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Contact Beaux Villages Immobilier
+33 (0)5 56 71 36 59
+44 (0)800 270 0101 Freephone from UK
+33 (0)8 05 69 23 23 Freephone from France
An honest estate agent will be open about the fact that they have a somewhat vested interest in your sale or purchase proceeding to completion. After all, no sale, no fee. Few amongst us would put our own interests ahead of the life-changing decisions you face, but we understand why some people might think we would.
So those clients who require additional impartial advice over and above that offered by French-government appointed notaires, may contract directly with a bi-lingual solicitor.
If you have committed to this additional cost, select carefully. There are companies purporting to offer a professional and independent service who do anything but. Their fees are payable in advance and non-refundable - not unreasonable in itself.
We will advise when insurance is required (and when it is just, anyway, a good idea!). What you do is your responsibility. We are happy to pass on details of companies with whom we work.
Talk to a French bank, in English (or in French!), for a quick in-principle guide to your suitability for a loan. Or to an international broker - in one of several languages. We are happy to advise which is the most sensible route to pursue in any given circumstance.
We will translate contracts and diagnostic reports verbally without charge. Occasionally a notaire may require an accredited translator at your cost. You may, anyway, wish to engage one. We can make suggestions.
You will hear it said that, ‘We don’t have surveys in France’. If you would like a survey, at additional cost, for peace of mind, we will supply names from which you can make a choice and contract directly. As with solicitors, this is an upfront non-returnable cost. We receive no referral income.
We will, as standard, answer your questions about who we know and have used for various matters ourselves. You may see business cards and flyers in our offices.
We categorically neither endorse or oppose anyone within or excluded from this very wide-ranging category.
Beaux Villages Immobilier is happy to pass on details of local businesses and tradesmen. We do not act as an introducer to you. We explicitly give no recommendation or warranty as to their services.
If you would like a professional make-over to your home, please ask us to obtain a quote. This is often money well spent, and goes beyond the general advice we are able to offer as standard.
Property Management Services
Help with managing a property. Someone to open up prior to your arrival. Pool and garden services. We may be able to connect you with local experts.
Dealing with builders
There is a wide range of experience in this sometimes complex field. At it’s best it is industry-regulated and insurance-backed. We will tell you who we have used but we specifically make no recommendations. Buyer beware.
Few among us would buy anything without knowing the price. Yet when we mention currency exchange, we know it can sound as if we are ‘selling’ a financial add-on. If you are changing currency, you’ll need to ……change your currency. Typically, this is Sterling to Euros or vice-versa. The rate you get will affect the price you pay or receive. It’s obvious when you pause to think about it - which many of us didn’t………….
There is no way around it, but there are choices. Your bank will charge you a lot of money for this service. Currency specialists typically charge a lot less. They can because it is their specialism and they trade currency in enormous volumes.
We personally use Smart Currency Exchange. We know the owners. They offer good rates and an excellent service. They really do understand that their expertise is a sometimes or first-time experience for many of our clients. Let them be a trusted expert whilst you concentrate on finding your next home.