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We have built up a lot of valuable contacts over the years and we are happy to pass that information on to you to make your property purchase or sale easier 

Legal services

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. 
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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. 

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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. 

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Translation services

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.

Local services

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.


Whilst you will find excellent French schools throughout the South West, you might find it interesting to look into international schools.  Tersac is one such school.  Under an hour from central Bordeaux it hosts children from all over the world. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss her personal experience of the school.


Home Staging

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.

Renting Your Property

A second home can often pay for its own upkeep if you choose to rent it out for part of the year.  Good marketing is the key to filling as many weeks as possible.  We can put you in touch with a successful agency to help drive your bookings. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

Currency Exchange

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.

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Burke Bros carry out hundreds of moves on behalf of families and individuals to and from France every year and operate services to and from all departments of France on a weekly basis. For over 35 years Burke Bros Moving Group have been the market leaders for moving to France. They employ the most experienced, trustworthy and professional removals team you will find.

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