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Top tips & advice for French property buyers

The team at Euro Immobilier Chalais / Town Country Property France have a wealth of experience when dealing with international clients’ French property purchases. Our knowledge and customer service are second to none, so let us help you through each stage of the buying process :

PREPARING YOUR SEARCH

Once you have made the decision to buy a property for sale in France you will need to ask yourself a number of questions before you start house hunting on earnest.

Why you want to buy a property in France?

Some of the main reasons to buy a French property:

  • full time residence as a family
  • full time residence for your retirement
  • holiday home
  • investment

Your requirements for a full time residence will generally be different from those for a holiday home. For example you may need ; schools for families, all year round shops, medical centers and hospitals, good internet connections, access to airports and cities. Your choice of French property will normally be of better standard with central heating, double glazing etc

When choosing a holiday homein France, you will probably already know the area you want to buy in. Think about whether you will use the property just for family & friends or if you’d like to actively market the property as a holiday rental in France. Good transport links, holiday activities as well as bars & restaurants may need to be included in your search criteria.

How are you buying a French property?

Are you cash buyers? Using a pension release scheme? Or need a mortgage?

It is important to establish what your budget is – do not forget to include the Notaires fees, house insurance and removal costs into the equation.

When do you want to buy in France?

If you are a family with school age children, then moving to France should ideally coincide with the start of the academic year which is usually early September.

For those looking to buy a gite or income generating property then you should be looking to buy in the low season to allow you time to be ready for the high season:

 

View & Make offer

Buy

High Season

Gite

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Ski

Summer

Autumn

Winter

Where do you want buy a French property?

Which part of France is going to suit you best?

France is a big country with stunning countryside, beautiful seaside beaches, majestic alpine areas, romantic cities and varying climates to match – so there’s something for everybody.

Consider what is important to you and how far are you willing to travel to :

  • Shops, bars, restaurants – walking distance, 5 mins drive or more?
  • Golf, skiing, sailing, horse-riding etc. How far are you willing to go and enjoy your pastime?
  • Access to transport links ?

Can you afford to buy in the region you choose? Prices vary hugely across France so check out how the different regions compare with each other and with your budget.

Let our local agents guide you - they live and work in the area and would love to share their knowledge to help you find the right place for you..

MAKE A WISH LIST

Get everybody involved in choosing your property in France, be honest with each other and don’t be afraid of listing the “must haves” and probably more important the “must have nots”!

An ideal wish list includes:

  • Full time residence or holiday home
  • Style of property – old/character, modern, single storey, farmhouse, Maison de Maître, town house, bungalow, chateau etc
  • Geographical location - anywhere in France or in a particular region/department/area?
  • Immediate environment - countryside, hamlet, village, town, city......
  • How many bedrooms do you want? And how many do you really need?
  • How much land?
  • Do you want a gite, swimming pool?
  • Do you have a hobby that needs space? Eg artist studio, garages for car collection, study for work etc
  • Do you want to do any work on the property? - full, some or no renovation, redecoration only ?
  • Budget (the prices shown on our website include agency fees. You will have to budget extra for Notaire’s fees of about 7-8%) Should you wish to consider a mortgage, please enquire here.

Which of these are flexible?

Please send us your wish list and LET US HELP you with your French property search.

YOUR VIEWING TRIP

Once you have selected your chosen area, defined your criteria and your budget you can now start on the fun part – finding you dream property in France!

Your agent lives locally to the property and will accompany you on the viewing. They will be able to answer any questions you have share their local knowledge with you.

When viewing please be honest with your agent – if you don’t like the property tell the agent and you can move onto the next property. Most vendors (if they are present at the viewing) appreciate feedback both good and bad!

MAKING AN OFFER

Having your finances in place before making an offer can put you in a stronger negotiating position.

Each vendor has their reason for selling and their positions do vary from being fixed price to very negotiable. Your agent will know the vendor, so check with them to see what may be acceptable.

Once the negotiation has been successfully concluded, you will be asked to supply the personal information that is required to draw up the Compromis de Vente (the initial sales contract).

COMMITTING TO YOUR PURCHASE

The Compromis de Vente establishes the terms and conditions of the sale. It is prepared by the Notaire with the assistance of our Head Office sales processing team. This contract is legally binding subject to certain suspensive conditions. The Compromis de Vente will be drawn up in French, so our Head Office sales processing team will go through it in detail with you in English if you wish.

Purchase costs

The advertised prices on this website include the estate agency fees where marked €HAI. You should budget for the additional cost of the Notaire’s fees and taxes, usually around 7-8% of the purchase price of the property.

Cooling-off period for buyers

After all parties have signed the Compromis de Vente, the non-professional buyer of residential property will have the benefit of a 10-day cooling-off period during which you have the right to withdraw from your commitment to purchase. It is delivered by the Notaire by registered post or electronic method.  During this period the buyer can withdraw from the purchase without penalty. The vendors do not benefit from a cooling-off period.

Paying the deposit

The deposit, normally 10% of the purchase price, must be transferred to the Notaire’s account by bank transfer before the end of the ten-day cooling off period. This can come from either your own bank or via currency brokers* who can often offer preferential exchange rates – enquire here.

After the compromis is signed the Notaire will proceed with the usual title and planning searches, and the obtaining of documentation, in order to have everything ready for the target completion date.

An obligatory waiting period applies to certain administrative paperwork, particularly where the property includes land. Therefore the sooner the Compromis de Vente is signed, the better, if the target completion date is to be achieved. Normally it takes about three months from the signing of the Compromis de Vente to completion.

*You should be vigilant when selecting financial services firms. If you’re using a UK firm we recommend you check they are authorised by the FCA (UK Financial Conduct Authority). Additional checks are also recommended.

COMPLETION AND MOVING IN

This normally takes place in about three to four months' time, and will consist of a formal signing ceremony in the offices of the Notaire, in the presence of both buyer and seller. The exact date and time will be fixed as soon as all paperwork is received by the Notaire. 

It is always preferable to sign in person, and to personally inspect the property before you do so. If you live very far away, or are genuinely unable to attend the final completion signature for any other reason, it may be possible to arrange a signature by power of attorney, provided you are not taking out a “hypothèque” type loan.

Before completion you should transfer the balance of funds into the Notaire’s bank account in good time. You will also need to arrange an insurance policy for the property effective from the day of signature of the final deed of sale.

Please note that if the Notaire has not received all the necessary paperwork and balance of funds in time for the planned signature date, then completion will be delayed. It is therefore important to keep any transport or removal arrangements as flexible as possible until the sale is actually completed.

You will receive the keys to your new property immediately after the signature of the final deed.

You can move in or start work immediately after final completion, but not before.

 


Thank you for placing your trust in us. We wish you every happiness in your new French property!

The team at Euro Immobilier Chalais / Town Country Property France are all bilingual, fully trained and registered. We have between us a long and diverse collective experience in the French property market.

We look forward to helping you through every stage of the buying process:

  • from your initial enquiry 
  • through accompanying you to the French property you have chosen to view
  • answering your questions 
  • negotiating with vendors 
  • all the way through to the signature of the final deed at the Notaires office 

 

Contact us at :

 7 avenue de la Gare, 16210 CHALAIS France

 Téléphone : +33 (0)5 45 98 00 98

 E-mail : contact@euro-immo.com

Charente

2 Bedroom Village House

Land: 340m²

175,000€ HAI

Deux-Sèvres

3 Bedroom Country house

Land: 439m²

170,000€ HAI

Dordogne

4 Bedroom Village House

Land: 697m²

85,000€ HAI

Charente

2 Bedroom House

Land: 1,000m²

243,800€ HAI

Aude

4 Bedroom House

Land: 1,415m²

499,000€ HAI

Deux-Sèvres

5 Bedroom Village House

Land: 14,414m²

150,000€ HAI

Dordogne

4 Bedroom Village House

Land: 2,527m²

141,500€ HAI

Dordogne

2 Bedroom House with Gite(s)

Land: 1,300m²

150,000€ HAI

Charente

8 Bedroom Manor house

Land: 69,865m²

593,600€ HAI

Charente

3 Bedroom House

Land: 11,613m²

170,000€ HAI

Charente

3 Bedroom Village House

Land: 1,811m²

140,000€ HAI

Ariège

Manor house

Land: 6,000m²

850,000€ HAI

Dordogne

2 Bedroom Country house

Land: 7,670m²

190,800€ HAI

Charente

3 Bedroom Country house

Land: 2,765m²

318,000€ HAI

Aude

Barn

Land: 1,610m²

65,000€ HAI

Charente

4 Bedroom Country house

Land: 2,636m²

291,500€ HAI

Dordogne

6 Bedroom Maison de Maître with Gite(s)

Land: 1,260m²

411,000€ HAI

Aude

4 Bedroom Village House

125,000€ HAI

Aude

4 Bedroom Farm

Land: 89,188m²

395,000€ HAI

Charente

3 Bedroom House over basement

Land: 675m²

130,000€ HAI

Dordogne

4 Bedroom House

Land: 917m²

95,000€ HAI

Charente

3 Bedroom Country house

Land: 1,349m²

196,100€ HAI

Charente

5 Bedroom Country house

Land: 7,606m²

490,000€ HAI

Aude

6 Bedroom Country house

Land: 697,807m²

895,000€ HAI

Aude

4 Bedroom House

Land: 1,582m²

285,000€ HAI

Haute-Garonne

5 Bedroom House

Land: 12,805m²

690,000€ HAI

Deux-Sèvres

10 Bedroom Country house with Gite(s)

Land: 6,898m²

333,900€ HAI

Vienne

4 Bedroom Water Mill with Gite(s)

Land: 4,363m²

489,000€ HAI

Ariège

8 Bedroom Country house with Gite(s)

Land: 38,018m²

795,000€ HAI

Charente

2 Bedroom Bungalow

Land: 5,248m²

130,000€ HAI

Aude

3 Bedroom House

Land: 1,764m²

330,000€ HAI

Aude

4 Bedroom House with Gite(s)

Land: 937m²

229,000€ HAI

Charente

2 Bedroom Single storey property

Land: 626m²

95,000€ HAI

Charente-Maritime

4 Bedroom House

Land: 1,859m²

318,000€ HAI

Dordogne

4 Bedroom Town House

Land: 335m²

254,400€ HAI

Charente

Barn

28,000€ HAI

Vienne

5 Bedroom Maison de Maître

Land: 3,997m²

348,999€ HAI

Charente

3 Bedroom Country house

Land: 1,705m²

296,800€ HAI

Haute-Garonne

7 Bedroom Chateau

Land: 67,459m²

1,270,000€ HAI

Ariège

5 Bedroom Country house

Land: 22,804m²

756,000€ HAI

Charente-Maritime

1 Bedroom House

Land: 384m²

60,000€ HAI

Charente-Maritime

3 Bedroom Country house

Land: 23,361m²

561,800€ HAI

Aude

16 Bedroom Country house with Gite(s)

Land: 9,027m²

990,000€ HAI

Aude

3 Bedroom Bungalow

Land: 1,249m²

230,000€ HAI

Charente

2 Bedroom Mill

Land: 21,594m²

328,600€ HAI

Deux-Sèvres

3 Bedroom Country house

Land: 1,566m²

100,000€ HAI

Charente

4 Bedroom Country house

Land: 4,679m²

333,900€ HAI

Charente

5 Bedroom Maison de Maître

Land: 2,424m²

296,800€ HAI

Deux-Sèvres

3 Bedroom Country house with Gite(s)

Land: 1,238m²

185,000€ HAI

Charente

6 Bedroom Village House

Land: 378m²

265,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

960,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,506,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,920,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

990,200€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,139,500€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,722,500€ HAI

Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

450,000€ HAI

Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,829,000€ HAI

Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

3,936,000€ HAI

Savoie

5 Bedroom Ski Apartment

4,217,000€ HAI

Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

795,000€ HAI

Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

715,000€ HAI

Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,550,000€ HAI

Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,750,000€ HAI

Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

2,650,000€ HAI

Savoie

5 Bedroom Ski Apartment

4,350,000€ HAI

Savoie

6 Bedroom Ski Apartment

5,150,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Chalet

1,650,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Chalet

1,390,000€ HAI

Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

7,950,000€ HAI

Savoie

5 Bedroom Ski Apartment

9,350,000€ HAI

Savoie

7 Bedroom Ski Apartment

16,900,000€ HAI

Savoie

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,139,643€ HAI

Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,813,734€ HAI

Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

3,435,841€ HAI

Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

3,302,590€ HAI

Savoie

5 Bedroom Ski Apartment

3,942,746€ HAI

Savoie

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

695,000€ HAI

Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,065,109€ HAI

Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,708,150€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

393,500€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

411,500€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

946,500€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

900,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

395,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

615,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,445,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

945,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

995,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,340,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,360,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,800,000€ HAI

