there has been an accelerated rate of increase, […]

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Henry Buzy-Cazaux, President of the Institute of Real Estate Services Management, comments on the large-scale adoption of digital tools by real estate professionals in France, especially considering how reluctant many were to make the leap just a couple of months ago…   Covid-19, by forcing us into lockdown, has deprived us of social interaction. It […]

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Signing an agreement of sale, finalizing a property purchase, or carrying out home inspections are all once again possible following the publication of new regulatory texts in France.   It is now possible for people whose real estate projects have been put on hold during the lockdown to sign preliminary sales agreements and/or deeds of […]

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Candidates in this year’s municipal elections aren’t only running for mayor, they’re also racing to find the best ways to free the capital from the congestion and pollution of its vehicles.  Anne Hidalgo has even presented a plan to make Paris a “100% bikeable city,” much like Amsterdam or Copenhagen. But is the capital built […]

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By the end of 2020, 80% of French people will no longer pay la taxe d’habitation, or local resident tax, on their primary residence.  Secondary residences, however, will not be exempt.  How are local resident taxes on secondary properties calculated and how does this compare to main residences?  Bercy Infos outlines everything you need to […]

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This year’s Loi de finances includes many measures of interest to the real estate sector.   Certain real estate tax cut programs already in force will be extended and modified, while tax reforms continue to change the financial landscape for homeowners.  Read ahead for everything you need to know about this year’s changes.    Le […]

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Financially speaking, if it’s possible for you to buy a property outright, in cash, thus avoiding interest payments on a mortgage, you should do it, right?  Well, not necessarily in France…  Read on to discover why buying property in France with a French mortgage is the more financially savvy route, even if you can afford […]

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The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that American rental platform Airbnb is indeed a digital services company and not a real estate company.   On December 19th, Airbnb won a decisive victory in the European Court of Justice, which ruled that the private rental platform is not a real estate company […]

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Launched this summer by the Mister of Housing and the President of l’Agence nationale de l’habitat (l’ANAH), “Facil Habitat” accompanies landlords throughout their property ownership, including during energy-saving renovation projects.    It was created to centralize responses to the many questions homeowners may have.  “It’s a tool to guide owners throughout their home ownership and […]

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