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"It's

important

that you

are as open

as possible

about what

you want

from the

outset"

LEGGETT MAGAZINE EXPERT ADVICE

to be on the ground floor? Do

you need a garage or barns to

renovate? I would recommend

that you write these down.

There are many questions you

may not know the answer to

but there will always be a list

of "must haves". This is a great

way of finding out what is really

important to you.

USE YOUR LOCAL AGENT

Once you have agreed your

viewing itinerary you will get

to meet our local agents. They

will live and work in the area so

make sure that you exploit their

knowledge. Go armed with your

questions in advance. Pick their

brains about what it's like in

the different seasons, do local

hospitals and schools have a

good reputation, which are the

popular towns and villages with

the locals, are there any traffic

issues? Plan well and use your

time with these local experts

wisely.

Hopefully you'll find a property that matches your

brief

and you'll want to make an

offer. This is where it's important that you

already have any

financing in place.

BE PREPARED

Having an "in principle"

mortgage offer puts you in a

strong negotiating position

and speeds up the purchase

process. Vendors will always

be happier to negotiate if they

know the potential buyer is

serious and ready to move.

You'll always find that our

agency fees are included within

the asking price but don't forget

that you'll need to set aside an

extra 7-10% to pay the notaire

for his costs and search fees.

These are obligatory, but you

do have the option of choosing

your own notaire at no extra

cost. Our agents will always

be able to recommend a local

notaire if needed.

HELP AT HAND

The good news is that Leggett

Immobilier has an in-house

contracts department who will

be by your side from start to

finish. They are experienced,

bilingual and friendly to work

with and no other estate agency in France

offers this kind

of service. We even employ

our own fully qualified notaire

who can help the team with

trickier transactions. Our team

will take you through the initial

exchange of contacts (called

a compromis de vente) right

through to when you sign for

the house and pick up the keys

(the acte de vente). Timescales

vary but you'll find this usually

takes 3-4 months from having

an offer accepted to moving in.

It can be done quicker but we're

at the mercy of the notaire and,

of course, the holiday seasons!

Being France there is a mountain of

paperwork, but rest

assured we've done it thousands of

times before and we'll

make sure you fully understand

what's going on each step of

the way.

FINALLY...

All that remains is for me to

wish you all the best with your

search and to hope that you

join our roster of happy clients.

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