Buying French Property

In this section we have practical advice, information & fact sheets about buying or selling French property as well as renting or letting property in France.

Building Surveys - A roof over your head

French roofsChartered Building Surveyor Martin Quirke FRICS takes a look at the most common problems encountered with French roofs, from what to look out for to the different roofing materials used...

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The Role of the Notaire in France

notairesA Notaire in France has a wide role, apart from dealing with the purchase, sale, inheritance or transfer of property in France, the Notaire also advises on private and family law such as the drawing up of a divorce settlement or donations between spouses...

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Do I need a survey for cracks?

Cracks in French propertyIs your French property cracking, bulging, bowing or leaning? Chartered Building Surveyor and Architectural Technologist Martin Quirke relates his considerable experience of dealing with structural cracks in French property...

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Have Your French Home Made To Measure

New buildSo what are the advantages of buying a brand, spanking new home? First, you get to choose the type of property; in some instances you may even be able to specify layout...

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Sous la table - Buyer and Seller Beware

sous la tableEven though new laws and regulations have attempted to stamp it out this kind of house purchase fraud is still surprisingly common in France today despite the heavy fines and...

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The French Alps, Choosing a Property

MegeveMatthieu Cany from Sextant Properties advises on the best way to choose a property in the French Alps from checking out transport links to choosing an estate agent...

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Your Step by Step Guide to buying your property in France

Carole Bayliss from Mortgage France guides us through the French mortgage maze with a step by step guide on how to buy your French property with a mortgage from a French bank.

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Plans Cadastre and Viewing Cadastral Plans Online

The Plan cadastral is the French equivalent of the land registry in the UK, all departmental areas in France are divided up into numbered plots and when you buy a property in France its boundaries are identified by the place name 'lieudit' and its individual cadastral number...

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French Property Prices Set to Rise

New government initiatives to improve the rail and communications infrastructure across the country are likely to have a positive impact on property prices in France...

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How to buy property in France

You may have already decided on a specific area or you may have a French region in mind, having been there on holiday for example. Finding a property in France is a similar process to that in other countries. There are many estate agents in France...

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French service Micro-BIC or Simplified Real ? Don't get caught out

Micro-BIC is the default taxation regime under which income received for letting out furnished French property is taxed. In other words, if you do not indicate any other preference, and your income is less than 76,000 euros per French tax (i.e. calendar) year, you will be taxed under this regime.

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Micro-Foncier or Micro-BIC ?

The principal distinction is that the letting of furnished property is regarded as a business whereas the letting of unfurnished property is regarded as a "civil" activity, i.e. not a business activity. The treatment, both from a tax and a general point of view, is different.

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Buying French Leaseback

French leaseback is term to used describe a method of buying property that is unique to France. The process was developed in the 1970's by the French government in a bid to encourage tourist development in some areas...

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French Property Surveys

Does your French property need a pre-purchase survey? Should you bother? Chartered Surveyor John Marshall gives some practical advice on French property surveys...

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Renting a property in France

When looking for rental accommodation in France bear in mind that short term leases are unusual when renting in France - leases tend to last for 2 or 3 years. If you need to terminate the rental agreement early 3 months notice is usually...

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Conveyancing In France

Written by French lawyer Fabien Cordiez this comprehensive guide outlines the conveyancing procedures and common pitfalls to avoid when buying or selling property in France as well as some useful tips...

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Fees on purchasing French property

If you are thinking of buying French property, and trying to set a budget for doing so, you must be aware of the fees you will be expected to pay in addition to the raw purchase price. As a rule of thumb, advisers usually say that an extra 10% be allowed. So, if your dream property is on the market for...

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What can go wrong in France - and does.

Many people buy in France without any professional advice whatsoever and experience no problems at all. However, some cases can go badly wrong when a little planning could easily have avoided not only the problems encountered, but also could have put the buyer in a better position...

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