Interesting article recently published at Luxury Home Marketing. Interesting to see what is happening with other real estate markets worldwide. High French real estate taxes are forcing French residents to flee to avoid high taxes. The article is entitled Tax-fleeing French Create Home Buying Opportunities and was published on November 27, 2012 on the Luxury Home Marketing website.
Tax-fleeing French Create Home Buying Opportunities
“Au revoir ” is what many wealthy French property owners are saying to France as they flee to avoid the government’s proposed 2013 revenue squeeze on the wealthy. With a possible 75% tax rate on salaries above $1.3 million, plus increases on capital gains, many affluent are selling their French residences and moving to tax friendlier locales. Others are poised to sell if the tax hikes take effect as expected. As a result, inventory in the high-end of France’s housing market is increasing. For buyers who are not primary residents of France, this is a boom. They won’t be subject to the punishing taxes, have more residences to choose from, and growing inventory levels may cause prices to soften. If you have affluent clients who dream of a French chateau or an apartment overlooking the roofops of Paris, now may be the time to suggest they shop for a second home in France. Can you say “bargain price” in French? Try “prix d’occasion.”
To take a look at what France has to offer by checking out this Paris blog. You can also read more about the tax-fleeing French in this NY Times article.
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