BUYING a home in France need not be a fraught experience as long as you read up in advance.
The purchasing process in France is balanced for both buyer and seller, with a cooling off period also available, below are a number of articles that will help you understand the system, as well as ask questions of the professionals involved.
Finding French estate agents
French estate agents (agent immobilier), just like their British counterparts, are there to bring buyers and sellers of property together.
Dealing with French estate agents
There are a number of steps, phrases and documents involved when buying a house, make sure you keep up with your estate agent when looking at properties.
Role of a notaire
The notaire is an important figure in French society, they see 15 million people every year and draft more than 4 million legal documents.
The Compromis de Vente
Once you are happy with the price for your property then the initial contract, the Compromis de Vente, is drawn up.
Importance of clauses suspensives when buying a property
Conditional clauses, known as clauses suspensives, can be inserted into the property purchase contract.
Septic tank regulations for property sales in France
A report on the condition of a property's septic tank, if it has one, has been necessary before a house sale.
The Acte de Vente
The completion of the sale of a property in France is undertaken by the notaire using an Acte de Vente, or deed of sale.
What to ask of your French lawyer
Independent French property lawyers can help purchasers through the different stages of the transaction, explaining the conveyance procedure and its implications.
Buying a home en viager
One method of buying a property in France is en viager, which sees the purchaser agree to pay a monthly charge whilst the owner lives in the house.
Buying at a property auction
If you buy a property at auction in France not only can the sale process be completed in under a fortnight, but you may pick up a bargain.
Setting up a farm in France
French agricultural life still plays a role in many corners of the country, but despite this many farms are still left to drift into a state of disrepair.
Buying property In France as a disabled person
If you are not as mobile as you once were don't let this put you off. All it needs is more thought, more planning and a checklist of your needs.
Finding a long term rental
Renting a property long-term provides you with a certain security whilst searching for a dream home in France, but finding a place can be tough.
Selling your French property yourself
The first thing to consider is the creation of a website promoting your home, the second is marketing it and getting it in front of plenty of people.
Snapshot of towns in France
Check the population size, age ranges of the people living in French towns, as well as average wage rates plus other details.