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By Cecil Jenkins

A short heritage of France tells the tale of the formation of this grand country via its humans, nice occasions, and tradition. once we consider France we regularly evoke photographs of excellent foodstuff and wine, the dependent boulevards of Paris, and the stylish shorelines of St. Tropez, however the biggest state in Europe has even more to provide than vacationer points of interest.

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Some possible conditional clauses:        Obtaining a mortgage. A satisfactory survey. Selling a previous house. Obtaining a certificat d’urbanisme (preliminary planning permission). Permission for swimming pool or septic tank. Confirmation of the land area. Possibility of drainage, water, or electricity connections if none existing. They must be agreed with the vendor and if there are too many he could refuse or conclude that you are not a serious buyer and pull out altogether. If the business is to be run as a company, then the company should buy the property as it will be expensive to change afterwards.

You would probably never find them by yourself anyway as there are no road names in the countryside. You will have to sign that you saw the property first with them. This is so you cannot do a private deal or B U Y I N G Y O U R P R O P E R T Y / 25 buy through another agent. It is a myth that there is one price for the locals and one for foreigners, the difference is that the French will bargain harder. The time to pause is when you have seen a suitable property. If you make an offer that is accepted, the agent will try to rush you to the notaire at the earliest possible moment.

The notaire’s fees and the taxes will be 10–15 per cent of the purchase price, which is considerably more than in the UK. If the notaire’s office is near your property, it is a good idea to meet at least once in the process; you may need some advice in the future and it may even be given without charge. However, they rarely speak English. If a notaire is the selling agent, then this is the one time when it would be best to appoint someone else yourself. PRELIMINARY CONTRACT (Compromis de vente) Your offer has been accepted and in the UK you never see the estate agent again.

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