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

Step 2 : the signing the deed of sale

Once the “compromis de vente” between buyer and seller has been signed the notary will carry out all the checks that need to be done for the sale to continue. He or she will check that the seller is the actual owner of the land, that the owner is in a position to sell for instance that the property is free of any former mortgage etc… The notary will ask for a Certificat d’Urbanisme to confirm the permitted use of the land. The notary will require evidence of your civil and marital status. These searches and checks will take approximately two months and once they have been successfully carried out you will be invited to sign the final deed of sale (called “acte authentique” in French). You can ask to receive in advance a draft of the deed of sale in order to show a professional advisor. If you are going to sign the deed of sale at the notary’s office, if your French is not proficient you might need the help of a certified interpretor.


At this stage the “notaire” will ask for the balance of the purchase price and additional fees to be paid before the completion can take place. Transfer of money between the UK and France can take about one week so take it into account when making the appointment. There are companies specializing in money transfers which are delivering better rates than high-street banks. Using their services can results in substantial savings, in general tens of thousands pounds.


On top of the 90% of the building plot value (if you have paid a 10% deposit) costs of about 7.5% will have to be paid to the notary. Although called notary’s fees these fees represent mainly stamp duty paid to the State while about 1% represents the notary’s service. Another 1% will have to be added if you take a mortgage. The “notary’s fees” are fixed according to set scales. If you have bought your building plot through an estate agent you might have to pay his/her fees too although it is not automatically for the buyer to pay. If so the average fees are around 7% and are also fixed according to set scales. Usually agency fees are included in the advertised price if the mention FAI (Frais d’Agence Inclus) was mentioned.


The title of your property will be registered by the notary at the “Bureau de Conservation des Hypothèques”. The deed of sale is kept in the notary’s archives in perpetuity. You can ask for a proof of ownership immediately after completion and the notary will then supply a statement called “attestation” confirming your ownership.