French pay too much for their brokers in an opaque market

Personally, I have been calling it out for years, but now the French competition authority, also known as Autorité de la Concurrence, has also expressed concern about high and opaque commissions in the buying and selling of real estate. They call for stricter supervision of professionals in the sector. According to the Autorité de la … Read more

French purchase offer – Offre d’achat

Promise of purchase – Offre d’achat If you want to sell your house in France and you find buyers who say they are interested, you logically start with negotiations. At some point the price will be agreed upon and an appointment has to be made for signing a compromis de vente (preliminary deed). By the … Read more

Do you want to pay or get paid in France? LUMON offers an excellent exchange rate.

If you are visiting Immogo, you are obviously planning to buy or sell a property in France. Good for you! No matter wether you are selling or buying, you (or your buyer) will need to transfer money to or from France. That means changing £pounds£ to €euros€. Now of course you could just use your … Read more

Setting up shop in France – electricity, gas, internet, mobile, broadband, banking and insurance…

Moving to France is great fun, but also somewhat of a hassle. Especially when it comes to organizing all the subscriptions. Which provider offers the best services when it comes to broadband internet? What is the mobile coverage of the different telephone companies in your area?  How can you get a cheap subscription for electricity … Read more

Paroles 5 EN – Jacques Brel with ‘Ne me quitte pas’

Oh dear, poor old Jacques. A genius, passed away far too young, who wrote and performed his chansons struggling with life, drink and being Belgian. In the video accompanying this podcast he performs the deeply tragic chanson ‘Ne me quitte pas’ in his typical intense way, while the camera ruthlessly captures his desperation, moving in … Read more

Paroles 2: ‘Sur ma vie’ by Charles Aznavour (learn French words with a song)

Before listening to the podcast above, please play the video below, while reading the lyrics in French and English underneath it. Let it play a couple of times and listen carefully to his pronunciation of the individual words. Once you know the song and its meaning, my commentary will be much more interesting. In the … Read more