July 2014

There are 5 blog entries for July 2014.

france-capital-gains-taxWhen you are ready to start looking for France real estate, it is important to know what tax incentives are out there in order to make the smartest financial decision possible. According to Propertywire.com, the French government recently announced the French capital gains tax exemption law is reduced from 30 years to 22 years. In other words, you must own your home for at least 22 years before you can be exempt from the capital gains tax. The law was raised to 30 years from 15 years in early 2013, causing an outrage from the real estate industry.

The French government agreed to lower the capital gains tax exemption law to 22 years in an effort to attract foreign buyers and investors. In the United States, a year limit exemption does not exist but

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calvadosCalvados is one of the Amber Trio of Brandy in France, also consisting of Cognac and Armagnac. The former two are made of fermented grapes, while Calvados is made of apples, giving it a unique and sweeter taste. France has always been known for their outstanding wines but their brandy is gaining more and more recognition. Calvados is produced in the Lower Normandy (Basse-Normandie) region, and so even for those looking to purchase a house for sale in Paris it is perfect for a weekend trip away. Introduced in the 17th century, it was after the French Revolution that Calvados was given its name and production of the apple brandy prevailed despite prohibition and taxation.

A deadly plant disease named phylloxera broke out in the late 18th century, killing

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best-paris-cafesIt’s clear that Paris has mastered the art of café dining al fresco and coffee rendez-vous. After all, it is in the infamous cafés such as Les Deux Margot and Café de Flore where artists and poets of the 18th and 19th century would gather to discuss radical ideas and philosophies. Handsome Properties International reviews some of the best cafés in Paris that are restoring the Parisian café scene to its original glory days.

Café Coutume

If you're serious about coffee, Café Coutume located in the trendy St-Germain neighborhood on the left bank of Paris is a must visit. Coffee addicts swear by this place and you'll be hard pressed to find many cafés in Paris serving up the same caliber of coffee. They are also known for their delicious breakfast items

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palace-of-versailles-historyA Handsome Properties International client recently returned from a trip to Paris. She stayed in one of our Paris vacation rentals for the entire month of October in the 1st arrondissement. One of her favorite memories from her trip was the Palace of Versailles. In fact, she loved Versailles so much she visited it twice! The breathtaking architecture and perfectly manicured gardens make this estate one of the most visited chateau in the world. The Palace has been on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List for the past 30 years.

How To Get To The Palace of Versailles

The town of Versailles is located roughly 20 minutes from our centrally located luxury apartments in Paris and originated in the 1000’s as a small village. King Louis XIII built a small hunting

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getting-married-in-parisWhat could more romantic than getting married in Paris? Handsome Properties International has a number of luxury international real estate properties that would make a perfect location for your destination wedding! From the beaches of Normandy to the lavender fields of Provence, we are here to help you find the perfect property for your perfect day.

If you are planning on getting married in France, renting one of our luxury apartments in Paris would be a great alternative to the traditional hotel room. Imagine getting ready in a chic apartment in the 7th with your bridesmaids, sunlight flooding in through the French windows. By choosing to rent your own place, you will have all of the comforts and space of home. Also, a Parisian apartment could double

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