Buying a house in France.
Buying a house in France is still a much cherished wish of many people.
Burgundy is an obvious choice; one day drive from the Netherlands, a beautiful hilly region, a pleasant climate, very friendly residents, a spacious property and still very reasonably priced houses.
After choosing the region, the choice for the type of house and its location follows.
Often the stereotype choice is a free-standing characteristic house with a beautiful view and preferably a few thousand meters of land. An understandable choice, because these are precisely the things that are lacking in and around our busy cities.
We do our best to select from the wide range of houses that we think we can make a future buyer very happy with. Ultimately it is all about your holiday pleasure and / or possible rental possibilities.
Make a wish list for yourself with the priorities that a house has to meet. Of course, your budget is also decisive, but do not hesitate to look at houses that may be slightly above your budget. You would not be the first to cross a line with a seemingly ridiculously low bid.
Take a long weekend or week to visit the selection of houses you have made with the selling broker (s). Often it is "love at first sight" and the priorities on the wish list suddenly turn out to be less important.
If after a second or third viewing you are still so enthusiastic, do not hesitate to make a bid. We have already seen too many customers who wanted to think about it for a while and saw the house of their dreams pass by.
Bidding on a property often differs from what you are used to. You expect that your bid will offer a counter-offer from the seller, but it is common in France that a bid that is too low in the eyes of the seller is simply rejected and the door remains closed for further negotiations.
Look carefully how long the house is for sale and whether the seller is in a hurry or not. At a house that has recently been put on sale, the seller will be less inclined to substantially lower the price.
In addition to the cost of the purchase price, an average of 7% transfer tax and notary costs are incurred. The more expensive the house, the lower this percentage.
If your offer is accepted, the broker will make the provisional purchase contract. On average, it takes about three months before the transfer takes place at the notary. That this takes so long is because a number of procedures have to be followed that are time-consuming.
And then the great enjoyment of your dream home can begin.