Expert advice for buying French property
Buying your dream property in France, as detailed in the Six Steps, is not as simple as just deciding you want to move there. The property buying process in France can be complicated, especially if you do not speak the language, and there are many important financial and legal considerations that you will need expert guidance on. It is so important to ensure you have the right information and expertise to support you throughout the property buying process, with experts on hand to answer any questions, address queries and guide you successfully through each stage of buying your French property.
We used the excellent France Buying Guide to research exactly how to buy property in France and ensure we were on the right track. Their advice and practical assistance was invaluable every step of the way – and their recommended experts were there to help us at every turn.
I have no doubt that out purchase would not have been as secure and successful without them!Alfred and Maisie Bernard
The France Property Guide team are experts who have helped thousands of people to buy their dream French property and are experienced in all aspects of the property buying process. We know that the most important elements to buying a property are our ‘Golden Three’ – A trusted real estate agent, an expert currency specialist and an independent solicitor.
We know that the most important elements to buying a property are our ‘Golden Three’ – A trusted real estate agent, an expert currency specialist and an independent solicitor.
Having these experts on your side from the beginning of the property buying process will provide you with continued support, guidance and appropriate advice from the very start of your journey. Finding the right estate agent, solicitor and currency specialist for you as early in the process as possible will arm you with a thorough understanding of the property market and what it takes to buy property in France, both locally and nationally. It will help you to plan ahead and highlight the main areas that you need to focus on, as well as avoiding the common pitfalls that many people often fall in to when buying a home in France.
With years of experience in successfully buying property in France, the France Property Guide Resource Centre can take the guess work out of finding your experts, and connect you to a network of trusted and carefully vetted professionals to make up your perfect ‘Golden Three’.
Your experienced estate agent
There are so many estate agents to choose from in France, making it a good idea to conduct online research at the outset, to give yourself a good idea of what’s available and help you find reviews and recommendations of those who have previously used the agents. A personal recommendation from someone you know, or another person who has been in the same situation, is even better.
The estate agent you choose needs to have an innate knowledge of the areas where you are viewing properties and are considering buying, with the right knowledge of the process of buying property in that area and the expertise to help you purchase the right home for you.
Ensuring that your estate agent understands your needs exactly will go a long way to maximising the chances of success for your viewing trip and property purchase – so you can become one of the success stories, not one of the statistics of British buyers in France who fail and incur huge losses.
Your currency specialist
If you are buying a property in France, you will need to exchange your funds into euros and transfer them overseas to make the purchase. A lack of experience when it comes to making currency transfers, combined with a natural concern for the safety of your money often means this process is a daunting one.
Smart Currency Exchange – the only UK currency specialist with a specific focus on the international property industry.
To ensure you make the most of all your transfers we recommend using an authorised and regulated currency specialist, such as Smart Currency Exchange – the only UK currency specialist with a specific focus on the international property industry. Opening a free, no-obligation account with Smart before your viewing trip gives you instant access to a personal trader, who can help you plan your transfers and minimise the risk of fluctuating exchange rates driving up the cost of your property between making an offer and completing.
Your trusted solicitor
An independent solicitor is an essential piece of the jigsaw for safely, securely and swiftly buying your dream property in France. A house purchase is essentially a series of legal and financial transactions, which can be complex in the UK – in France, where the legalities and practicalities are quite different and conducted in a different language, it pays to have someone on your side who knows and understand how it all works and can support you at each stage. Having a bilingual solicitor, independent of any developer or other interested party, that you trust to work on your behalf will make the process smoother and easier. They can also help you with any inheritance or succession planning issues that arise from buying your property in France.