Find your New Build

Why buy with us?
  • Specialist in new build French property with insider knowledge
  • Registered estate agent under French law with prior experience in property development
  • Focus on South of France and in-depth local knowledge
  • Regular on-site visits
  • Based in South of France where you plan to buy
  • Careful selection of property portfolio thanks to former experience in development
  • A one-stop-service based in France: no need to ‘hand you over’ to someone else
  • Bilingual independent and free purchasing help and after sales service
of new  build
  • Peace of mind : financial guarantee of completion
  • Financial advantages : stage payments
  • Financial advantages : no uncertain & extra costs of renovation
  • Financial advantages : low maintenance and running costs
  • A personalised home in a wide choice of properties
  • Peace of mind : a ready-to-move-in property
  • Guaranteed quality : modern comfort and safety in well-designed home
  • Peace of mind : no renovation hassle
  • A personalised home in a wide choice of properties : an extensive choice of property style, type and size
  • Financial advantages : reduced land taxes
  • Guaranteed quality : latest building regulations
  • Guaranteed quality : lower energy costs
  • Financial advantages : refundable deposit
  • Financial advantages : no estate agent fee
  • Guaranteed quality : easier to let property
  • Peace of mind : secure and regulated buying procedure
  • Financial advantages : better resale & letting potential
  • Financial advantages : lower notary fees

Characteristics of custom built French villas

Buying land and house separately

The slight difference with buying a house in a development is that instead of buying all at once the land and the house to the property developer, you buy first the building plot to a private seller or a company and then you have a house built upon it by a building company of your choice.

You can buy a building plot from a private seller directly or through an estate agent, or through a “lotisseur”, a company specialising in housing estates.
There are two types of building plot:
- isolated building plots: a private seller or an agency sells a piece of land. It is advised to check that the land is really a building plot by asking the local “mairie” (town hall) for a “certificat d’urbanisme opérationnel” which states if the land is building land, what legal easements apply to the plot, along with the taxes, the existence of public equipments, and if there are architectural constraints. This document is free and will be delivered within a maximum of 2 months.
- building plot in a “lotissement” (housing estate): a developer (in French “Aménageur-lotisseur”) buys a vast area of land, divides it, builds the roads and all the community facilities and sells it by lots to private purchasers. The developer must have obtained first the permission called “permis de lotir”. By buying in an housing estate, you have the guarantee of buying a building plot and that it is serviced. The advantage is that you save time and spare yourself some paperwork, since you know right from the start that you are buying a building plot. You nevertheless need to check that your project is compatible with the building specifications (“cahier des charges”) of the housing estate, if there are any. Nevertheless, if these rules of construction designed to ensure a similar appearance between the different houses, seem restricting, in practice they still leave a great liberty of choice in styles and models.

Building company and type of contract

Once you have secured, somehow, a building plot, next step is to have you house built upon it. You can choose from three possibilities:

- the builder provides the plan from a portfolio of varied models and builds the house (this is the majority of the cases)
- the builder has a plan provided to the purchaser by an architect or a studies office (“bureau d’études”).
- the builder does not provide directly or indirectly, the plan but is in charge of the building, at least untill the watertight stage, and the buyer provides the plan.

The builders we have chosen to work with do provide plans from a vast portfolio of properties' size and style. In general one design is available in different sizes (for instance between 90 Sqm to 110 Sqm or even more, with or without garage, with or without cellar, etc…)
The partners builders we have chosen to work with are long-established (at least 20 years) and all have an extensive experience in their respective area. Furthermore we have selected them because they offer models of houses in local architecture: low white houses with blue-grey shutters and tiled roofs for the “Charente” architecture, typical Dordogne and Quercy architecture with steep roofs, creamy coloured natural stone, or typical two-sloped roof and woodwork painted in dark blue or red “bull blood” for Basque architecture.