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How about retiring to Carcassonne?

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How about retiring to Carcassonne?

We visited Carcassonne years ago and are just starting to plan a retirement overseas? How about some advise about the area?

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1. Re: How about retiring to Carcassonne?

what are you going to do about a visa? Lots of hoops to jump through if you want to consider long-term residency here.

You'll find far more relevant information at www.angloinfo.com , www.expatica.com , and www.connectionfrance.com

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Sunshine is right. Moving to France is a lot more complicated than choosing a place to live.

This is the website of an American woman, who moved her family of 5 to France: www.annieandre.com

And another company that specializes in information for people who want to retire overseas: www.internationalliving.com

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3. Re: How about retiring to Carcassonne?

Worth looking here for info about living in France for US citizens : http://www.americansintoulouse.com

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4. Re: How about retiring to Carcassonne?

You have a lot of work ahead of you if you don't hold EU citizenship. Visiting a French town years ago is a weak start, though I realize you have to start somewhere. Personally, I'd start by going back to the area, many times, and especially in the dead of winter. Carcassonne would be an unthinkable retirement option for me, though it might be perfect for you. There are innumerable wonderful villages and towns in the area that would suit me far better, but you need to discover them for yourself, in depth, and not just throw a dart at a place you liked a long time ago.

Use the links folks above have provided to get you going, then plan a nice long trip to the area.

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5. Re: How about retiring to Carcassonne?

Here is a AARP article on retiring in France, for what it's worth:

aarp.org/home-garden/livable-communities/inf…

Not quite Carcassonne, a little bit east.

You are wanting to retire out of Naples? We were hoping to retire to Naples :) !

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6. Re: How about retiring to Carcassonne?

How about a test drive. Renting somewhere as long as your tourist visa lasts and do research on possible areas. Being on holiday and living permanently are two very different things.

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7. Re: How about retiring to Carcassonne?

Would it be just as difficult buying property in France and spending part of the year there?

Maybe the OP wants to get out of Florida in the summers.

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8. Re: How about retiring to Carcassonne?

I would agree 100% with post #6.

And if you are retiring on U.S. Dollar income, think LONG and hard about the currency fluctuations.

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9. Re: How about retiring to Carcassonne?

Visas are the main problem for non-Eurpeans.

I think extended trips are the way forward here. A lovely visit to one place lives long in the memory, but it's important to try living in a place at all times of the year, to see how things change. We bought in a small town we'd visited at all times of the year for maybe 20 years. We saw the faults but loved the pluses more.

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10. Re: How about retiring to Carcassonne?

if you have lots of money you can probably get a visa for long term stay -- you do need to buy health insurance and it is VERY expensive for an American old enough to retire to buy as you are required to have something that is the equivalent coverage of the French national health care coverage. You probably want to maintain medicare at home so that is an additional cost.

If you are a resident for more than a few years your wealth is also subject to whatever wealth taxation laws come into place in France.

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