Var

3 Bedroom Apartment

534,438€ HAI

Charente

4 Bedroom Mill

Land: 5,283m²

201,400€ HAI

Charente

5 Bedroom Villa

Land: 1,360m²

349,800€ HAI

Charente

2 Bedroom House over basement

Land: 675m²

120,000€ HAI

Charente

5 Bedroom Country house with Gite(s)

Land: 13,898m²

302,100€ HAI

Charente

5 Bedroom House

Land: 9,361m²

498,200€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Chalet

1,590,000€ HAI

Charente

2 Bedroom Country house

Land: 37,237m²

222,600€ HAI

Charente

2 Bedroom Country house

Land: 84,173m²

275,000€ HAI

Dordogne

4 Bedroom Country house

Land: 26,005m²

360,400€ HAI

Haute-Garonne

8 Bedroom Chateau

Land: 35,063m²

1,200,000€ HAI

Charente

3 Bedroom Village House

Land: 415m²

160,000€ HAI

Vienne

9 Bedroom Chateau

Land: 54,717m²

848,000€ HAI

Charente

9 Bedroom Chateau

Land: 54,717m²

848,000€ HAI

Charente-Maritime

4 Bedroom House with Gite(s)

Land: 4,282m²

291,500€ HAI

Aude

4 Bedroom Town House

115,000€ HAI

Dordogne

5 Bedroom House

Land: 2,570m²

235,000€ HAI

Deux-Sèvres

5 Bedroom Mill

Land: 6,278m²

530,000€ HAI

Charente

3 Bedroom Mill

Land: 18,300m²

848,000€ HAI

Aude

11 Bedroom Country house

Land: 22,125m²

880,000€ HAI

Charente

4 Bedroom Single storey property

Land: 3,135m²

291,500€ HAI

Charente

5 Bedroom Village House

Land: 2,340m²

249,100€ HAI

Deux-Sèvres

3 Bedroom House with Gite(s)

Land: 700m²

85,000€ HAI

Dordogne

8 Bedroom Maison de Maître with Gite(s)

Land: 1,702m²

530,000€ HAI

Charente

4 Bedroom Maison de Maître

Land: 5,835m²

689,000€ HAI

Charente

4 Bedroom House

Land: 16,348m²

466,400€ HAI

Charente

7 Bedroom Single storey property

Land: 15,000m²

599,960€ HAI

Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

2,524,000€ HAI

Charente

11 Bedroom Country house

Land: 47,460m²

551,200€ HAI

Charente

Town House

45,000€ HAI

Var

5 Bedroom Villa

5,445,000€ HAI

Var

6 Bedroom Villa

6,193,000€ HAI

Var

6 Bedroom Villa

6,198,500€ HAI

Var

7 Bedroom Villa

9,130,000€ HAI

Isère

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

879,500€ HAI

Isère

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,057,500€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Chalet

1,450,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Chalet

1,425,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,750,000€ HAI

Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

2,750,000€ HAI

Savoie

6 Bedroom Ski Chalet

8,650,000€ HAI

Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Chalet

2,550,000€ HAI

Savoie

5 Bedroom Ski Chalet

3,870,000€ HAI

Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,115,000€ HAI

Savoie

6 Bedroom Ski Apartment

2,300,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,100,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

6 Bedroom Ski Chalet

1,780,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

746,400€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

5 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,484,400€ HAI

Isère

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

439,000€ HAI

Isère

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

715,000€ HAI

Isère

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,159,000€ HAI

Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

2,392,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

586,800€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,275,600€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

652,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

430,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

520,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,075,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Penthouse

1,150,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

6 Bedroom Penthouse

2,060,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Chalet

1,848,000€ HAI

Aude

Village House

55,000€ HAI

Charente

4 Bedroom Village House

Land: 291m²

80,000€ HAI

Charente

6 Bedroom House with Gite(s)

Land: 9,177m²

360,400€ HAI

Aude

7 Bedroom Chateau

Land: 57,000m²

1,250,000€ HAI

Aude

Land only

Land: 2,997m²

50,000€ HAI

Dordogne

3 Bedroom Country house

Land: 57,014m²

399,620€ HAI

Charente

5 Bedroom Manor house

Land: 3,400m²

190,800€ HAI

Charente

4 Bedroom Country house

Land: 2,455m²

185,500€ HAI

Charente-Maritime

3 Bedroom Village House

Land: 344m²

120,000€ HAI

Charente

3 Bedroom Mill

Land: 7,000m²

455,800€ HAI

Aude

5 Bedroom Town House

Land: 797m²

350,000€ HAI

Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,600,000€ HAI

Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

2,250,000€ HAI

Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Chalet

2,570,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

300,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

618,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

398,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,354,500€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,733,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

Apartment - studio

296,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

458,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

Apartment - studio

190,000€ HAI

Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,870,000€ HAI

Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

2,220,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

5 Bedroom Ski Apartment

2,195,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

290,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

288,900€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

574,900€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

280,800€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

374,400€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,058,400€ HAI

Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

2,236,000€ HAI

Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

2,115,000€ HAI

Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

2,599,000€ HAI

Savoie

4 Bedroom Penthouse

4,988,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

5 Bedroom Ski Apartment

2,530,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Chalet

1,350,000€ HAI

Charente

2 Bedroom House

Land: 3,522m²

163,000€ HAI

Charente

1 Bedroom Group of properties

Land: 848m²

50,000€ HAI

Isère

Apartment - studio

235,500€ HAI

Isère

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

304,500€ HAI

Charente-Maritime

3 Bedroom House

100,000€ HAI

Charente-Maritime

3 Bedroom House with Gite(s)

Land: 464m²

130,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

556,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,125,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

5 Bedroom Ski Apartment

2,228,000€ HAI

Charente-Maritime

3 Bedroom House with Gite(s)

Land: 1,825m²

196,100€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

679,000€ HAI