French estate agents

Estate agents in France

French estate agents operate slightly differently from those in the UK. I can tell you this because I live in the Languedoc region of France and between1989 and 2001 I worked as an estate agent in London.

One of the main differences between French estate agents and those in the UK is that in France, or at least in the Languedoc, 95% of properties are on a multiple listing basis. The UK agents favourite, “Sole agency” doesn’t really exist here.

In theory multiple listing is better because you can go to one agent and see perhaps one, two, or even three hundred properties for sale. In practice, however, this has its down side. It’s practically impossible to keep track of what’s happening with three hundred properties that are on the market with five or six agents. This invariably leads to disappointment when you see five houses you like the look of only to discover that they all sold three weeks ago and the agent didn’t know!

The other thing to be aware of is agent’s commissions. Because different agents charge different commissions, it’s not uncommon to see the same house advertised with several agents, each quoting a different asking price.

Buying French property will be a whole new experience for most people, with new things to learn about, such as dealing with Notaires in France and finding out about French property surveys.

Languedoc Property Finders are able to help you with your search for property from start to finish so that you make good use of your trip to France, rather than flying over to be told that all the properties you wanted to see have been sold. We only work with reliable and professional local agents and so are in an ideal position to dig deep and find the properties that really suit your requirements. Contact us to find out how we can help you find your ideal Languedoc property.

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