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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

Property expert and coach Sophia Mose (J.D. LL.M) escaped corporate law practice in New York and London when she moved to France with her family in 2005. After a seven-year adventure creating and running a child-friendly holiday retreat and acquiring a range of new skills in the southwest of France, they moved to the stunningly beautiful university town of Aix-en-Provence. Sophia ran exclusive buyer’s agency Provence Search for more than seven years. Since early 2019, she uses her extensive expertise to support clients looking to buy or sell property across France.

Read more about Sophia’s services here.

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