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See below a list of Q & A to some of our client's frequently asked questions. For further information on buying a French property, please contact us or take a look at our Complete Guide to Buying a Property in France.
A. From the moment the pre-contract has been signed, it takes on average between 10 to 12 weeks for the whole purchasing process to be completed.
A. Our chosen UK based specialist French mortgage partner constantly strive to offer a complete selection of mortgage products available throughout France for non-French and overseas residents. Apply today for a free decision in principle for a French mortgage, this is a free service with no obligation.
A. We have teamed up with FCG, a competitive and reliable foreign currency exchange specialist to assist you with converting your Pounds Sterling into Euros and your international transfers. Find out how many Â£Â£Â£'s you can save with our partners commission free currency exchange service.
A. Not really, a target date is set in the "compromis de vente" but should not be relied on in the early stages of the process to make travel arrangements etc ... We advise our clients to wait until the process is well underway before asking to confirm that all is progressing according to plan to sign on the proposed date. The Notaires' duty is primarily to the French State, they will not hesitate to delay proceedings if any legal issues have not been adequately resolved.
A.All the properties listed on our website include the Agents fee, they are listed at the same price they are be listed in France, we do not charge anything extra. The price does not include the notaire's fees and government taxes.
A. Depending on your circumstances and the type of property you wish to purchase, you may wish use solicitor in the UK, in France, perhaps both or none at all. Please register to gain access to the full Legal and Tax pages provided by a specialist UK law firm.
A. The notaire is appointed by the State and acts for both parties. Some of his duties include, ascertain details of title and third party rights, verify the details of any charges affecting the French property, prepare the acte definitif (final contract), witness the signing of the acte de vente, register the transfer of ownership, collect the taxes. Please register to gain access to the full Legal and Tax pages provided by a specialist UK law firm.
A. In general this is regarded as your responsibility. We work with translating companies and can organise professional translations at competitive prices. Please contact us for a quote.
A. The amount quoted is a combination of the notaire's fee and taxes payable to the French state on purchase of a property. The larger part of this sum is tax. These usually amount to 6%-8% of the purchase price and are collected by the notaire. The buyer is responsible for the fees and taxes relating to the transaction.
A. This can varie, make sure you check with us first. Generally you will need to have deposited cleared funds into the Notaires' bank account prior to signing. This can take a few days and should not be left to the last minute. We recommend using currency exchange specialists, in certain circumstances, bankers drafts can be accepted.
A. This depends very much on your own personal circumstances. Generally, you should be looking at borrowing in the currency and country where you receive your income.
A. French law provides that certain heirs have automatic rights of inheritance which must be respected. Please register to gain access to the full Legal and Tax pages provided by a specialist UK law firm.
A. When buying a property in France, various options can be considered by purchasers such as an SCI for instance. A "SocietÃ© Civile Immobiliere" is a kind of partnership and can be described as a property-holding partnership which is non-trading. It has unlimited liability and is usually fiscally transparent. Please register to gain access to the full Legal and Tax pages provided by a specialist UK law firm.
A. The Notaire handling the sale of the French property will require your full names, contact details, professions, birth and marriage certificates, passport copies, details of ex-husbands and wives.
A. Looking for a romantic cottage, a modern villa with a pool or a luxury gite? We work with a leading provider of French rental property to give you the best choice of holiday cottages, villas, gites and chateaux throughout France. Book your holiday cottage here.
A. Make sure you get the best rate for your Pounds Sterling to Euros conversion and get the best value for your money. Set up a regular overseas Euro transfer with the Overseas Regular Payment Plan and see how much you can save when you convert your Pounds to Euros.
A. We have teamed up with gosim to provide a range of low cost solutions designed to significantly reduce the cost of staying in touch with family and friends when using your mobile phone while in France. As 1000's of property owners discover each year, the cost of using a mobile phone abroad can be over ten times the rate you would normally pay!
A. We teamed up with FCG due to the level of personal and dedicated service they provide. Whether you require a one off transaction or on an ongoing monthly basis, our currency brokers provides a one to one service enabling you to obtain the most competitive Pounds Sterling to Euros exchange rates now and for the future.
A. Yes, if you already own a French holiday home and are thinking of earning money by renting it out as a holiday property simply call 0870 192 1461 giving the reference "my-french-house.com".
A. Sizing the rooms of a property or working out distances in France can be a made confusing with the metric system. Use our great metric converter designed for people used to the Imperial measurements and wish to convert to the metric system, or vice versa.
A. You can find out about the weather in France or world weather and obtain a 10 day forecast for most French towns and world cities on our weather page.
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