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The role of a Notaire

Notaire - a public officer

A Notaire is a public officer who operates in every area of law including family, property, inheritance, asset management, company law, countryside law, local authorities, etc.They act on behalf of the State and is appointed by the Minister of Justice, and the fact that a contract is drawn up by a Notaire is a guarantee of its legality and authenticity.

Notaire - a self-employed professional

Although they have public authority, the Notaire operates on a self-employed basis and is responsible for their own office. They are self-employed professional who are paid by their clients (and not the taxpayers) on the basis of a rate fixed by the State for the services he provides. The term "notaire fees" when associated with property sales usually includes not only the Notaire's own remuneration and expenses, but also the sales tax and stamp duty that he collects on behalf of the state.

French Property sales

One or more Notaires will be appointed to oversee every property sale in France. A Notaire will work in close collaboration with your estate agent throughout the property sales procedure. He will ensure that all legal requirements are met, and that all parties are aware of their rights and obligations. He carries out various searches, establishes title, advises the parties on inheritance and financial issues, draws up the final sales deed, and registers the sale at the land registry. The choice of Notaires is the prerogative of the buyer, who is responsible for paying all the notaire fees and stamp duty on a purchase.

The vendor does not pay the fees but may still choose to involve a second notaire (common for French vendors who may have a trusted 'family' notaire). Notaires sharing the workload also share the fees, which are determined by the State on a sliding scale according to the purchase price. Thus it does not cost any more to use two Notaires, but will probably take longer for the legal formalities to be accomplished. If you have no experience of French property purchase, we recommend that you be guided by your estate agent as to the choice of notaire for your particular transaction.

French Estate agents and Notaires

A French registered estate agent or 'agent immobilier' is licenced to draw up private contracts between the parties. These take the form of sales mandates, written offers, and most importantly the 'compromis de vente' or 'sous-seing privé', the pre-sales contract in which all the terms and conditions of the sale are laid down.The notaire may also draw up pre-sales contracts (and may even act as an estate agent, with a scale of fees for this on top of the usual notaire fees). But upon completion, it is the Notaire only who is authorized to draw up, witness and register the authenticated deed which defines the transfer of property – the Acte de Vente. Final completion is thus a formal affair, where the notaire receives the parties in his office and reads out to them the terms of the official deed of sale and all its annexes, before witnessing everyone's signatures..After completion, the notaire will register the sale, will give all parties a written certificate of the transaction, and will in due course (after a couple of months)  send the buyer a stamped authenticated copy of the final sales deed, which is in effect the 'title deed' for the property.

More information can be found on the official Notaires' website: click here.

