DOS & DON’TS

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DOS

Do ask to see an es­tate agent’s carte pro­fes­sion­nelle, which they must hold in or­der to work as an es­tate agent in France.

Do check the records of the prop­erty and land be­fore mak­ing an of­fer; be clear about bound­aries, rights of way and ac­cess.

Do take le­gal ad­vice on tax mat­ters and in­her­i­tance law.

Do view the prop­erty on the day of com­ple­tion be­fore sign­ing the acte de vente, which spec­i­fies that the pur­chase is ‘sold as seen’.

Do shop around in ad­vance for the best cur­rency ex­change rate deals.

Do re­mem­ber to open a French bank ac­count and make your mort­gage ap­pli­ca­tion in good time.

Do visit the No­taires de France web­site. It has lots of help­ful in­for­ma­tion in English. no­taires.fr

DON’TS

Don’t be tempted to sign a sales con­tract un­less you are sure; once the cool­ing-off pe­riod is over, it is legally bind­ing and if you pull out you will lose your de­posit.

Don’t for­get that the no­taire will make a charge of 6.5-10% in ad­di­tion to the pur­chase price of the prop­erty (this amount is dif­fer­ent for new­builds). The cheaper the prop­erty, the higher the per­cent­age charged; this amount con­sists of the no­taire’s fixed fees and tax.

Don’t for­get to al­low for the ex­pense of an in­ter­preter be­ing present if your French lan­guage skills are poor; ask your agent or no­taire about this as they may be able to help.

Don’t for­get that sur­veys are not com­mon­place in France but you can still ar­range one.

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