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by NigelS
Fri 10 Nov 2017 12:15
Forum: Anything about Anything
Topic: Problems with hunting?
Replies: 31
Views: 5577

It"s not just the danger of walking that worries us. We would like to live as much as possible in the country, possibly in an isolated house. The thought of being woken up by gun shots with hunters walking and shooting on your land does not appeal to us in the least. The problem is to gauge how much...
by NigelS
Fri 10 Nov 2017 09:56
Forum: Anything about Anything
Topic: Problems with hunting?
Replies: 31
Views: 5577

Here is quote from a blog about life in France. This particular thread is about hunting: Well its come round again quicker than ever...waking up to gunshots, having to go out with the dogs as they are terrified...Today was such a lovely day I went for a bike ride whilst the Sunday dinner was cooking...
by NigelS
Thu 09 Nov 2017 23:29
Forum: Anything about Anything
Topic: Problems with hunting?
Replies: 31
Views: 5577

yes, that might be true but it could be because the French know better than to venture out in hunting season :(
by NigelS
Thu 09 Nov 2017 21:21
Forum: Anything about Anything
Topic: Problems with hunting?
Replies: 31
Views: 5577

Problems with hunting?

Today we met with a very nice couple who have been living in the Pyrenees for 11 years to chat about the pros and cons of moving here. They warned us about the hunters and said they make walking in the countryside dangerous and even have rights to hunt on your land. Alarmed, we made an internet sear...
by NigelS
Sun 05 Nov 2017 20:39
Forum: Anything about Anything
Topic: Warn me about the downside of moving to France
Replies: 55
Views: 10271

Hi everyone, so much good information - I thank you all VERY much!! Basically, the address Alan gave us has hit the jackpot - for 100 Euros we can get a rough tax calculatiion and when we move these people can help us register the business and do all sorts of wonderful things for us. Their fees seem...
by NigelS
Thu 02 Nov 2017 11:05
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: Total taxes
Replies: 10
Views: 2614

Pension

Thanks Martyn. On the social security/state pension side, how many years do you need to contribute to it to get something (meaningful) out?
by NigelS
Wed 01 Nov 2017 12:37
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: Total taxes
Replies: 10
Views: 2614

Total taxes

we are exploring working self-employed in France and a friend has told us that to have 20K euros per year for living expenses after all taxes (income/local/national/housing/health) we would need to earn 50K euros per year. To be left with 35K euros after tax we would need to earn 110K euros per year...
by NigelS
Wed 27 Sep 2017 10:06
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: Searching for a property
Replies: 13
Views: 3215

Thanks

Thanks Richard - that's a good recommendation.
by NigelS
Mon 25 Sep 2017 14:12
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: Searching for a property
Replies: 13
Views: 3215

Thanks

Thanks Martyn and Gus. We will go with your advice and keep our fingers crossed.
by NigelS
Mon 25 Sep 2017 10:33
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: Searching for a property
Replies: 13
Views: 3215

Searching for a property

Hi, We are looking for an isolated property in the PO. What are the best websites to search on and what search terms are equivalent to the "no near neighbours" that we've used in the UK? Thanks in advance.
by NigelS
Sat 10 Jun 2017 11:51
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: How buoyant is the French house market?
Replies: 15
Views: 5366

Thanks Martyn

Point taken on the Widnes / Cleethorpes perspective.
by NigelS
Fri 09 Jun 2017 17:09
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: How buoyant is the French house market?
Replies: 15
Views: 5366

Thanks Martyn

Thanks Martyn. Mmm from what I can see, house prices rose well until 2007 and then have slowly drifted down ever since. The equivalent UK chart would look very different.
by NigelS
Fri 09 Jun 2017 16:11
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: How buoyant is the French house market?
Replies: 15
Views: 5366

Thanks Geoman

Thanks Geoman for your opinion. Do you have a sense of what house prices in the Ariege have done over, say, the last ten years?
by NigelS
Fri 09 Jun 2017 15:41
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: How buoyant is the French house market?
Replies: 15
Views: 5366

Thanks Fiona

Thanks for your view, Fiona. Thanks also for the advice about planning early on the currency side - I had no idea about that!
by NigelS
Fri 09 Jun 2017 11:19
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: How buoyant is the French house market?
Replies: 15
Views: 5366

How buoyant is the French house market?

Hello, We are thinking of buying a gite in the Ariege but have been warned by our IFA that: "Brits buying property in France has ended in tears for many. They simply can't resell and get stuck with them or have to lose a lot of money on them. It's a totally different market vs UK." What is your expe...
by NigelS
Wed 19 Oct 2016 20:23
Forum: Health
Topic: Access to French health system for non-EU nationals
Replies: 12
Views: 3868

Thanks Ariegeoise - hope you get to where you should be on time.