Charente

4 Bedroom Maison de Maître

Land: 5,800m²

689,000€ HAI

Charente

4 Bedroom Country house

Land: 4,825m²

318,000€ HAI

Charente

3 Bedroom Single storey property

Land: 1,047m²

130,000€ HAI

Charente

2 Bedroom Country house

Land: 4,505m²

152,000€ HAI

Charente-Maritime

3 Bedroom Town House

Land: 2,116m²

160,000€ HAI

Charente

11 Bedroom Country house

Land: 47,460m²

551,200€ HAI

Charente

3 Bedroom Mill

Land: 18,300m²

998,000€ HAI

Charente

Town House

45,000€ HAI

Dordogne

2 Bedroom House

Land: 1,659m²

80,000€ HAI

Aude

4 Bedroom House

Land: 1,582m²

299,000€ HAI

Aude

4 Bedroom House

Land: 3,085m²

299,999€ HAI

Aude

4 Bedroom House

Land: 1,475m²

249,500€ HAI

Aude

5 Bedroom Country house with Gite(s)

Land: 63,116m²

430,000€ HAI

Deux-Sèvres

5 Bedroom Mill

Land: 6,278m²

530,000€ HAI

Charente

4 Bedroom Water Mill with Gite(s)

Land: 5,825m²

333,900€ HAI

Charente

9 Bedroom House with Gite(s)

Land: 14,645m²

503,500€ HAI

Dordogne

4 Bedroom House

Land: 4,613m²

296,800€ HAI

Charente

2 Bedroom Mill

Land: 2,721m²

208,820€ HAI

Dordogne

4 Bedroom House

Land: 2,527m²

160,000€ HAI

Charente

3 Bedroom Country house

Land: 2,714m²

348,740€ HAI

Aude

Village House

55,000€ HAI

Charente-Maritime

5 Bedroom Maison de Maître

Land: 13,579m²

185,500€ HAI

Charente

3 Bedroom Village House

Land: 1,977m²

330,558€ HAI

Charente

3 Bedroom Village House

Land: 654m²

105,000€ HAI

Charente

4 Bedroom Country house

Land: 3,203m²

185,500€ HAI

Charente

4 Bedroom Village House

Land: 291m²

80,000€ HAI

Charente-Maritime

4 Bedroom Village House

Land: 545m²

209,000€ HAI

Charente

3 Bedroom Single storey property

Land: 1,465m²

120,000€ HAI

Charente

4 Bedroom House

Land: 98,826m²

339,200€ HAI

Aude

2 Bedroom Town House

Land: 173m²

100,000€ HAI

Charente

6 Bedroom Village House

Land: 378m²

265,000€ HAI

Charente

7 Bedroom Maison de Maître with Gite(s)

Land: 10,639m²

689,000€ HAI

Charente

6 Bedroom House with Gite(s)

Land: 9,177m²

360,400€ HAI

Dordogne

3 Bedroom House

Land: 32,783m²

238,500€ HAI

Vienne

9 Bedroom Chateau

Land: 54,717m²

848,000€ HAI

Charente-Maritime

10 Bedroom Country house with Gite(s)

Land: 6,127m²

477,000€ HAI

Aude

4 Bedroom Town House

130,000€ HAI

Aude

4 Bedroom Village House

130,000€ HAI

Charente

5 Bedroom House

Land: 2,320m²

280,000€ HAI

Dordogne

4 Bedroom Country house

Land: 26,005m²

399,090€ HAI

Aude

4 Bedroom Country house

Land: 1,299m²

398,000€ HAI

Charente

3 Bedroom House

Land: 920m²

134,500€ HAI

Charente

2 Bedroom Country house

Land: 1,748m²

110,000€ HAI

Charente

4 Bedroom Country house

Land: 1,170m²

200,000€ HAI

Charente-Maritime

4 Bedroom House with Gite(s)

Land: 2,080m²

249,950€ HAI

Charente

4 Bedroom Country house

Land: 10,357m²

286,200€ HAI

Charente

3 Bedroom House with Gite(s)

110,000€ HAI

Charente

3 Bedroom Country house

Land: 7,445m²

150,000€ HAI

Charente

3 Bedroom Country house

Land: 12,130m²

325,000€ HAI

Aude

7 Bedroom Chateau

Land: 57,000m²

1,250,000€ HAI

Charente-Maritime

3 Bedroom Maison de Maître

Land: 499m²

180,000€ HAI

Aude

Land only

Land: 2,997m²

50,000€ HAI

Charente

3 Bedroom Country house

Land: 6,952m²

188,680€ HAI

Ariège

4 Bedroom Village House

Land: 738m²

199,000€ HAI

Dordogne

3 Bedroom House

Land: 6,465m²

371,000€ HAI

Dordogne

3 Bedroom Country house

Land: 57,014m²

399,620€ HAI

Deux-Sèvres

3 Bedroom Country house

Land: 1,566m²

105,000€ HAI

Charente

3 Bedroom House

Land: 2,003m²

90,000€ HAI

Charente

2 Bedroom House over basement

Land: 675m²

120,000€ HAI

Charente

5 Bedroom Manor house

Land: 3,400m²

190,800€ HAI

Haute-Garonne

8 Bedroom Chateau

Land: 35,063m²

1,200,000€ HAI

Charente

2 Bedroom House

Land: 562m²

105,000€ HAI

Charente

4 Bedroom Country house

Land: 2,455m²

185,500€ HAI

Charente-Maritime

3 Bedroom Village House

Land: 232m²

90,000€ HAI

Aude

6 Bedroom Country house with Gite(s)

Land: 2,320m²

595,000€ HAI

Charente-Maritime

4 Bedroom House

Land: 788m²

150,000€ HAI

Charente

6 Bedroom Country house with Gite(s)

Land: 5,848m²

275,600€ HAI

Charente

7 Bedroom Village House

Land: 234,503m²

487,600€ HAI

Charente

5 Bedroom House

Land: 9,361m²

530,000€ HAI

Dordogne

8 Bedroom Maison de Maître with Gite(s)

Land: 1,702m²

561,800€ HAI

Deux-Sèvres

4 Bedroom Village House

Land: 325m²

135,000€ HAI

Charente-Maritime

3 Bedroom Village House

Land: 344m²

120,000€ HAI

Charente

10 Bedroom Country house with Gite(s)

Land: 5,657m²

685,000€ HAI

Charente

3 Bedroom Mill

Land: 7,000m²

455,800€ HAI

Aude

5 Bedroom Town House

Land: 797m²

350,000€ HAI

Deux-Sèvres

2 Bedroom House with Gite(s)

Land: 3,581m²

175,000€ HAI

Aude

7 Bedroom Country house with Gite(s)

Land: 10,240m²

636,000€ HAI

Paris

2 Bedroom Apartment

1,390,000€ HAI

Paris

3 Bedroom Apartment

1,897,000€ HAI

Paris

