Here at Leggett Immobilier, we have been helping people sell French properties for more than 20 years, so if the time has come to sell yours, we will be happy to help you out.
If you would like to put your French property on the market with Leggett Immobilier, please feel free to contact us on: 08700 11 51 51 (UK only) +33 553 608 488 (other) or email email@example.com and we will organise for your local Leggett Immobilier agent to contact you.
All Leggett Immobilier agents live in the area in which they work, so your local agent will probably be the one that lives closest to you. This reflects the unique way that Leggett Immobilier is structured. With offices in France, a network of local agents spread across the country and a cross-section of trusted international marketing techniques to promote your property; Leggett Immobilier is able to reach a wide range of clients, whilst providing you with a consistent local agent to work with you whilst you are selling your property.
Should you decide that you would like to market your propertywith us the process is simple. Your local agent will contact youto organise a suitable time to visit the property you want tosell. During this visit your Leggett Immobilier agent will firstly:
Following the visit your Leggett Immobilier agent will send you your mandat de vente to sign and send back to the Leggett Immobilier mandat team. The mandat de vente document is, of course, in French; but should you wish for a standard English translation, please just ask your Leggett Immobilier agent and we will be more than happy to provide you with one. Only when our in-house mandat team have received your correctly signed mandat de vente can your property listing go live on our website.
in a nutshell...
There are several different types of Mandat de Vente, the most common being the ‘mandat de vente sans exclusivité’; a mandate that allows you to market your property yourself as well as with other estate agents. However, we at Leggett can also offer the Leggett Exclusive mandate which will take away the stress of dealing with multiple agencies, will improve the exposure of your property and increase the chances of a quick sale (we sell 1 in 2 of our exclusive mandates and will reimburse the costs of your diagnostics at the time of sale).
A Mandat de Vente contains information on each person that owns the property and must be signed by all parties to signify that they are all in agreement with the sale of the property The document contains a brief description of the property, as well as the cadastral references of the parcels of land included in the sale of the property. It is important that this information is correct as it can be difficult to iron-out inaccuracies when a sale is agreed on your property
The owner of every property to be sold must sign and return TWO COPIES of the Mandat de Vente to the Leggett head office. Our in-house mandat team will then sign both copies, keep one on file and return the other fully signed document to you for your records
Should you wish to cancel the Mandat de Vente, you can do so by sending a recorded delivery letter to our mandat team. Before you decide to cancel your mandat it is always worth having a conversation with your Leggett Immobilier agent
One of the things that we pride ourselves on here at Leggett Immobilier is our on-going innovation when it comes to marketing properties for our vendors. We believe that exposing your property to a broad, relevant and engaged pool of potential clients is one of the keys to success. Our central marketing team work hard exploring new ways to present your property, as beautifully and as widely as possible, to prospective purchasers.
We work hard to get your property in front of potential purchasers as we believe this is the primary way of generating sales. We use a variety of different marketing tools that include:
The photographs included in the listing of your property are extremely important in attracting potential buyers. It is for this reason that, whenever possible, we like to have your property pictured with a blue sky, well lit and showing off the most beautiful features. All Leggett Immobilier agents are trained in property photography and we have an in-house specialist who provides assistance and advice to agents on achieving the highest quality photography possible.
As part of the on-going marketing innovation, Leggett Immobilier pioneered the use of 'virtual-tours' on property listings. Usually something that vendors are required to pay for, virtual-tours are available to all Leggett Immobilier vendors, free of charge. Virtual-tours can be made for any property, but are particularly useful for larger properties. They allow clients to 'virtually' tour a property prior to visiting and are a great way to whet a client's appetite and excite them prior to their visit.
Diagnostique de Performance Energétique (DPE) and Dossier Diagnostic Technique
Prior to the marketing of your French property, it is compulsory to have a Diagnostique de Performance Energétique (DPE) undertaken by an approved expert. Whether your property is advertised by an estate agent, or privately by yourselves, the results of this test must be displayed within the listing. Leggett Immobilier will not be able to put your property listing live until we have the full results of this test. The DPE test provides information on energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, levels of insulation and other factors which may affect heating bills.
Alongside the DPE there is a second set of tests that must be carried out by an approved expert. This is called the Dossier Diagnostic Technique (DDT), and again it is the vendor's responsibility to have these carried out. We encourage vendors to have these tests undertaken as soon as possible and to pass the results to your Leggett Immobilier agent. If the tests highlight any anomalies, it is much easier for your agent to explain this to a client when they are first interested in your property. It can be unsettling for a client (and a sale) if these tests uncover an anomaly after an offer has been made.
These Dossier Diagnostic Technique tests for:
Once an interested purchaser has been found for your property, they will make an offer. We advise our clients that they should only ever make an offer on one property at a time and should stop viewing other properties as soon as an offer is made. In the same way, we urge vendors to feel committed to a purchaser once an offer has been agreed and to stop showing the property to other potential purchasers. Your Leggett Immobilier agent will handle the negotiation and will keep all parties informed as the process progresses. It is possible that a purchaser may want to include some conditions, such as needing a mortgage to finance the purchase or applying for planning permission to put in a swimming pool. This is quite a normal part of the negotiation process and conditions can be written into the initial sales document – the Compromis de Vente. As soon as the sale has been agreed, Leggett Immobilier will begin putting together all the necessary paperwork.
Compromis de Vente
The Compromis de Vente is the first of two legally binding documents which make up the French property purchasing process. This document will contain almost all of the information which is in the final Acte de Vente. Information contained within the Compromis de Vente will include:
Usually around three - four months after the signing of the Compromis de Vente, the notaire will have undertaken all of the necessary work and you will have agreed a date for the final signing of the Acte de Vente. This will take place in France, at the notaire's office. Once this final document is signed, you will hand over ownership (and keys) of your property to the new owner.
Before this meeting the notaire will ensure that the balance of funds to complete the purchase is in their bank account, this includes any funds which are being paid by a mortgage company. You will be required to provide the notaire with a IBAN to enable him/her to transfer funds (minus taxes and any mortgage repayments or Capital Gains Tax you may have to pay) to your account.
There may come a point when you decide that you want to reduce the price of your property to stimulate more interest from clients. This is a simple process: