Why use a French estate agent?

When it comes to buying property in France, trust the experienced estate agents at Town & Country Property France to deliver exceptional service and results. Contact us today to discuss your real estate goals and let us assist you in making your French property dreams a reality!

With our extensive knowledge of the French property market, we are well-equipped to provide you with accurate and up-to-date information about the buying or selling process. From understanding local regulations to identifying the best neighbourhoods and property types, our team has the expertise to guide you every step of the way.

Whether you’re in search of a charming country house, a luxurious chateau, or a holiday home with a pool, we have an extensive portfolio of properties to suit a variety of preferences and budgets. Our English-speaking estate agents work closely with you to understand your specific requirements and match you with properties that align with your needs and desires.

At our agency, we understand that each client is unique. That’s why we pride ourselves on providing personalised service tailored to your individual goals and preferences. Our English speaking estate agents take the time to listen to your requirements, answer your questions, and provide guidance based on your specific needs, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free experience.

Language should never be a barrier when it comes to buying or selling property in France. Our agents are proficient in both English and French. We understand the importance of effective communication, and our multilingual capabilities enable us to cater to clients from diverse backgrounds and ensure clear and transparent transactions.

Navigating the intricacies of the real estate market in France can be daunting, especially in a foreign country. However, our agents are skilled negotiators who will work tirelessly to secure the best possible deal for you. Whether you’re a buyer looking to get the best price or a seller aiming to maximise your profits, we have your best interests at heart.

Don’t let language or unfamiliarity with the French real estate market hold you back. Contact our agency today and let our experienced estate agents in France guide you towards a successful property purcahse.


    Is property on market?

    Features

    Desired features

    French property search

    Country House

    €227,900 HAI

    Marthon, Charente

    Character propertyDetachedGite(s)Old stoneOutbuildingsPossible incomeViews
    Ref: 705872
    more details
    House

    €425,000

    Roullens, Aude

    DetachedPoolViews
    Ref: 705869
    more details
    Mill

    €307,400 HAI

    Saint-Claud, Charente

    Character propertyDetachedNo close neighboursOld stoneOutbuildingsRiver frontageViews
    Ref: 705871
    more details
    Country House

    €265,000 HAI

    Roumazieres-loubert, Charente

    Character propertyDetachedOld stoneOutbuildingsViews
    Ref: 705868
    more details
    Maison de Maitre

    €318,000 HAI

    Champagne-Mouton, Charente

    Character propertyDetachedOutbuildingsPossible income
    Ref: 705867
    more details
    House

    €80,000 HAI

    Chef-Boutonne, Deux-Sèvres

    No close neighbours
    Ref: 705866
    more details
    Country House

    €275,600 HAI

    Pressac, Vienne

    Character propertyDetachedGite(s)Large grounds (1Ha+)No close neighboursOutbuildingsPoolPossible incomeRiver frontageViews
    Ref: 705865
    more details
    Country House

    €270,300 HAI

    Puyréaux, Charente

    Character propertyOld stoneOutbuildingsPoolRiver frontage
    Ref: 705864
    more details
    Town House

    €46,000 HAI

    Charroux, Vienne

    Outbuildings
    Ref: 705863
    more details
    Country House

    €389,000 HAI

    Messé, Deux-Sèvres

    Character propertyGite(s)No close neighboursOld stoneOutbuildingsPoolPossible incomeViews
    Ref: 705862
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    House

    €349,650

    Challignac, Charente

    OutbuildingsSingle storeyViews
    Ref: 705859
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    Mill

    €489,000 HAI

    Charroux, Vienne

    Character propertyDetachedGite(s)Possible incomeRiver frontage
    Ref: 705861
    more details

    THE FIGHT AGAINST MONEY LAUNDERING AND TERRORISM

    What is TRACFIN?

    TRACFIN stands for "Traitement du Renseignement et Action Contre les circuits Financiers clandestins. It is contolled by the French Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) that fights against money laundering and terrorist financing.

    What does TRACFIN investigate?

    TRACFIN’s primary objectives is to analyzes suspicious transaction reports submitted by various professionals and to detect, analyze, and investigate money laundering and terrorist financing.

    How does TRACFIN operate?

    There are three steps: Collection of Data ; Analysis and (if required) Dissemenation and Action


    Professionals in the real estate sector must comply with obligations of vigilance as set out within the framework of the regulations of the French financial intelligence service (TRACFIN).

    We must take measures to ensure that our clients are properly identified, and to ensure that transactions are carried out in compliance with anti-money laundering rules.

    We must collect all information relating to the purpose and nature of the operation to be carried out and all elements will allow us to have an extensive knowledge of the client.

    As such, and before signing any contractual documents, you will be asked to provide certain information as well as the documents below:

    For our buyer clients : 

    • Proof of identity 
    • Recent proof of address
    • Information regarding your income, wealth and source of funds
    • If the buyer is a company : a recent registration document and articles of association

    For our vendors : 

    • Proof of identity 
    • Recent proof of address
    • Proof of ownership
    • Latest ‘avis de taxe foncière’
    • If the vendor is a company : a recent registration document and articles of association

    We thank you for your cooperation.

    https://www.economie.gouv.fr/tracfin



    ADVICE FOR FRENCH PROPERTY BUYERS

    Are you considering buying a holiday home in France? If so, you’re not alone! France is a popular destination for tourists from around the world, and owning a property there can be an excellent investment opportunity. Here are some things to consider when buying a holiday home in France:

    Location:

    When choosing a location for your holiday home in France, consider what you want to use it for. If you plan on renting it out to tourists, you may want to choose a location that is popular with visitors. If you want a peaceful retreat for yourself, you may prefer a more secluded location.

    Budget:

    Consider your budget when looking for a holiday home in France. Prices can vary widely depending on the location, size, and amenities of the property. Keep in mind that there may be additional costs involved with owning a property in France, such as property taxes, insurance, and maintenance fees.

    Type of property:

    There are many different types of properties available for purchase in France, including apartments, villas, and cottages. Consider what type of property will best suit your needs and budget.

    Maintenance:

    Owning a holiday home in France will require regular maintenance, even if you only use it for part of the year. Consider hiring a local property manager or caretaker to help maintain the property while you’re away.

    Legal requirements:

    Make sure you understand the legal requirements involved with owning a property in France. You may need to obtain a French mortgage, register with the local authorities, and pay various fees and taxes. It’s a good idea to work with a French estate agent who is familiar with the French property market to help guide you through the process.

    The team at Euro Immobilier Chalais / Town & Country Property France have a wealth of experience when helping international clients with their French property purchase. Our knowledge and customer service are second to none, so let us help you through each stage of buying a house in France


      Is property on market?

      Features

      Desired features

      Country House

      €227,900 HAI

      Marthon, Charente

      Character propertyDetachedGite(s)Old stoneOutbuildingsPossible incomeViews
      Ref: 705872
      more details
      House

      €425,000

      Roullens, Aude

      DetachedPoolViews
      Ref: 705869
      more details
      Mill

      €307,400 HAI

      Saint-Claud, Charente

      Character propertyDetachedNo close neighboursOld stoneOutbuildingsRiver frontageViews
      Ref: 705871
      more details
      Country House

      €265,000 HAI

      Roumazieres-loubert, Charente

      Character propertyDetachedOld stoneOutbuildingsViews
      Ref: 705868
      more details
      Maison de Maitre

      €318,000 HAI

      Champagne-Mouton, Charente

      Character propertyDetachedOutbuildingsPossible income
      Ref: 705867
      more details
      House

      €80,000 HAI

      Chef-Boutonne, Deux-Sèvres

      No close neighbours
      Ref: 705866
      more details
      Country House

      €275,600 HAI

      Pressac, Vienne

      Character propertyDetachedGite(s)Large grounds (1Ha+)No close neighboursOutbuildingsPoolPossible incomeRiver frontageViews
      Ref: 705865
      more details
      Country House

      €270,300 HAI

      Puyréaux, Charente

      Character propertyOld stoneOutbuildingsPoolRiver frontage
      Ref: 705864
      more details
      Town House

      €46,000 HAI

      Charroux, Vienne

      Outbuildings
      Ref: 705863
      more details

      Natural or technological risks in France

      Georisques is a term used in France to describe natural or technological risks that can occur in certain regions or areas. These risks can include earthquakes, landslides, floods, forest fires, volcanic eruptions, and industrial accidents. The French government has developed a comprehensive system to assess, manage and mitigate these risks, which is called the Georisques system.

      The Georisques system is based on a national database that identifies areas of risk across the country. The database is regularly updated to ensure that it reflects the latest scientific research and understanding of the risks. The system is managed by the Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development, in collaboration with other government agencies and local authorities.

      The Georisques system provides information on the level of risk in a particular area, and the measures that should be taken to mitigate the risk. This information is made available to the public through various channels, including the internet, mobile applications, and public information campaigns.

      One of the key features of the Georisques system is its focus on prevention and preparedness. The system encourages individuals and communities to take steps to reduce their risk exposure, such as by taking out insurance, preparing emergency kits, and developing evacuation plans.

      The Georisques system has been instrumental in reducing the impact of natural and technological risks in France. It has helped to improve the safety of individuals and communities, and has contributed to the country’s overall resilience to disasters.

      In conclusion, the Georisques system in France is a comprehensive and innovative approach to managing natural and technological risks. It provides valuable information to individuals and communities, and encourages them to take proactive steps to reduce their risk exposure. The Georisques system is a testament to France’s commitment to safety and sustainability, and serves as a model for other countries around the world.


      role of a notaire

      The role of a Notaire – a public official

      A Notaire is a public officer who operates in every area of law including family, property, inheritance, asset management, company law, countryside law, local authorities, etc.They act on behalf of the State and are appointed by the Minister of Justice, and the fact that a contract is drawn up by a Notaire is a guarantee of its legality and authenticity.

      The Notaire – a self-employed professional

      Although they have public authority, the Notaire operates on a self-employed basis and is responsible for their own office. They are self-employed professionals who are paid by their clients (and not the taxpayers) on the basis of a rate fixed by the State for the services they provide. The term "notaire fees" when associated with property sales usually includes not only the Notaire’s own remuneration and expenses, but also the sales tax and stamp duty that they collect on behalf of the state.

      French Property sales – the Notaire’s involvement

      One or more Notaires will be appointed to oversee every property sale in France. A Notaire will work in close collaboration with your estate agent throughout the property sales procedure. They will ensure that all legal requirements are met, and that all parties are aware of their rights and obligations. They carry out various searches, establish title, advise the parties on inheritance and financial issues, draw up the deeds, and register the sale at the land registry. Each party can, freely choose their own Notaire, and it is the buyer who is responsible for paying all the notaire fees and stamp duty on a purchase. Notaires sharing the workload share the fees, which are determined by the State on a sliding scale according to the purchase price. Thus it does not cost any more to use two Notaires. 

      Final completion – signature at the Notaire’s office

      Final completion is a formal affair, where the Notaire receives the parties in their office and reads out to them the terms of the official deed of sale and all its annexes, before witnessing everyone’s signatures. After completion, the Notaire will register the sale, give all parties a written certificate of the transaction, and will in due course (after a few months)  supply the buyer with a stamped authenticated copy of the final sales deed, which is in effect the ‘title deed’ for the property.

      If the parties cannot be present at the Notaire’s office for the signing of the sales pre-contract or final deed, it can usually be possible to sign by power of attorney. If you choose this option, your Notaire will prepare the power of attorney and send it to you to sign, but be aware that a person of authority in your home country such as a solicitor or French consul may be required to witness your signature, and as proof of your identity the witness must counter-sign and stamp the document. 

      More information can be found on the official Notaires’ website: click here.