Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Monaco Real Estate Prices Rise as More British Opt for Tax Free Living

Monaco Real Estate Prices Rise as More British Opt for Tax Free Living

Monaco property prices have matched those of London and Manhattan in recent years. Demand is increasing for the tax haven, and an influx of new real estate buyers from the UK is helping to push Monaco property prices higher still.

Monte Carlo, Monaco (PRWEB) November 26, 2006

With no income tax for her residents, Monaco attracted the new rich Russians a decade ago, but now it's the British - using conventional banking methods and with it a degree of respectability - who are investing in Europe's top tax haven.

While the British have been players in the region for nearly two hundred years, with Nice just along the coast being a favorite resort of the genteel Victorian English - in recent years the British have held a presence in Monaco, but now they're back in numbers not seen for over a century.

The new wave of British buyers is welcomed by Monaco real estate agents as their funds are more likely to be legitimately earned, while some of the 90's Russian cash was often a little suspect.

'Things have changed since the 90's when the Russian mafia were the big players in town', explains a Monte Carlo property agency, 'Then it was easy to put a few million cash down for a property and not have questions asked. In the last few years the banks have really tightened up due to government pressure because of the 'war on terror' and tracking money from illegitimate sources. Estate agents in Monaco know that the chances of a British buyer being able to show the source of their money as legitimate is very high'.

With quite ordinary one bedroom apartments at just under a million Euros, and a typical three bedroom apartment at over three million Euros, property prices have more than doubled in Monaco in the last ten years.

In the past Monaco property buyers have often been retired sixty-somethings, staying away from their home country to avoid the taxes that come with selling their business. But today's Monaco buyer is just as likely to be in his mid thirties or forties as they are in their sixties, with the middle age British leading the way.

'A few years ago around one in ten inquiries we were receiving were from the UK', the agency continue, 'but now it's virtually four in ten - a significant shift in the nationality of Monte Carlo property buyers.

The buyers have often made their money from one of three sources. The traditional company owner with a bricks and mortar business who has sold up, but also younger entrepreneurs, some of whom have made money in e-commerce. A significant number of buyers from the UK have worked in the financial sector, invariably in the City of London. We see a lot of futures and commodity brokers who are on high million pound and more salaries with annual bonuses to match.

Some British buyers continue to trade or run their businesses from Monaco. Nice Airport is a ten minute helicopter ride away, and the City of London can be just three hours away from their Monaco property with the right connections. With some clever accounting thrown in, today's technology enables people to manage their UK business from Monaco in a tax free environment'.

Hotel de Paris Monaco

A loca Monaco travel guide http://www. yourmonaco. com (http://www. yourmonaco. com) has also noticed more Brits on the streets of Monte Carlo.

'The British have arrived in Monaco in numbers recently. The ones I have spoken to have recently sold their business or are on very high salaries with million pound and more annual bonuses. I would like to think they are coming here for the Monaco weather, but of course it is for the tax environment we offer - and of course the Monaco Grand Prix.'

In recent years the British economy has consistently been one of the strongest in Europe, and with a top rate of income tax cut a decade ago to forty per cent the wealthy have become wealthier - and want to stay that way.

'Despite the top rate of tax coming down to forty per cent, by the time other direct taxes such as National Insurance are taken into account around half of top earners salaries are - as many of the Monaco property buyers from Britain see it - being lost to the Inland Revenue. By moving to Monaco they effectively double their disposable income.

When you go to hotels in Monaco and see a couple with estate agent details on the table and a map of Monte Carlo with various places highlighted, there's an almost even chance that they will be British. A lot more than just a couple of years ago. They like Monaco, the security, the tax advantages and the closeness to London'.

For details of the Monaco Grand Prix visit http://www. yourmonaco. com/grand_prix (http://www. yourmonaco. com/grand_prix), for hotels in Monaco and Monte Carlo http://www. yourmonaco. com/hotels (http://www. yourmonaco. com/hotels)

To request details of current property for sale in Monaco visit http://www. monacoproperty. net (http://www. monacoproperty. net)

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UNDER THE BLUE International Underwater Photo & Video Competition -- Over $20,000 in Prizes Up for Grabs

UNDER THE BLUE International Underwater Photo & Video Competition -- Over $20,000 in Prizes Up for Grabs

Celebrate the beauty of the world's coeans and reefs. UnderwaterCompetition. com and The 2007 SCUBA Show announce an international underwater photo and video competition for amateurs and hobbyists from around the world.

New York, NY (PRWEB) March 20, 2007

Next in the series of UnderwaterCompetition. com underwater photo & video competitions, and on the heels of the popular Our World Underwater & DEEP Indonesia competitions, popular underwater imagery websites Wetpixel and DivePhotoGuide have teamed up with the 2007 SCUBA Show to develop a competition for amateurs and hobbyists entitled "UNDER THE BLUE". Winners will be announced online and exhibited at the 2007 SCUBA Show in Long Beach, California, June 2nd - 3rd.

The deadline for submitting images is May 12, 2007.

Photographers will compete in four still image categories, including a category for images that focus on California's unique and beautiful underwater environment, and one video category. Winners will share in more than $20,000 in prizes, including premium dive travel, and underwater photo & video equipment. Travel prizes include trips to some of the top photo destinations in the world including Fiji, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, South Africa and Australia.

15% of entry proceeds will be donated to marine conservation efforts.

2007 CATEGORIES

1. Majesty of the Oceans

2. The Macro World

3. Man & the Sea

4. California Underwater

5. Video

For more infomartion visit the official competition website at UnderwaterCompetition. com (http://www. UnderwaterCompetition. com).

About UnderwaterCompetition. com:

UnderwaterCompetition. com hosts a series of underwater photography and video competitions and events for photographers and videographers of all levels from novice to professional. Most of the competitions are in association with dive shows in large cities worldwide. The website is run by Jason Heller of DivePhotoGuide and Eric Cheng of Wetpixel. com.

About SCUBA Show:

Now in its 20th year, the SCUBA Show is a consumer dive expo held in California, the largest diving market in the US.

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