Click above to view acrylic paintings and pencil drawings of France.
you are just starting out on your quest to buy that dream house in
France, you will find that there is a bewildering amount of information
available on the internet to sift through to find the facts you are
The aim of these pages is to simplify your search by giving a concise, easy to navigate, step by step guide to the basics of the process of buying a house in France.
They include.... where to look for French property, the role of French estate agents & the notaire, contracts, surveys, transferring funds, regular updates on French house prices, travel to France, and various other French related information. Also included are some links to other helpful French information sites, and some personal comments on my own experience of buying a house in France. I have also endeavoured to give my candid opinion of some of the pitfalls involved in buying French property.
The Internet is the obvious first step towards buying your house in France, so I have provided a links page to some of the French property related sites that I discovered in doing my own research. Doing some initial research on French property web sites enables you to get a broad idea of what price you should be paying relative to size, condition of the property, location, etc. Of course, looking on the Internet is no substitute for actually going to France and viewing property. The cleverly photographed house that looked so appealing on a French property web site might turn out to be located next to the local abattoir or underneath a motorway junction.
Dreaming of owning a house in France gives you a wonderful opportunity to take countless exploratory trips to enjoy all that France has to offer. We had spent many years travelling to, and staying in different regions of France, but once we had decided to buy a property there, we concentrated our short breaks and holidays on the region we had decided on: looking at different towns and picking up details from estate agents before honing in on a more specific area in which to buy.
When it came to going to view French properties however we followed the best advice and went in the depths of winter. A property that seems like a charming restoration project in summer can appear very different with snow on the ground and a biting north east wind howling round your ears. By viewing in the winter, you also get the added bonus that ferry prices are much cheaper at that time of year.
Going through an Internet agency to buy your house in France can be a good idea if you have a limited time to view houses as they can organize for you to see various French properties from different estate agents on one visit. However, you will be limited to the agents that the Internet company has an arrangement with so if you have more time it is worth visiting all the different estate agents individually.
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Acknowledgements: images used on the left in the text area are mainly from morguefile.com, my thanks to biberta, missyredboots, rosevita, doctor_bob, cohdra, mconners, kairily, clarita, scott. m. liddel, and anyone else from morguefile whose image appears here. All the images in the right hand column on each page have been taken by me during my various travels in France and are copyright of buyahouseinfrance.info.