Apartment - studio

399,000€ HAI

Paris

1 Bedroom Apartment

536,000€ HAI

Paris

2 Bedroom Apartment

749,000€ HAI

Paris

3 Bedroom Apartment

938,000€ HAI

Paris

4 Bedroom Apartment

1,416,000€ HAI

Paris

2 Bedroom Apartment

1,095,000€ HAI

Paris

4 Bedroom Apartment

1,463,000€ HAI

Paris

Apartment - studio

850,000€ HAI

Paris

3 Bedroom Apartment

5,300,000€ HAI

Var

4 Bedroom Villa

3,550,000€ HAI

Var

3 Bedroom Villa

3,570,000€ HAI

Var

3 Bedroom Penthouse

1,290,000€ HAI

Isère

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,384,000€ HAI

Isère

5 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,647,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

344,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

887,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,077,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

2,175,000€ HAI

Savoie

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

925,000€ HAI

Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,350,000€ HAI

Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

2,095,000€ HAI

Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

3,795,000€ HAI

Savoie

4 Bedroom Penthouse

2,495,000€ HAI

Savoie

5 Bedroom Ski Chalet

6,995,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

Apartment - studio

275,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

316,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

768,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,495,000€ HAI

Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,596,401€ HAI

Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,648,913€ HAI

Savoie

5 Bedroom Ski Apartment

2,264,355€ HAI

Savoie

6 Bedroom Ski Apartment

2,239,365€ HAI

Savoie

6 Bedroom Ski Apartment

3,474,000€ HAI

Savoie

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

460,000€ HAI

Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

830,000€ HAI

Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,750,000€ HAI

Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Chalet

2,190,000€ HAI

Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Chalet

2,120,000€ HAI

Savoie

5 Bedroom Ski Chalet

3,790,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

Apartment - studio

255,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

360,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

383,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

567,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

820,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

303,600€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

378,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

579,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

859,600€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

800,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

5 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,120,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

398,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

499,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

580,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,000,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

Apartment - studio

236,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

368,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

538,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,030,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

5 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,390,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

652,500€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

712,500€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,780,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

Apartment - studio

255,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

360,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

383,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

567,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

820,000€ HAI

Aude

6 Bedroom Maison de Maître

Land: 1,500m²

495,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

Apartment - studio

195,000€ HAI

Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,770,000€ HAI

Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

2,080,000€ HAI

Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

2,545,000€ HAI

Savoie

5 Bedroom Ski Apartment

4,925,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

5 Bedroom Ski Apartment

2,150,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

305,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

470,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

590,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

905,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

5 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,080,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

