Errrm, Dej, what IS "the difference between an apéro and an apéro dinatoire" 'cos I don't know .... ?
New bloke arrives in small Australian town and is very pleasantly surprised when his nearest neighbour comes over and invites him to drinks at his place that night.Dear Hils, of course, I understand that you don't get invited to these events very often. I omitted to say that it is usual to take off all your clothes before you are handed the first drink.
That's fine, Parsnips, except that deeply entrenched in my Brit upbringing is that "rent is lost money", ie only making the owner rich, and one needs something to leave to the next generation (other than debts), which you can't do if you use up your capital and what poxy little income you may have by paying rent.Hi,
The best piece of advice I was given before coming to France (21 years ago) was to think about renting , rather than buying, a house. I did that and have rented from the same excellent landlord ever since , and saved thousands, which I didn't have to spend on "renovating," and repairs etc.
If you want to fit in quickly, you could talk positively about our cheese and wine. It's a winner!As we plan our move I'm thinking about how to make it as smooth as possible (which won't happen, je sais bien)
So put your thinking cap on, what would be the best piece of advice you would share with a newbie?
I didn't say it was a valid argument, just that it was a deeply entrenched argument.Hi,
The "rent is lost money " argument doesn't hold water. If you have enough cash to buy -and most brits come with house sale proceeds- and rent , then you still have a good amount of capital.
If you invest it sensibly, you will make enough to pay the rent and make a profit. If you have to eat up the capital to live, then you would have been worse off if you bought , as you wouldn't have the capital to live off.
If you find you cannot survive in France (no job, business fails etc.) you are easily able to leave a rented home to return to the UK, and not be shackled , like so many ,to an unsaleable french house.