France properties are sold privately, public notary, or by estate agents. Every year there are thousands of properties that are being purchased by foreign buyers. Because most of the foreign buyers to do speak French they are using estate agents to lean on when buying. Agent’s fees for this is typically between 4 to 10 percent of the property price. Surveys are not done so if you are wanting to have the property looked at you would have to find someone yourself. It is always good to check before signing anything that there are not going to be any private or communal plans to build close to your house.
“When you are considering a property, always ask what the price quoted includes.”
Rory Ramsden is a French property finder and buyer's agent working for high net worth private clients wishing to buy a chateau, manor or vineyard in the south west of France. He has lived in France for 8 years after spending time travelling the world on business.
Paris and cinema: Why the French capital is the city of the silver screen
As London falls, prime Paris pulls buyers across the Channel
Pedal power: Paris unveils new 25km/h electric Velib’ bikes
Jacques Garcia on His (Re-)Renovation of Hôtel Barrière Le Fouquet’s
The best Airbnb venues in Paris
France sees big drop in unemployment rate in boost for Macron
French Catalans offer to host ‘government in exile’ as tensions rise in Spain
Why Paris won’t be getting its fleet of ‘flying’ water taxis after all