Find your New Build

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

Step 3 : your building project

Once you are the happy owner of your piece of French land you can sign a building contract with a builder. House building contracts are very protective of customers. See our section on Advantages of French custom built villas.

The builder we have selected in Dordogne will apply on your behalf for planning permission. A planning permission is asked to the town authorities who have two months to instruct provided it is complete. Before introducing your request you may check with the town authorities if there are architectural features to respect or to avoid. For instance in or near a listed area there will exist building guidelines in order to protect the architectural homogeneity of the place. These guidelines are included in the local Zoning Plan. The builders we have chosen to represent know perfectly the local building procedure and habits and will suggest a design accordingly.

Once the planning permission has been filed with the town authorities, you have to wait 2 months for your request to be instructed. Once your planning permission has been granted it has to be made public and you will have to place a poster on your building plot. There is a right to contest the planning permission for third parties during two months and a half. The right to appeal needs to be based on legitimate grounds though. Normally you should wait until the end of this period but some builders choose to begin the works before the end of this period, after having assessed the risk of such appeal. In rural communities it is very rare that a neighbour should appeal to a planning permission. The last risk of seeing your planning permission endangered is by the administration itself as it has a right of pulling out its decision during 3 months. So if you want to be on the safe side a 3 months period is in principle necessary for a planning permission to be considered as definitive. But again in rural communities it is very rare that the administration draws back its permission.