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Expat petition against new Dutch tax break laws reaches twenty thousand signatures

Expat petition against new Dutch tax break laws reaches twenty thousand signatures
An online petition by angry expat professionals against the retroactive nature of the new Dutch 30 percent tax break law has now gained almost 20,000 signatures. Furious expat professionals in the Netherlands have now started two new Facebook groups and launched a fund-raising campaign aimed at fighting the Dutch government’s decision...

Tips on renovating your chosen French property

Tips on renovating your chosen French property
If the temptation of restoring a potentially charming, historic French ruin is too much to resist, here’s how to go about it legally. House hunting in France is fraught with pitfalls, with one of the biggest the temptation to buy and renovate a home that’s definitely seen better days some time in the last century! It’s been done...

British expats warned to avoid cowboy builders in France

British expats warned to avoid cowboy builders in France
As in the rest of the expat world, newcomers to France as well as established expats needing home improvements are being regularly stitched up by cowboy builders. Few expats, wherever in the world they’ve settled, manage to avoid at least one confrontation with a dodgy builder, often hailing from their own country of origin. Substandard...

How to plan your relocation to France

How to plan your relocation to France
Moving from your country of birth to any overseas location is a stressful experience, no matter how keen you are to get there and get started. Whilst France isn’t the other side of the planet, it’s still a foreign country with a foreign language, a foreign culture and a totally foreign outlook on life as it’s lived. Even the weather...

Netherlands buy to let mortgages make apartments a good expat investment

Netherlands buy to let mortgages make apartments a good expat investment
Expats in the Netherlands wanting to enter the buy-to-let market via a mortgage are making a good investment decision. The continuing popularity of the Netherlands as a tourism and expat destination as well as its position as a haven for British companies fleeing Brexit means property investment is a good deal at the present moment. For...

How to avoid pitfalls when buying a Singapore property

How to avoid pitfalls when buying a Singapore property
As a top world destination for expat professionals, it’s no surprise many relocating career-minded expatriates are looking to stay in Singapore long-term. If you’re planning a long-term stay in this fascinating city-state, buying a home makes more sense than taking on endless rounds of rental charge increases. However, buying a...

Living like a local on expat assignment in Singapore

Living like a local on expat assignment in Singapore
As Singapore attracts ever more expat professionals to its clean, orderly ambience and vibrant economy, many are adjusting happily to their new lives without being forced to spend all their salaries. On the face of it, new expat arrivals from other first world countries may have a hard time coming to terms with the high cost of living in...

Brexit boom hits Dordogne real estate agencies

Brexit boom hits Dordogne real estate agencies
If you’re determined to emigrate to France but you’re as yet uncertain exactly where, Eymet might be the perfect choice. The peaceful southwestern corner of France is already a magnet for Brits desperate for a better quality of life, with the charming small Dordogne town of Eymet home to a sizeable expatriate community. Real estate...

Expat relocations from UAE made easy

Expat relocations from UAE made easy
If you’re in the UAE on relocation, there’ll probably come a time when you need to cut your ties and leave, either returning to your home country or heading to another job elsewhere in the world. The do-do list associated with leaving the UAE isn’t quite as daunting as the one you made prior to your arrival in the emirates, but...

Cyprus still a retirement haven despite fall in sterling

Cyprus still a retirement haven despite fall in sterling
The Mediterranean island of Cyprus has long been a favourite with British expats, especially those looking for a sunny retirement haven with a reasonable cost of living and certain tax advantages. Even now, buying a home in Cyprus is still far cheaper than a comparable property in the UK, but the tax issue has become slightly more...