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HOW TO BUY A HOME IN FRANCE

This is a brief guide to purchasing a home in France, which is generally a shorter process than in the UK, with less room for price changes, gazumping etc.

These notes aren’t meant to be comprehensive or precise; they are intended as a general introduction, which will help you research further. Please note that you must do your own research.

The key official in the buying process is the “Notaire”. (got to www.frenchnotaire.com for a directory) They are NOT like UK Solicitors. They are employed by the Government and can represent both parties, seller and buyer, although you can both use different Notaires. (Fees are then shared)

If you make a serious offer on a property, verbal or written, and the seller accepts it, then a contract exists. Sometimes this is formalised with an “Offre D’Achat”. Best advice is not to sign anything unless with the assistance of Notaire. A “Compromis de Vente” will more likely be used. This can include conditional clauses, which you may wish to have inserted regarding the property, for example surveys or planning permission.   Surveys are not legally required in the same way as in the UK, but some basic surveys will be made.

There is a 7 day “cooling off” period, which starts a day after you receive a RECORDED letter of confirmation. You can withdraw in the 7 day period for any reason, with no financial loss; after that withdrawal does have financial costs.

You cannot be asked for a deposit when the offer to buy is made. If you sign an “Offre D’Achat” do not give a deposit at that point.  Only hand over deposits at the moment of signing the Sale and Purchase agreement.  Deposits are frequently 10% of the price.

Combined agency and Notaire fees can be up to 10-15%. Notaire fees  alone can be 6-8% and will include fees and taxes. Fees are on a sliding scale depending upon the property prices. It can take 3-4 months for the Notaire to process the purchase; then buyer and seller meet with the Notaire to sign the “Acte De Vent”. After, itsyour place!!
So, you can start by getting in touch with us on 0033553310345 (from the UK) or rgutsell2@yahoo.com. Then arrange a view. Decide whether you want to find another Notaire, or use ours, and agree a price. Once that's agreed, the Notaire takes over

Good sites to learn about the process are;

www.expats.org.uk

www.french-property.com

www.frenchentree.com

www.anglofrenchlaw.co.uk

www.buyahouseinfrance.info

Please note that these sites may also be selling properties or services, and we are not in any way related to them, or paid by them; we have just checked out their site content for you.