Our Advices

Advices for Buying

Understand your needs

Before conducting any research, we will schedule some time at our office to understand what you really need, and what are your criteria:

  • Kind of property (house? apartment?)
  • Kind of purchase (main residence? second home? investment?)
  • Budget
  • Areas (in the city? Countryside? Close to sea?)
  • Essentials criteria: terrace? carpark? Close to shops? View? … sea?)

When we answer to all these questions together, we can start our visits.


Let’s meet at the office, your real estate agent will prepare for you the daily schedule with:

  • Order of visits
  • Technical specifications sheet (with all the details about the apartment: expenses for building, property tax, superficies, pictures…)
  • Attached a map of the area where we will visit

After the visits, we will debrief, collect your feedback and make adjustments to your research to achieve the best results.


Following one or several visits, you found the perfect place. In that case, we invite you to write a purchase proposal .

In details, it will appear in this offer:

  • Your contact details
  • Your proposal (price)
  • Your funding arrangements (mortgage or not)
  • Deadline for response
  • Time limit for signing the preliminary contract

Si l’offre est refusée, le vendeur vous fera une contre-offre.

If the offer is not accepted, usually the seller will do another proposal. If it is (Congratulation!), we will review together all the conditions and contact the notary.

Legal process

The notary will proceed to the writing of the preliminary contract.

This contract will determine all the special terms and conditions (as source of title) and others provisions (financial: mortgage or not for example) and all information concerning the condominium.

The buyer will get a reflection time of 10 days. During this period, the notary will send him all the information needed to be sure that the client is aware of everything:

  • Building rules and regulations
  • Modifications edited
  • Management report of the building
  • Diagnosis (apartment and building)
  • Technical information
  • Financial information

For the seller, at this moment, no reflection time is required.

Signatures day or few days later, the buyer has to transfer, to the notary, a deposit between 5 % and 10 % of the price. This amount will stay in the notary office until the final signature, where he will deduct it off the total price.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION: Usually in our agency, our fees are requested to the buyer (not the seller). It’s an advantage for the buyer (and no impact on the seller) because the notary’s fees (around 7.5 % which represents mostly government taxes) will be calculated on the sale price net (without our fees).

Regarding the notary: his independent position allows him to represent the buyer and seller. However, you are free to choose your own. In any case, he has to guide you through the legal process.

Of course, we will be at your disposal to advice and help you at each step.

Finally, at the last meeting with the notary for the final sales agreement, one last read will be conducted and additional information will be given to you before to signing.
The funds transfer should have been done the day before the signature.
With the buyer we would have proceed to a last visit to check, most of all, if the apartment didn’t get any damages between the offer and the final signature.

The notary will give you ownership’s certificate
You will get all the keys

Here we go, you are officially the new owner! CONGRATULATIONS!

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