Making an offer on a property – our Guide

12th August 2017 |

Making an offer on a property in France – A Guide

Q: Can I make my offer verbally or does it have to be in writing?

A: In practice you can do either, but we’d recommend putting it in
writing, either via letter or email.

Q: Do I have to offer the asking price?

A: As Agents we’ll put any offer through to the vendors. When we
receive an offer from you, we’ll discuss whether we think there is a
realistic chance of acceptance – this will vary from case to case,
but remember very low offers may well be taken badly by French
vendors – hindering further negotiations

Q: Will we need to place a deposit with you?

A: No, it’s illegal for Agents to take monies at the time of an offer.
You should only pay a deposit over when you sign a reservation
contract or a compromis de vente, and our advice would be to
transfer that directly to your notaries client account.

Q: Why have you asked for proof of ID?

A: As both UK and French licensed Estate Agents, we need to
comply with the money laundering regulations, and so will require
amongst other things, proof of Identification, address and source of

Q: What happens if the offer is accepted?

A: We’ll notify both notaries of the details, who will then draw up
the initial contract between them – including any specific clauses
(for example for a mortgage or a delayed completion) that you
have stipulated in your offer. Your notary will be on hand to answer
any legal questions you have.

For information only – do not substitute for good legal advice – always check with your notary

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