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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.
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.
Equity Release – if you are aged 55 or over and own your UK home outright, you might prefer to use equity release to fund your French home. BVI can help.
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.
Our trusted partners can offer:
- Tailored financial advice
- Tax planning
- Inheritance and wills
- Pension planning
- Wealth management
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’ll be with you every step of the way to your new home. At legal completion we’ll help you transfer the utilities into your name.
At this time we will agree meter readings in preparation for transfer of utilities (lifted from Lifecycle), (and agree any inventories made earlier.)
Most companies will not allow us to actually do this for you.
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.
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 and can put you in touch with people to help with insurance for: .
- Property and contents
- Health (top up Mutuelle, Private)
And also, if you need it:
- Business and commercial
- Life insurance
- School insurance
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.
Home Staging and Interior Design
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. This may be useful to you as you prepare to sell, or after you receive the keys to your new home.
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.
Renting Your Property
Working 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.