An introduction to buying property in France

Buying property in France may appear to be a complex and daunting task, particularly if you do not speak the language and do not have knowledge of how the French legal system works. At Ascendant our aim is to take the stress and strain out of the buying process, by offering a professional and comprehensive service from the moment you make contact with us through to the day you are handed your keys.
As a French estate agent we are paid commission upon the completion of a sale, there are no extra charges for our services.
In order to offer you some initial help and guidance we have outlined some of the main points to be aware of when buying property in France. We are also very happy to explain the purchasing process for both resale and off-plan properties in more detail when we meet you face-to-face.
Back to top

Points to consider
As soon as you have contacted us to express an interest in viewing one of our properties we will spend time talking to you to identify your requirements in more detail. The type of information which is helpful to us is as follows:

  • Is this a holiday home or main residence?
  • If your purchase is to be a main residence will you be working, if so where?
  • If your purchase is to be a holiday home are you looking for somewhere to use in both winter and summer or one season only?
  • If this purchase is to a holiday home, what are your intended hobbies whilst you’re here – skiing, walking, cycling, swimming, paragliding and so on?
  • Have you pin-pointed an area or are you flexible?
  • How often do you intend to visit your property and how critical is fast access?
  • How many people does the property need to sleep?
  • Are you prepared to undertake any renovation work or are you seeking something ready-to-move-into?
  • What type of property are you looking for – a chalet for family and friends or perhaps a low-maintenance apartment?
  • What style of property do you like – are you a fan of traditional alpine design or is a more contemporary style more to your taste?
  • Have you visited the area before or is this your first time?
  • What is your total budget – bearing in mind that you will need to pay taxes and notaire’s fees as well as the sale price of any property purchase?
  • Are your finances in place – is your cash deposit in place, have you spoken to your bank or a French lender about a mortgage or is this a cash purchase?
  • Do you need your alpine property to generate a rental income – is this purely an investment purchase or business combined with pleasure?
  • Have you previously visited alpine properties with a view to purchase?

Once we have discussed your search criteria we will have built up a comprehensive view of the type of property and locations that are most likely to suit your needs. This will allow us to propose a range of suitable properties which could include properties or areas that you have not previously considered. As well searching our own portfolio we are also able to contact our local French estate agency partners to identify whether any properties in their portfolios fit your criteria. Our aim is to ensure that we spend constructive time together to find you the perfect property for you.