DOS & DON’TS
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