In assessing the income for PUMA payments, is it only through one's personal earnings or does one's partner's earnings get included too?
Best regards,
Nigel
by NigelS
Wed 19 Oct 2016 14:25
Forum: Health
Topic: Access to French health system for non-EU nationals
Replies: 12
Views: 3868

thanks

Great, thanks very much Kate.
by NigelS
Tue 18 Oct 2016 14:19
Forum: Health
Topic: Access to French health system for non-EU nationals
Replies: 12
Views: 3868

Income assessment for PUMA

Hi Ariegeoise,
I hope I'm not inconveniencing you will another follow-on question.
In assessing the income for PUMA payments, is it only through one's personal earnings or does one's partner's earnings get included too?
Best regards,
Nigel
by NigelS
Sun 16 Oct 2016 22:50
Forum: Health
Topic: Access to French health system for non-EU nationals
Replies: 12
Views: 3868

Thanks very much for your answer Ariegeoise.
Nigel
by NigelS
Sun 16 Oct 2016 20:40
Forum: Health
Topic: Access to French health system for non-EU nationals
Replies: 12
Views: 3868

Topping up health insurance

Hi Ariegeoise,
May I also ask, if PUMA is a baseline scheme, can people top up to a medium level of health insurance cover and, if so, roughly how much does this cost for a man in his sixties?
Many thanks for what you have told me so far.
Nigel
by NigelS
Fri 14 Oct 2016 11:34
Forum: Health
Topic: Access to French health system for non-EU nationals
Replies: 12
Views: 3868

Thank you

Thank you so much for that helpful and concise answer.
by NigelS
Wed 12 Oct 2016 18:12
Forum: Health
Topic: Access to French health system for non-EU nationals
Replies: 12
Views: 3868

Access to French health system for non-EU nationals

Hi,

Now that Brexit is underway, my wife (German) and I (English) need to know whether I could access the French health system through her if we moved to France. How does it currently work for mixed (EU & non-EU) married couples?
Thanks in advance.
by NigelS
Wed 12 Aug 2015 17:11
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: Holiday Letting
Replies: 3
Views: 2194

Thanks

Thanks Rose. Have checked www.abritel.fr out and they cover the Ariege. What about the bookings / cleaning / check-ins-outs / gardening - any recommendations there of companies or how to find one?
by NigelS
Wed 12 Aug 2015 14:43
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: Holiday Letting
Replies: 3
Views: 2194

Holiday Letting

We are thinking of gradually moving to France by buying a house in the Ariege (probably), living there just through the winter months and doing holiday lets for the remainder of the year. Do you have any tips on doing the lettings business profitably? Are there any holiday letting agencies you would...
by NigelS
Sun 09 Aug 2015 21:13
Forum: Weather Information
Topic: How bad are the winds?
Replies: 21
Views: 8666

Thanks Ariègeoise

Hi Ariègeoise, Many thanks for this. For the Ariege scenario we were thinking of Les Couserans but would very much appreciate your sense of the rules of where to buy in the Ariege as a whole.
Please feel free to PM me if you think the general readers here won't be interested.
by NigelS
Sun 09 Aug 2015 20:44
Forum: Places to visit/Info about the area
Topic: Broadband / phone for isolated properties
Replies: 8
Views: 3294

Thanks

Thanks Martyn94 - good point about mobile coverage. We want to use Skype heavily so the latency with satellite means it's a non-starter.
by NigelS
Sun 09 Aug 2015 10:59
Forum: Places to visit/Info about the area
Topic: Broadband / phone for isolated properties
Replies: 8
Views: 3294

no close neighbours

Hi Maryn94, Ideally, we would like a place with neighbours about 1 kilometre away - does that sound doable to you with the broadband requirement?
by NigelS
Sun 09 Aug 2015 09:01
Forum: Weather Information
Topic: How bad are the winds?
Replies: 21
Views: 8666

66?

Thanks Sue. a small point but where is 66?
by NigelS
Fri 07 Aug 2015 15:52
Forum: Weather Information
Topic: How bad are the winds?
Replies: 21
Views: 8666

Hi Gus

[quote="Gus Morris"]All depends where you want to live in the PO. Conditions vary enormously. Some places are sheltered from the Tram. Others are very exposed. Inland on the littoral differs from the coast. Cerdagne/Capcir is a totally different ballgame. Gus[/quote] Hi Gus, which of these places ar...
by NigelS
Fri 07 Aug 2015 15:43
Forum: Weather Information
Topic: How bad are the winds?
Replies: 21
Views: 8666

Thanks

Thanks Pearsom - have now started a log for good/bad wind places. Are there any general rules in your experience?