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Top Tips for Buying Property on the French Riviera

Houses on the French Riviera

The South of France is a beautiful place to be. All year round, the French Riviera maintains its glamourous, desirability factor, with characteristic blue skies, perfect beaches, delicious food, famous festivals, it is no wonder that property is in high demand.

If you have previously overlooked the idea of buying property on the Cote d’Azur for financial reasons, now is the time to reconsider. Though the market has a reputation for being expensive, investing in the South of France may turn out to be much more affordable than you think, as the region offers fantastic value for money when compared to other popular areas around the world – London, for example.

Here are some of our top tips for buying property on the French Riviera:

  • Be Flexible: Though it is easy to set your heart on some of the gorgeous properties available, remember that the Estate Agent is likely to have a variety of different properties that match your criteria. Just like buying anywhere else, you may well plan to view just one or two properties and end up seeing half a dozen.
  • Ask Your Agent: Don’t be afraid of asking your agent as many questions as you need to, they are there to help you make the right decision and will likely have a wealth of knowledge about the surrounding area. They may well live in or near the area that you are considering, so will be able to advise and inform on anything from local schools to the best place for Sunday brunch.
  • Voice Any Concerns About Your Property: In France, the occupation of a surveyor does not exist the same way that it does in the UK or USA. However, due to the demand for properties on the French Riviera, there is an increasing number of English speaking surveyors working in France. If you do intend on consulting a surveyor, it is best to do this before you agree a price or sign a contract

  • Don’t Get Lost in Translation: Though you should find it relatively easy to find a notaire (solicitor) who speaks English, your legal documents may be in French and may contain legal terminology you’re not familiar with. If your estate agent does not offer you a translations of the sales agreement (Compromis de Vente), ask them if they can direct you to an independent translator
  • Find Your Dream Home:  You may well have only just started considering buying property on the French Riviera, but be prepared for your potential new home to sell itself as you fall in love with the Cote d’Azur. Whether you are moving over to the South of France permanently or looking for your perfect holiday home, you may find yourself hurrying things along a little more in order to secure it.

Bruce International Properties

Bruce International are a bespoke and professional real estate consultancy who offer a selection of exclusive apartments, houses and villas in the South of France; specifically the Côte d’Azur region. Our experts have a wealth of experience in the real estate industry and have provided a brief introduction into the legalities of buying a house in France.


Top Tips for Buying Property on the French Riviera

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