Sellers are mostly concerned with French and English Capital gains tax (plus values immobilières) in relation to France.

We can advise on how best to address this and how to organise fiscal representatives to stand as your guarantors where these may be required.

You will also need to engage specialists to carry out inspections (expertises) that support the contract. They will be checking for the presence of termites, asbestos, lead paint, the electricity and gas installations and any other matters.

There are a number of ways where we can protect your position when considering the role of the estate agent and Notaire in the transaction. The Agent is often able to complete the first contract and can occasionally hold the deposit, but is this suitable for you? His commission, depending on the terms of the sales mandate (‘mandat de vente’) can rise to 10% of the sale price and can be paid by the seller or buyer. The Notaire is independent, with his fees normally being paid by the buyer.


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