The Notaire and I

I provide a relatively unique service to English speaking people looking to purchase a property here in France. Thanks to my years of experience working with notaires as a clerc/n├ęgociatrice in the Groupement Notarial du Carcassonnais, I am able to guide you successfully through the process of buying or selling your property in France.

Coming through me ensures a British quality service, in English from start to finish. My privileged relations with some of the most respected notaires’ firms in the area ensure that your purchase goes through smoothly and that you are sure of avoiding all the nightmare situations you ‘ve probably heard about from British TV, and believe me, the unsuspecting can get terribly and expensively burnt.

As soon as you contact me I will put you in touch with a competant notaire. I then become your sole contact, liasing between all the parties at all times. I will take care of all the details and work needed to have the preliminary sales contract drawn up as quickly as possible. I will also provide you with a translation of the contracts and the results of the various surveys carried out on the property (see “The Six step Guide” on the Buying a Property page).

As the purchase advances I keep you up to date and inform you immediately should anything unusual come to light. Don’t worry about the geography, as there is no particular reason why the notaire dealing with your purchase needs to be in the same area as the property you are buying or the sellers notaire.

Communication is my key word, so I like to make sure that everyone is aware of what’s happening at each stage. Even when not much is happening, it’s nice to be part of the loop and feel reassured. I’m always available to answer questions and explain things. Remember, you are under the responsability of a foreign legal system, so it is important to understand what’s happening and why at each step. That’s why I’m happy to be contacted by e-mail or by phone. There are no silly questions, just questions that neeed to be answered.

When the amount of the fees that you will be paying – stamp duties, taxes, etc. – are given to you at the beginning, they will include my services:

  • a native English speaker as sole contact.
  • someone experienced in the French legal system to explain the buying process to you in detail.
  • one number to call to get instant reassurance and answers to all your questions.
  • all documents translated.
  • one person who knows what everyone’s doing.
  • someone competant who you can count on to sign all the paperwork on your behalf when the miles are too much.

Perfide Albion

My agency, Perfide Albion, also provides a wide range of services to make France easy living. From simple document translations to settling boundary disputes or helping to deal with complications with the various taxes , even filling your tax form in! See my Home page for more details or contact me directly.

Remember, my first consultation is free.

Rachel Thomas-Bonnet, Gibalaux le Haut, 11800 Laure Minervois FRANCE

OFFICE: +33 (0)9 82 46 77 35   |   MOBILE: +33 (0)6 62 78 39 77   |   FAX: +33 (0)9 81 40 11 40