266,900€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

411,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

519,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

280,800€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

374,400€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

571,200€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,058,400€ HAI

Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

950,000€ HAI

Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

2,236,000€ HAI

Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

2,115,000€ HAI

Savoie

4 Bedroom Penthouse

4,988,000€ HAI

Var

3 Bedroom Apartment

385,830€ HAI

Var

4 Bedroom Apartment

725,337€ HAI

Var

5 Bedroom Apartment

825,337€ HAI

Var

6 Bedroom Apartment

825,337€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,005,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,365,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

5 Bedroom Ski Apartment

2,195,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,200,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Chalet

1,350,000€ HAI

Charente

2 Bedroom House

Land: 3,522m²

163,000€ HAI

Paris

Apartment - studio

437,000€ HAI

Paris

1 Bedroom Apartment

633,000€ HAI

Paris

2 Bedroom Apartment

882,000€ HAI

Paris

3 Bedroom Apartment

1,226,000€ HAI

Paris

4 Bedroom Apartment

2,016,000€ HAI

Deux-Sèvres

7 Bedroom House

Land: 12,463m²

302,100€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,490,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Chalet

2,042,584€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

720,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,945,000€ HAI

Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,085,000€ HAI

Charente

2 Bedroom Village House

35,000€ HAI

Charente

Group of properties

Land: 848m²

50,000€ HAI

Deux-Sèvres

10 Bedroom Country house with Gite(s)

Land: 6,898m²

333,900€ HAI

Dordogne

6 Bedroom Maison de Maître

Land: 1,260m²

365,700€ HAI

Isère

Apartment - studio

207,000€ HAI

Isère

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

269,000€ HAI

Isère

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

378,000€ HAI

Isère

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

792,000€ HAI

Charente-Maritime

18 Bedroom House with Gite(s)

Land: 12,000m²

901,000€ HAI

Hauts-de-Seine

Apartment - studio

780,000€ HAI

Hauts-de-Seine

1 Bedroom Apartment

840,000€ HAI

Hauts-de-Seine

2 Bedroom Apartment

1,587,000€ HAI

Hauts-de-Seine

3 Bedroom Penthouse

2,275,000€ HAI

Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

2,650,000€ HAI

Charente-Maritime

4 Bedroom House

Land: 525m²

196,100€ HAI

Charente-Maritime

3 Bedroom House

100,000€ HAI

Charente

4 Bedroom Country house with Gite(s)

Land: 5,439m²

487,600€ HAI

Dordogne

3 Bedroom Town House

Land: 435m²

120,000€ HAI

Charente

1 Bedroom Village House

Land: 266m²

80,000€ HAI

Charente-Maritime

3 Bedroom House with Gite(s)

Land: 464m²

130,000€ HAI

Dordogne

1 Bedroom Single storey property

Land: 2,310m²

105,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

474,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

580,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

945,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

5 Bedroom Ski Apartment

2,118,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

399,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

750,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

925,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

Apartment - studio

161,900€ HAI

Charente

4 Bedroom House

Land: 2,600m²

286,200€ HAI

Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

685,000€ HAI

Charente

5 Bedroom House with Gite(s)

Land: 3,364m²

424,000€ HAI

Charente-Maritime

2 Bedroom House with Gite(s)

Land: 10,372m²

190,800€ HAI

Deux-Sèvres

6 Bedroom Country house with Gite(s)

Land: 19,553m²

477,000€ HAI

Charente

2 Bedroom Country house

Land: 3,736m²

110,000€ HAI

Charente

4 Bedroom Country house with Gite(s)

Land: 1,979m²

350,000€ HAI

Charente

4 Bedroom House

Land: 16,348m²

499,949€ HAI

Charente-Maritime

7 Bedroom House with Gite(s)

Land: 4,282m²

291,500€ HAI

Charente

3 Bedroom House

Land: 4,733m²

498,200€ HAI

Charente-Maritime

3 Bedroom House with Gite(s)

Land: 1,825m²

196,100€ HAI

Charente-Maritime

2 Bedroom House with Gite(s)

Land: 3,061m²

155,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

404,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

724,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

826,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

297,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

495,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

990,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

950,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

525,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

635,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

859,000€ HAI

Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Chalet

1,275,400€ HAI

Paris

3 Bedroom Apartment

2,110,000€ HAI