This Paris Life

Expert Insight, Breaking News, and Insider Stories on Real Estate in Paris

Within weeks of proposing a temporary 20% reduction in capital gains tax on second home sales in France the government has reversed course, increasing the tax on large gains instead.  Of course tax rates on long term capital gains are likely to change before today’s buyers need ever worry about them, but for the moment […]

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A buyers market this spring, but a stronger second half predicted.  MeilleursAgents.com, the notaires of Paris, and an article in Direct Matin yesterday, all have come out with their assessments of what transpired in the Paris real estate market during 2012 and what is predicted for 2013.  The market was relatively frozen during the fall […]

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Question:  A client in process of buying a place in Paris just asked us to update him on the current status of capital gains tax in France.   Miranda says preparation can be key to minimizing tax.

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Working as real estate agent in Paris

Jen Angotti, a licensed Virginia real estate agent, interviewed PPG founder Miranda Bothe about the ins and outs of investing in Paris real estate. This post was featured on her blog Concrete Jungle DC.  

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In 2011, the most recent year with statistics available, just over half of the apartments sold in Paris were bought by unmarried individuals. A quarter of the sales went to

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Following an in-depth look at housing market behavior across Europe in recent years, the research arm of Savills Real Estate found that only Italy might be in for future drops in real estate prices.

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Last Thursday, the Chambre des Notaires in Paris held a special meeting open to the public to discuss the recent changes to the wealth and capital gains tax laws implemented by President Hollande.  Our managing partner, Kerstin Bachmann, was there in person to take notes.  

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With the publication last Friday of the Amended Finance Law (Loi de Finance Rectificative 2012), the French government instituted an “extraordinary wealth contribution” retroactively effective as of January 1, 2012.

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The August lull that sends most Parisians running to the beaches for vacation did not slow the French government from passing important “rectifying” changes in the taxation of real estate gains, rental income and net wealth.

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Rental income and sales of investment property or second homes by French residents have always been subject to social security contributions (payroll taxes). The previous rate of 13.5% was raised to to 15.5% on July 1st of this year. Unlike in the United States, gains realized from the sale of a primary residence are not […]

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