Steps 2, 3, 4The search for your property in France1901
As a foreigner, the search for your ideal property in France can quickly turn into a testing time. In addition to the distance that complicates your task, various problems and pitfalls may end up in your way. Working with a property finder in France is the wisest decision you can take. This professional is essential to simplify your search. We will right away free you from all the pitfalls and problems you would encounter when searching on your own. We are immediately able to offer you a wider choice of properties. In our case, we also enable you to save time and money! Indeed, collaborating with us allows you to limit your trips to France. Therefore, you save your time and limit unnecessary expenses.
After correctly identifying your project and studying its feasibility during step 1, we then look together for your ideal property using our search process. From collecting all the properties on the market matching your requirements to your single trip to France, we enable you, thanks to our funnel system, to quickly and effortlessly find the property you need!
STEP 2 Full market search
Let’s get to it! The mission to search and find your ideal property in France starts now! Our logic is to start by gathering all up to date real estate offers that perfectly match your project.
Foreign buyers are faced with various issues and pitfalls when searching for the ideal property in France. First problem to solve, where do you start your search? Indeed, there are numerous search channels available to find a property. Therefore, many of you do not know where to start!
Then, maybe you simply do not have time to search for and visit properties. If you are working, it may not be easy for you to find spare time for this! Although the number one search channel for foreigners, real estate portals have a big flaw. Indeed, sellers never update the ads!
Therefore new properties on the market are often featured alongside properties that have already been sold. Impossible for you to sort out!
By letting us do this search for you, you bypass all the difficulties that foreigners usually face. Moreover, you also avoid the traps that usually await foreign buyers.
We know where to carry out the search. Therefore, we can offer you every property on the market which correspond to your wishes. By investigating every search channels, we increase your chances to find THE property that suits you.
We can divide the search channels we use into two main categories. The main search channels and the secondary search channels. It is rarer to find suitable properties via the secondary search channels. Indeed, these properties are, in most cases, also present on one of the main channels. The opposite is extremely rare.
Main search channels:
- Offers available from Notaires
- Off market properties
- Local estate agencies
- Transactions between private individuals
- French real estate online portals
- International real estate online portals
Secondary search channels:
- Ads in trade journals
- Real estate trade shows in France
For each property we source for you, we create a template file with all the data obtained remotely. In addition to the data in the ad, we try to get as much further information as possible.
We contact the seller and ask him several additional questions about the property. This enables you to have in your hands all the up-to-date real estate offers matching your wishes.
Studying these portfolios allows you to have an overview of the properties of interest to you. You can then make a first selection.
At this stage, your future property in France is already in your hands! You are then at the top of the funnel! You will now filter and reduce the number of properties that meet your requirements. This brings you a little closer to your ideal property!
STEP 3 Pre-visits by French Property Connection
Sellers in France obviously put an ad online to increase the visibility of their property. Therefore, they generally only highlight the benefits of their homes and airbrush photos. It allows them to make their property more attractive.
Their goal is to maximise visits and increase the probability of a quick sale. A large proportion of foreigners complain about having to make trips to visit properties that ultimately are very different to the ad viewed online. Very often, the property has far more defects than originally disclosed.
We understand how disappointed you may feel. Indeed, you sometimes travel from very far, to visit a property in France. Once you get there, it turns out to be very different from the ad you viewed at home. Depending on your country of origin and the number of trips made, this quickly becomes a serious loss of money and time!
On average, foreigners make between five and six round-trips to France to find their ideal property. Add the plane tickets, hotel costs and day-to-day life, the costs quickly add up! That is why we developed a previously unheard new service to the market which quickly became one of our key benefits: the pre-visits of properties with interactive reports.
While our client relationship team is based in the United Kingdom, our real estate research centre is based in France. So, we are already close to the properties that interest you. We therefore travel for you to make a pre-visit of each property you selected.
This intermediate step enables you to limit your trips to and from France, therefore, saving you time and money! On your behalf, we also visit all the properties which are ultimately… not worth it! For each pre-visit performed, we design a comprehensive interactive portfolio. You then consult this portfolio from the comfort of your home. This gives you an insight on the property as if you had visited it yourself. In this portfolio, you will find:
- Photos of the property and the amenities you requested
- Room by room detailed report of the property (plans, surface, orientation, general condition, equipment present)
- The energy performance certificate of the property (if already performed by the seller)
- Photos and videos of the town/village in which the property is located
- List and photos of the shops and leisure facilities available in the town/ village
- Historic of transactions since the property was built
- Current progress of the sale with potential other buyers
- All the information from the council on proposed development of the city/town/village particularly in the proximity of the property.
These pre-visits and the interactive reports are very reassuring. Without travelling, you get a very comprehensive report on the properties that you found interesting during your first selection.
You can then leave aside all the properties with obvious defects not visible in the ads. The pre-visits we carried out for you highlight, all these flaws!
Without our assistance, you would have only been able to notice these defects by travelling and visiting the properties yourself. Your search is therefore a lot easier!
This second filter enables you to only retain the properties that you really like. You are now in the middle part of the funnel.
You now must filter a last time to choose your ideal property!
STEP 4 Your opportunities to visit the properties
Our pre-visit system allowed you to make sure that the properties that really interest you are free of defects. We then highly recommend a visit in person. Indeed, you need to form a formal opinion.
Once again, we deal with everything. We plan the appointments with the real estate agents involved based on your availability.
We also organise your trip and stay in France. The only thing you must do is get to the airport!
By accompanying you during the visits of the properties, we perform a double mission for you.
Indeed, in addition to introducing the properties visited, we avoid any language barrier with the real estate agent. We speak both languages so we act as interpreters.
It is with astonishment that foreign buyers often find that the French have great difficulties speaking English. Most of real estate agents that you will meet in France will not speak fluent English.
Our presence then becomes a real asset to avoid any misunderstanding.
Once you have completed the visits of all the properties of interest, you have two options.
You are not convinced by the properties that you have seen, which, of course, can happen. In this case, we carefully monitor the market in the following weeks and months. We then alert you in the event of newly marketed properties corresponding to your requirements. It is our duty to continue to accompany you to the successful completion of your project.
You are interested in one of the properties that you have visited. You now wish to buy it respecting the French property purchase process and its complex characteristics to the letter. We are then entering together into the legal acquisition, second part of the completion of your project.
This funnel system allows you to initially have in your possession all the properties matching your project. By filtering these offers twice and then travelling to France to carry out the visits, we clearly simplify your search. We also clearly limit your loss of time and save you money.
94% of foreigners we work with find their property by making a single trip! However, the hardest part is still to come. You must now purchase this property according to the French Law and its specificities. Often misunderstood by foreign buyers, this process is nevertheless quite straightforward.
What are your thoughts on our funnel system to simplify the search for your ideal property in France? Thanks to this system, you no longer have to look for your ideal property. It is instead effortlessly brought to you! You will therefore limit any loss of time and money. A single trip to France is enough. Feel free to use the comment box below if you have any questions on the search we carry out on your behalf. We will be delighted to answer them!