Frequently asked questions

If you have any questions that may not be noted here, please do not hesitate to contact us.


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Yes,  invariably we need to make arrangements with owners or keyholders.  We also recognise that your time is valuable and simply do not wish to waste it!

We will assist you throughout each stage of the buying process.

Our agency fees are included in the selling price.

The Notaire’s  fees and government  taxes are together approximately 7%, and have to be paid by the buyer. These, along with the balance of the purchase price, need to be transferred to the Notaire before completion. These fees are calculated on a sliding scale, as a percentage of the purchase cost. This percentage reduces with the value of the property.

Other taxes payable once a year are Taxe Foncière and Taxe d 'Habitation.

It is in everyone’s interests to make sure you only see properties that suit your requirements and we will do our best to select the right properties for you.  Accordingly we really do like to have a reasonable dialogue prior to a visit to fully understand your ‘wish list’.

Yes we have more, we can send you details and pictures by e-mail or post.

Our fees are included in the asking price of the property and are typically from 5 percent including tax.

We can give a rough idea of the cost or introduce you to a local builder for an estimate.

Yes we can and will usually show them to you at the time of visiting the property.

Not necessarily, it is usual for one Notaire to act for both parties.

Notaires act impartially giving advice to both sides, and suggesting mutually acceptable solutions but you have the right to instruct your own Notaire.We are always happy to advise you on the choice of a bi-lingual Notaire.

We also have on the Bedford Bailey team Claire Bailey who is an official, legally registered, translator.

Notaires fees are standard, however, should you choose to have a second Notaire involved there is no additional cost.

This is entirely up to you. We can help you find a surveyor if you wish but the survey will be at your expense.

SAFER is an agricultural body with the right to purchase agricultural properties where the land area is more than 2000m2 (or 10,000m2 in more rural locations). The Notaire will write to them after the Compromis has been signed, giving them 2 months to notify him of their wish to buy the property at the same price. Unless you have a prime piece of agricultural land or building at a knockdown price, they are unlikely to intervene. An accelerated request can be made at an additional cost.


Yes we can, for extra information please look under our 'Tarn Region' page where we have listed various sites with local accommodation including bed & breakfasts, hotels and gites.

You might like to visit Currencies Direct, whose link you will find on our website.