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Buying Property in France – Why Registering with One Listing Agent is not Enough

Contributor blog post by Sophia Mose:

When buying in France, especially if you’re not fluent in French, it can be tempting to register with one Anglophone estate agent and hope for the best. For many of our clients, their search started like that. They spotted a beautiful property on a foreign portal for French properties. They contacted the foreign representative, who contacted the French agent, and were sent a few more photos (no address), as well as links to additional property listings with beautiful photos that supposedly met their criteria.

…Continue reading here to discover why it’s not as simple as meeting with a single listing agent, taking a look at a few beautiful homes, making an offer and toasting your success with a chilled glass of rosé.  As is often the case, the online photos may imply a different story than reality. Perhaps the house is located closer to the neighbours than you expected, the view is not quite as ‘advertised’, or the pool that appeared huge is only suitable for a dip and so on.

There is no multiple listing real estate service in France, and commissions are not shared equally between buying and listing agents. As a result, the market is a lot less transparent than you might expect. Read about some other important things to consider before buying a house in Provence, and why a buyer’s agent or chasseur immobilier is a key person to have on your team when you invest in your new home.

Via:: Provence Search


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Sophia van Woensel-Mose

Sophia van Woensel-Mose

Dutch-born Sophia van Woensel-Mose and her family moved from London to the south of France in 2005 and now live in beautiful Aix-en-Provence. Sophia worked as an international finance lawyer in New York and London and although she loves both those cities, she does not miss the “rat race.” Instead she thoroughly enjoys the slower pace of life, quality food and perfect climate of Provence.

Sophia’s has always had a passion for property and interior design and in 2011 founded her property search business Provence Search. As a licensed French buyer’s agent she puts her legal and negotiation skills and love for French property to good use for her house hunting clients.

Sophia is tri-lingual English/French/Dutch and is licensed as a property professional under Carte Professionnelle (Transactions-sans maniement de fonds) Nº B14-5615 – Bouches du Rhône. She has a Dutch law degree (Leiden) and Juris Doctor and LL.M degrees from Duke University School of Law in the US (member of the New York Bar).

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