A to Z Guide to Buying a French property

A to Z Guide to Buying a French property

Here’s our new A to Z guide to buying a property in France, tried to make relevant and informative. Most of topics and terms are covered in our buying guide at various stages. Please take a look, otherwise this would a page full of links and wouldn’t be as user friendly.

a - acte de vente - we start with the end, the final deeds when you get the keys.
b - budget - you must be very clear, include renovations & legal costs. Stick to it!
c - compromis de vente - pre contract with a 10 day cooling off period
d - draw map  - use our handy drawmap as an alternative search tool
e - estate agents - all our partners are experienced English speaking agents
f - fosse septique - the septic tank, costs approx 8000 euros to replace
g - guide  - check out  our full property buying guide in a handy PDF format
h - healthcare - it’s important that expats and retirees research their options
i - insurance  - our insurance partners can assist with most insurance needs
j - join us - create your member account to kick start your French search
k -  knowledgeable - we have extensive knowledge of the property market
l - location - as important as the budget, France is a large country
m - mortgages - obtaining finance is tough, our partners may be able to help
n - notaire - a legal expert with a mission of public authority on your behalf
o - offer, how to make one? - this is where our experts come into their own
p - power of attorney - called a procuration, it is signed in front of a notary
q - questions? see our list of FAQ’s (frequently asked questions)
r - realistic - make a list of your expectations and the type of lifestyle you want
s - succession - make sure you seek expert advice as the rules are different
t - taxes - there are property taxes (council and land), and other taxes
u - US buyers  - some useful information and links for American buyers
v - viewings - visits must be planned in advance. Looking for a place to stay?
w - wish list - prepare a list your with your must have, nice to have and no-no's
x - exchange rates - our FX partners offer great rates and excellent service
y - YouTube - we have more and more properties with videos or virtual tours
z - zone inondable, is a floodzone see our A to Z list of terms

You’re welcome, let us know if we can be of further assistance.