House buying

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The Offer
Free housebuying advice for house hunters in Brittany- no catch. With all holidays booked in our Brittany gites Les Maisons Creme, Blanche, Bleue, Rose, Violet or Orange the normal weeks rental includes free of charge:

1 House buying information for Brittany
If you are coming here to look at houses we offer a totally free one to one service to help answer your questions & concerns about the difficulties of buying a house here in France. We may be able to assist, as we`ve bought twelve and sold three houses here in Brittany. We don`t guarantee that we know it all though, but we can tell you what we have done ourselves for better or worse

2 Immigration information for Brittany
If you plan on coming here to live we`ll be happy to share what we know on health, schools, taxes, permits and even French citizenship - which we have

Why do we offer this service for free when others charge large sums ?
- It enables us to occupy our gites in the off-peak months when lettings are quietest
- It will save others making some of the mistakes we made

It's never been a better time to buy..... 2016 has seen a continuation of the drop in house prices. Local agents reckon that the housing market is at its lowest now and that in the future prices will start to rise again

Below is an initial taster of just some of the questions that we are most often asked by people buying houses in France

The Location
Where is the best location and where are houses cheapest ?
Do I buy a new house or an old barn to convert ?
How much will I pay for land ?
How much will I pay for a new build and how do I arrange for one ?

Common questions.....
Is there mains water on site ?
Is the house legally classed as habitable (if not you can't stay in it) ?
Is it in an area of outstanding beauty ?
What do I do with regard to termites & asbestos ?
What is a `Plan de Cadastre` and what does it tell me ?
What about `right of ways` (servitudes)
Do we have planning permission to renovate ?
Which works need planning permission and which don't ?
What is a `Bon visit` and why must I sign one before I view a house ?
What does this commit me to ?
What do I do if I want to buy the house ?
Is my offer binding and can I be gazumped ?
Do I have to sign immediately ?
What documentation must I supply ?
Is the price fair ?
Do I need a survey & if so how do I get one ?
How does the cess-pit (La fosse septique) work ?
How have the fosse septic laws recently changed & how much could this cost me ?
Have I sufficient land/ drainage to install a fosse septique ?
What `type` of electricity is available to the house (there is 3-36 Kw, mono and tri-phase) ?
How can I get this changed ?
Do any farmers have grazing rights ?
Who are `S.A.F.A.R` and why do they have the right to veto my purchase ?
Why could the Marie be allowed to buy the house instead of me ?
What is the `Comprimis de Vente` ?
What are `conditions suspensives` and why can these be crucial ? What's an asbestos survey for ?
What`s an energy survey for ?
What`s a lead survey for ?
Why must I pay 10% deposit straightaway and what happens if I change my mind ?
Do I need my own notaire ?
Can I use the sellers notaire or the estate agents notaire ?
Is there an English speaking one available ?
How much are the fees ?
Do I need a UK based solicitor to act on my behalf ?
How long will it be before before the house is mine ?
What is the Acte de Vente ?
Do I need to be there in person to sign it ?
How do I physically pay for the house ?

After purchase
Who must I notify ?
Do I need house insurance ?
What taxes must I pay e.g. Fonciers, habitation, rubbish collection ?
Who will sort out the utility changeovers ?
Who will `keep an eye` on the house ?
Who will cut the lawn in my absence ? (it is illegal to allow thistles to bloom or let the grass grow)
Do I need a French will and what are the inheritance laws ?
What is the importance of the Marie ?
Can I drink the water ?
If I am ill what is the procedure for seeing a specialist, a doctor or dentist ?
How does A&E work at the hospital ?
How do I get planning permission ?
Do I need a TV licence and can I get British TV ?
Is it worth importing DIY stuff ?

The Agent
Where is a good agent and how do they work ?
Is there an English speaking agent nearby ?
How much are the fees, who pays them and when ?

Bertrand Guillemot who is the owner of Bretagne Proprieties in Ploermel Tel 00 33 2 97 22 00 19. He speaks fluent English and Bretagne Proprieties Services provides a great service with four local branches in Guer, Ploermel, Malestroit and Josselin. We have bought and sold with Bertrands help and recommend him 100%. You can look at his website before you come to get an idea of prices. If it helps we will happily make you an appointment with Bertrand so you can start looking for your new house straight away

We recommend Bretagne Proprieties as we think they are the best- honest and friendly with great service.. We don't get commission or anything else from them

Please note. We offer this service free of charge. We do not get any commission/ payments or fees from any agents, artisans, builders or any other persons or businesses. It is based solely on our own personal experiences. We cannot and do not guarantee any part of what we say and accept no liability for any information we supply. Please take your own independent financial and legal advice before buying a house in France

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