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Gatehouse International are specialists in marketing overseas properties. If you are looking to buy a property in France, then you have come to the right place.

We have villas, apartments, bargains, beach front and sea view homes for sale. We cover most regions of France including The Cote d’Azur, Languedoc Rousillon, Provence and Brittainy.

Price: €121000
Area: Beziers
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Country: France

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Price: €121000
Area: Beziers
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Country: France

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Price: €129800
Area: Beziers
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Country: France

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Price: €99000
Area: Beziers
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Country: France

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Price: €99000
Area: Beziers
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Country: France

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Price: €115500
Area: Beziers
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Country: France

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Price: €231000
Area: Beziers
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Country: France

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Price: €108900
Area: Beziers
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Country: France

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Price: €399600
Area: Beziers
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Country: France

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Price: €165000
Area: Beziers
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Country: France

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Price: €376640
Area: Beziers
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Country: France

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Price: €148500
Area: Beziers
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Country: France

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Price: €71500
Area: Beziers
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Country: France

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Price: €209000
Area: Beziers
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Country: France

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Price: €773800
Area: Beziers
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Country: France

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Our Elite division caters for properties over €1 million – especially in the South of France, or in the South and West where we have some wonderful chateux and wine producing estates.

Click here to view Elite properties for sale in Portugal, over €1 million

Whatever you’re looking for, please let us know and we will do our best to find you the very best properties for sale.

Many visitors to France head toward the sandy coves & beaches, pretty fishing villages and the wonderful mountains. However, beyond the bustling resorts there is plenty to explore, including the rugged landscapes, sophisticated cities and distinctly contrasting cultures.

If you are looking to buy a house in France, whether as a holiday home, to live in France for retirement, or to work, our appointed agents will guide you through the purchase process, from the initial contract, to completion and signing the acte authentique.

This brief guide includes a review of the main legal issues you need to consider, as well as information on fees and taxes, surveys and the different forms of property ownership possible in France.

 

  • Easy access to fly in & out of France. From the UK, the flying time is less than 2 hours
  • As well as being famous for its beaches, France also offers many other outdoor sporting activities to enjoy
  • In addition to good food and fine wines, France is very proud of its history and culture, so there should be something of interest for everyone

 

The process of buying property in France is fairly straightforward. Like any property purchase, the general rule is that you should purchase a property using a legal advisor.

If you have a limited knowledge of French , you may feel more confident than you should. Unless you are fully confident that you know what is being said, get some assistance with translation. Knowledge is power!

Take care on the content of written offers. Ensure they state that the offer is subject to such conditions that will be elaborated further in a sale and purchase contract.

Take advice before signing a sale and purchase contract prepared by an estate agent. Estate agents act for the vendor so you need to ensure the contract is equitable. Preferably only sign in front of a notaire, or your legal advisor.

If at all possible, appoint your own notaire to act for you in the transaction, rather than using a single notaire on a shared basis with the vendor.

If you are unsure whether you are paying over the odds ask your own notaire for their opinion as they will be familiar with the actual selling prices for properties in the area.

The notaire is not going to verify everything you need to know about the property, so it is imperative you make your own pre-contract enquiries. You could also ask the notaire for the contact number of a surveyor if you’re unsure about the property condition.

If you are seeking a mortgage to buy the property it is imperative you include a conditional clause in the sale contract, such as “the purchase is subject to a suitable mortgage offer”. You should also include conditional clauses relating to planning and other matters as necessary.

If the seller owns additional land or buildings adjoining the property not included in the sale, endeavour to include a clause in the sale contract granting you the right of first refusal in the event of future sale of the property.

A 10% deposit is not obligatory, as a lesser sum is equally valid, so you may be able to get away with offering a lower deposit.

The vendor is obliged to provide a number of statutory survey reports, which you should verify with the notaire. These surveys fall well short of a full building survey, so do not be over-reliant upon these reports.

The vendor is also obliged to make a number of statutory disclosures, which you should verify in front of the notaire and include in the contract, e.g. condition, tenancies.

Insist that any clause that exonerates the seller from ‘hidden/latent defects’ is not included in the sale contract.

Establish with the vendor, and confirm with the notaire in the contract, the fixtures and fittings that are to remain in the property.

If you are an unmarried couple it is imperative you buy on a joint basis in order to protect the interests of each party. Seek further advice on this.

If you are married then if you wish your surviving spouse to inherit all of your estate, you should adopt a French marriage contract or buy en tontine.

If you are not married, or you are buying as an unrelated group of people, then you should consider buying through a property company, called a Société Civile Immobilière (SCI).

On the day of completion, or the day before completion takes place, visit the property to ensure all is as it should be, particularly in relation to fixtures and fittings before the final payment is passed over to the seller.

The legal fees and taxes in connection with purchase are not inconsiderable, but there are steps you may be able to take to reduce these costs. Start by talking to the estate agent about this.

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