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French notary

Once you have found the property of your choice and agreed upon a purchase price, you will be required to enter into a written agreement to buy.The conveyancing for the sale takes place through the offices of a notary.

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Capital gains

This is a very specialised area and we suggest you clarify the position with your notary. This has recently changed in France and depends on how many years you keep the property

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Local taxes

There are basically two local taxes you are required to pay in relation to your property. The notaire will give you the relevant details of the costs relating to the property being purchased

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Estate agents and notary fees

If you choose property via an estate agent, don't be surprised to find that you and not the vendor will be asked to pay their commission.

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Preliminary contract

There are two types of preliminary agreement.
You will be asked to sign either :
- A "Promesse de vente" : A binding undertaking to sell with an option(as opposed to an obligation) to purchase,

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Mortgage costs

If you are obtaining a mortgage through a French bank it will be secured by a charge on your French property, it will need to be registered at the local Land Registry.

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Guarantees and construction insurance

For ten years from reception of the works, the contractors and advisors remain liable for any defect which affects the main structure of the building

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Buying a plot of land and building a new house

Once you have found a plot of land make sure it is constructible by checking the local planning regulations at the local town hall

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Notary's fees

Your notary will undertake to complete all the formalities necessary, however, the exact cost associated with the purchase of each property will vary slightly depending on the work undertaken and where the property is situated, etc.

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New build developments

There are however a number of developers offering condominium type properties in a building development, you are usually obliged to buy it off plan ("vente en etat futur d'achevement") i.e. before it is built.

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Buying through a company (SCI)

Buying a property in France through a French non-trading property company (Societe Civile Immobiliere or SCI) can be beneficial. The principal advantages

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