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From the Forum to Filming and France

4th annual North American Expat Financial Forum - Paris, France

This afternoon, well over 120 participants will line up to sign in and take a seat at our 4th annual North American Expat Financial Forum. It’s a four-hour event featuring six speakers, all on the subject of finance, investment and property, co-hosted by Dunhill Financial and the Adrian Leeds Group, and sponsored by Moneycorp Moneycorp Exchange Experts, making it absolutely free for attendees.

This year’s registration is double what it was in previous years, so it seems that the topic has grown in interest and importance. I am not surprised…as legislation that has adversely affected expatriates has become more and more acute, as property prices have risen (particularly in Paris), as world politics have questioned our future (Brexit, Trump-brand thinking, etc.), it’s no wonder people want answers. Our experts will provide a lot of them, as we’ll be talking about FATCA regulations, financial and estate planning, residency-based taxation, recent changes in French and American tax codes, how to get financing for a property purchase, cost effective and efficient ways of exchanging currencies and I’ll be walking them through the process of purchasing French property and how much one can expect to invest.

Tomorrow in the French Property Insider Nouvellettre®, I’ll provide a complete report, but that’s not where you’ll get the answers. (If you are not subscribed, you can do so by visiting If you can’t participate in these occasional events, you can always get answers from the professionals during individual consultations with them. We’d be happy to assits you setting that up.

While we’ve been gearing up for the Forum, I’ve also been preparing for the taping of another House Hunters International episode. This is our 38th! We’ll be busy at the Forum while the crew is taping in a couple of the apartments without me, taking what is called “POV’s” or “Point of View” shots. These kinds of shots determine how the audience experiences the house tours in the same way as the “contributors” who move from room to room — the camera duplicates what they see so you feel as if you’re the person experiencing what they are. We don’t need to be in those shots…in fact, they prefer that we’re nowhere near them so they can film quickly and easily.

Setting up this episode has been a scheduling nightmare for the producer as everyone has special requests, like I did asking them to exclude me from the September 18th taping entirely. The contributors had their own set of special requests, while the producer needs to keep the crew busy every minute of every day for which they were hired. The taping days are long — about 11 to 12 hours. Even after that, when the “talent” goes home (the contributors and me!), the videographer and the sound engineer have to put the day’s materials to bed, the “fixer” has to arrange the schedule for the next day and the producer has to stay tuned in to make sure it’s all on course.


Villefranche-sur-MerMediterranean Life – Villefranche-sur-Mer

Journées du Patrimoine 2019 - France

My heavy lifting has to do with helping find and arrange for visiting the comparable properties. It is our good fortune to have access to so many beautiful apartments, most of which are our clients’ and were designed and decorated by Martine di Mattéo. Once that is done and all the location release forms are signed and in, I can think about my wardrobe. You might not think that’s important, but it is…very! There are restrictions about what we can wear (no visible logos, for example, or patterns that make the camera go nuts) and suggestions on what looks best on camera. I also have a particular style I like to maintain, and that means having something different for every episode.

For those who are interested, my favorite clothing for the shows, and for everyday wear, is “Desigual.” It’s a line from Barcelona “notable for its trendy patchwork designs, intense prints, graffiti art, asymmetrical designs (hence the name) and flamboyant splashes of color.” (Source: Founded by a Swiss businessman on the island of Ibiza (where I recently spent a week during the summer), it sells men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, accessories and women’s shoes. I definitely help contribute to its extraordinary growth since 2002, since I can’t pass a Desigual store without going in and do a lot of shopping online, too.

In a couple weeks time I’ll be taping my first episode for Mediterranean Life down in Nice, for which I’ve been asked to have five different wardrobes! That would normally be quite a challenge, but thanks to Desigual, it’s “du gâteau” (a piece of cake).

If you’re in France this weekend, don’t forget to plan for the Journées du Patrimoine, September 21st and 22nd. European Heritage Days involves not only France, but now all 50 signatory states of the European Cultural Convention under the motto, Europe: “a common heritage.” This is your opportunity to visit buildings, monuments and sites, many of which are not normally accessible to the public. Begun here in France in 1984 (doesn’t France start just about every popular public festival?), the French Minister of Culture proposed that the project be internationalized under the Council of Europe. Learn more about it here and check out the program to see what you want to visit. (The website might make you nuts trying to find the venues, so take advantage of their press listing in a pdf document.)

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds - Paris, France Showing Off Desigual

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P.S. After a summer of writing about Nice, did you know…friends of Parler Paris, Parler Nice and French Property Insider are welcome to stay in Le Matisse — at least when I’m not there. It’s warmer in winter and cooler in summer! Contact us to secure your stay! [email protected]


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