A Place in the Sun Corsica
It’s almost everyone’s dream to find a place in the sun Corsica and for many people Corsica is the ideal place to relocate. The French call Corsica ”l’Ile de Beauté” (the island of beauty), and it certainly lives up to its name, with some stunning landscapes and a beautiful coastline.
If you are considering a move to Corsica, it is essential to do your research so that you can avoid any costly issues.
Before you go ahead and make the move, you should make sure that you have:
• Researched your destination, and the local customs and laws
• Obtained independent legal advice
• Researched the tax regulations
• Made plans for your health cover
Once you have taken the decision to relocate to Corsica, you will undoubtedly need to enlist the services of an international moving company to ship your goods overseas and to help manage your move. White & Company can provide a top- quality and efficient removal service to any international destination and as founder members of BAR, FIDI & OMNI; you can rest assured your move will be in safe hands.
White & Company is the proud winner of the 2016 British Association of Removers ‘Overseas Mover of the Year’ Competition, reinforcing the high level of service they provide to all their customers.
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A Place in the Sun Corsica – About Corsica
Corsica is a French island located in the Mediterranean Sea, not far from Italy, Sardinia, Cyprus and Sicily. This region of France is composed of two administrative departments: Corse du Sud and Haute Corse. Since Corsica is a popular destination, property prices are often higher than many other French areas, although not as high as places such as Ile de Ré or Saint-Tropez. Many people are looking to invest in the buy-to-let market, and provided you invest in a property in the right location, you can expect to make a profitable return on your investment.
A Place in the Sun Corsica – Buying a Property in Corsica
Many people initially chose to move to the regional capital of Ajaccio, which lies on the west coast of Corsica. The historic part of the city is charming, it has a picturesque harbour, the old citadels of Quai de la Citadelle and Jettée de la Citadelle, an impressive Renaissance-style cathedral, and a port for and sailing and fishing.
The buying process in Corsica is the same as in mainland France, with both parties using the same notary (notaire) to document the transaction. Surveys are extremely unusual in both France and Corsica, as French banks and building societies don’t require a survey for lending purposes. It is also unusual for a UK bank or building society to lend money using the Corsican property as collateral, so if you need to borrow the money in England, it will probably need to be secured against UK assets. You can currently expect to pay approximately 2190 € per square meter to buy an apartment in the centre of Ajaccio. Outside the centre the prices drop to 1250€.
Here is a couple of real estate agents, which may prove helpful in your search for a property:
A Place in the Sun Corsica – Education and Schools in Corsica
Most parents choose to send their children to one of the many private or international schools in Corsica. Most international schools will follow major European curricula such as the International Baccalaureate (IB). Private schools are often run by religious organisations and may be considered less suitable. The following sites can help you find an appropriate school for your children in Corsica:
Coggia School – http://www.schoolsok.com/france-elementary-school/coggia
Institut d’Études Scientifiques de Cargèse – http://www.iesc.univ-corse.fr
A Place in the Sun Corsica – Travel to Corsica
Figari airport is convenient for Porto-Vecchio and Bonifacio, and is now served with direct Gatwick flights by EasyJet, British Airways and a private Simpson Travel charter. Another commonly used access route to Corsica is via ferries. They sail from France and Italy and take approximately 4 to 6 hours to reach the island. As a general rule, Italian ferries are cheaper and it may be worth going to Livorno or Genoa to take the ferry across to the island.
If your moving overseas, making sure you get the best exchange rate possible is essential to starting your new life on a sound footing. White and Company has an exclusive arrangement with The FX Firm (foreign exchange company). Simply follow the link below to see what additional monies you will receive compared to using your high street bank and to set up a free no obligation account. White and Company/foreign-exchange
Whether you need to arrange monthly payments to service an overseas mortgage, or wish to protect yourself against exchange rate fluctuations and fix the rate for up to a year, we will be able to suggest the most suitable way to do so. Open your free, no obligation account in as long as it takes to stop for a coffee.
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