Brexit

Brexit Deal Does Little for the Pound

After the Brexit deal was agreed we saw a timid rise in GBP/EUR which nearly reached 1.12 on Christmas Eve. Soon after, the rate dropped to levels of 1.10 where it has remained for most of the festive period. So

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Pound Falls as Brexit Agreement Stalls

In the past few weeks, good news of a vaccine coupled with the expectation of an imminent BREXIT agreement saw the pound gain substantial ground against the major currencies. GBP/EUR nearly hit the 1.13 level – the best in weeks.

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Renovation Case Study: To the Manoir Born Dordogne-style

When the Chapmans stayed at their favourite Dordogne guesthouse on a house-hunting foray and fortuitously found it was for sale, they snapped up the pretty manor, says Nicola Venning. When Christopher and Sarah Chapman visited the Dordogne in 1990, their

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Are You Being Optimistic?

Over the past year, we’ve seen huge market volatility whether it be through stalling Brexit negotiations or the ongoing pandemic that is affecting markets globally. GBP/EUR has been as high as 1.2047, and as low as 1.0608 this year, which

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Lockdown Your Transaction

The overriding focus this year has been on COVID-19 and the impact this has had across the globe. With the threat of the virus still strong and the recent announcement of further lockdowns in most European countries, including here in

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Q&A: Buying a Property in France

Charlotte Macdonald is an associate solicitor in Stone King’s international and cross border team. Over a new 12-part series of articles Charlotte answers legal and practical questions that are often asked by her clients in relation to France; whether that

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Property Update: Your Viewing Checklist

House hunting abroad doesn’t have to be a whole new ballgame – as long as you know the rules Book appointments in advance This will help to avoid disappointment, especially at peak viewing times. Do bear in mind that agents

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Will my carte de séjour change my inheritance tax position?

Charlotte Macdonald is an associate solicitor in Stone King’s international and cross border team. Over a new 12-part series of articles Charlotte answers legal and practical questions that are often asked by her clients in relation to France; whether that

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EU based Britons to lose UK bank accounts?

A host of the UK’s major banks such as; Lloyds Banking Group (which includes Halifax and Bank of Scotland), Barclays and Coutts have notified customers that if a ‘No Deal’ ensues in the upcoming trade deal talks between the UK

Ask the Experts: Getting a Handle on Mortgages

Securing a mortgage in France doesn’t have to be difficult and can be more cost-effective than paying for your property in cash FrenchEntrée Property Director Alistair Lockhart advises prospective buyers on the best way to secure a mortgage and get

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Legally Dealing with Waste Problems in France

Sarah Bright, property lawyer in Toulouse, tackles the unmentionable As comical as it seems, I spend one huge dollop of my time rectifying expats’ scatological disputes. Leaky drains, overflowing cesspits, broken pipes… Bad plumbing, though hardly glamorous, has become a

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Pound-to-Euro under Brexit pressure

Last week we saw the pound fall nearly 4% against the euro. Not great news for those in the UK looking to exchange their funds into euros to pay for their dream property in France. The only thing that stopped

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Mortgage Update: French Mortgages for the Over-60s

Since the 1970s, France has been a property and lifestyle destination for retired and pre-retirees from overseas, particularly the UK. Every week we speak with clients in their 50s and 60s who are either looking for a holiday home or

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Buying a Property to Renovate in France

Many of the properties for sale come with that key caveat. they ‘need work’. Our expert contributor shares tips for buying a property to renovate in France.

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Risk Is Back on the Agenda

A sudden surge in coronavirus cases in America, Europe and UK is threating the precarious balance achieved on the last months. For those thinking of buying in a different country and with a different currency this situation is really difficult.

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6 French Properties with Incredible Views

One of the most common requirements from prospective buyers is that they want to own a property in France is, “must have nice views”. This week we have a look at some wonderful French properties for sale with views to

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What Are Matrimonial Property Regimes?

Charlotte Macdonald is an associate solicitor in Stone King’s international and cross-border team. Over a series of articles Charlotte answers legal and practical questions that are often asked by her clients in relation to France; whether that be buying or