Buying a house in France? Ten things you need to think about
Buying a house in France can be daunting, and even if you have the money, you might be put off from doing it. With the help of various estate agents, expert Jon Lewis who has wrote the book "How We Didn't Buy a House in Besançon", and Patrick Joseph who runs the My French House website, The Local has put together a list of ten things you need really to think about when buying in France.
Ask a broker: Instead of negotiating with the banks for the best mortgage deal you can ask a broker or "courtier" to do it for you. A courtier will have contacts at banks and be able to get you the best deal, in theory anyway. They’ll take a look at your bank statements and work out what you can get and what you need to do. It can save you a lot of hassle and most seem to think it’s worth it. A courtier’s fee normally is linked to the amount you borrow. If he/she fails you pay nothing.