reply to post by mblahnikluver
It might be genuinely for sale, but it just might be a 'show piece' to generate site traffic.
If you deal in estates then you're going to 'up your image', especially when you've got 'property' abroad.
The best way to buy property in France is to go there and talk to the people direct. If you like a place, put in an offer, don't just assume the
price is fixed. You might get a bonus. Once a price has been agreed, you put down a deposit.
Then the paper work gets sorted out by the Notaire, who will ask if you want a mortgage or pay in full. You will need a French bank account which can
be obtained when you have the details of the property you're buying, you'll need this for your house insurance too.
It is illegal for a Notaire to agree a deal with you only to sell to a higher offer later. Sometimes hard to prove though.
If a property is owned by a family, ie, inherited, then the entire family must agree to the sale at the price offered.
This is one of the best sites French Property News
. You'll enjoy looking through this lot
One of the best tips you'll get about buying/living in France is to know the language, or at least, make an effort to speak it. You'll get a long
way if you make that effort.
Not every property gets listed on the site. You'll see a link for 'more properties from agent' next to any you look closer at. Sometimes, those
advertised are either sold or taken off the market and they just haven't updated the web site.
The best way to find a place in France, is to be there and drive around. You'll see a sign on the property saying "A Vendre" with the Notaires name
and telephone number. Sometimes when you want to view a property, the Notaire will just give you the key and you can go look at the house yourself.
Depends on if the owner has given the Notaire key holder rights etc.
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[edit on 17-6-2009 by Extralien]