Hi everyone - a brief introduction and a couple fo questions.
I am half of a couple in our late fifties and like many others are considering a move to France for all the normal reasons. Unlike many others,I have done this before, in 1990 moved to France with three young children, bought a farm, restored the outbuildings, and rented out three sizeable gites. Was a pretty nice lifestyle until divorce forced it's sale in 2002. Since then have lived in Portugal and for the last five years, back in the corporate rat race in the UK.
It seems that a few things have changed in the time I have been away, although I see that Micro Enterprise is still one of the vehicles we could use to get on the health care ladder, still have an old Carte Vitale hanging around somewhere.
This time around we would be early retirees, so still need a small business to get on to the French system. We are thinking of a small property with a ready made gite, don't really want to do the large complex thing again. The gite would give a little top up to our meagre pensions, and allow us to get on the system. The AE system looks interesting for this sort of venture, some more reading to do.
Looking towards the south west at the moment and are driving over for a stooge around in the coming weeks. My previous gite business was in the Centre 37.
Would be very interested in your insights if any of you are prepared to share them with us. Is becoming an AE for the sole pupose of getting on to the health system a reasonable strategy. Any other major pitfalls we should be aware of.
Thanks for your patience in getting to the end. Bob