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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

5 Bedroom House with Gite(s)

Land: 8,374m²

333,900€ HAI

Charente

2 Bedroom Village House

Land: 340m²

175,000€ HAI

Deux-Sèvres

3 Bedroom Country house

Land: 439m²

170,000€ HAI

Charente

3 Bedroom Mill

Land: 7,000m²

477,000€ HAI

Dordogne

4 Bedroom House over basement

Land: 2,527m²

130,000€ HAI

Charente

2 Bedroom House with Gite(s)

Land: 1,300m²

150,000€ HAI

Charente

4 Bedroom House

Land: 5,437m²

150,000€ HAI

Haute-Garonne

5 Bedroom Country house

Land: 12,805m²

680,000€ HAI

Charente

11 Bedroom Country house

Land: 47,460m²

551,200€ HAI

Charente

2 Bedroom Single storey property

Land: 626m²

85,000€ HAI

Charente

3 Bedroom Country house

Land: 4,497m²

296,000€ HAI

Charente

5 Bedroom Country house

Land: 2,700m²

395,000€ HAI

Charente

4 Bedroom Village House

Land: 731m²

330,000€ HAI

Charente

2 Bedroom Country house

Land: 3,522m²

163,000€ HAI

Charente

3 Bedroom Country house

Land: 2,765m²

318,000€ HAI

Charente

2 Bedroom Country house

Land: 84,173m²

212,000€ HAI

Charente

4 Bedroom House over basement

Land: 4,822m²

339,200€ HAI

Charente-Maritime

3 Bedroom Village House

Land: 344m²

120,000€ HAI

Ariège

3 Bedroom House

Land: 2,197m²

350,000€ HAI

Charente

2 Bedroom House

Land: 1,000m²

243,800€ HAI

Vienne

3 Bedroom Mill

Land: 4,751m²

498,200€ HAI

Charente

3 Bedroom House

Land: 1,958m²

318,000€ HAI

Aude

4 Bedroom Village House

Land: 200m²

280,000€ HAI

Charente

4 Bedroom Country house

Land: 25,242m²

333,900€ HAI

Charente

3 Bedroom Mill

Land: 18,300m²

848,000€ HAI

Dordogne

3 Bedroom Village House

Land: 722m²

89,000€ HAI

Dordogne

6 Bedroom Village House

Land: 882m²

141,700€ HAI

Vienne

2 Bedroom Town House

Land: 193m²

49,000€ HAI

Ariège

5 Bedroom Town House

299,000€ HAI

Dordogne

2 Bedroom House with Gite(s)

Land: 1,300m²

150,000€ HAI

Dordogne

3 Bedroom Village House

Land: 160m²

68,000€ HAI

Charente

2 Bedroom Mill

Land: 21,594m²

328,600€ HAI

Aude

3 Bedroom Village House

Land: 1,764m²

290,000€ HAI

Aude

4 Bedroom Town House

Land: 605m²

280,000€ HAI

Aude

6 Bedroom Country house

Land: 15,140m²

845,000€ HAI

Aude

3 Bedroom Village House

Land: 990m²

245,000€ HAI

Charente

3 Bedroom Country house

Land: 1,349m²

185,500€ HAI

Aude

4 Bedroom Village House

Land: 108m²

70,000€ HAI

Ariège

11 Bedroom Group of properties

Land: 114,849m²

1,575,000€ HAI

Charente

3 Bedroom House

Land: 3,075m²

190,000€ HAI

Dordogne

4 Bedroom Village House

Land: 697m²

85,000€ HAI

Charente

2 Bedroom House

Land: 1,000m²

243,800€ HAI

Aude

4 Bedroom House

Land: 1,415m²

499,000€ HAI

Deux-Sèvres

5 Bedroom Village House

Land: 14,414m²

150,000€ HAI

Charente

8 Bedroom Manor house

Land: 69,865m²

593,600€ HAI

Charente

3 Bedroom House

Land: 11,613m²

170,000€ HAI

Charente

3 Bedroom Village House

Land: 1,811m²

140,000€ HAI

Ariège

Manor house

Land: 6,000m²

850,000€ HAI

Dordogne

2 Bedroom Country house

Land: 7,670m²

190,800€ HAI

Aude

Barn

Land: 1,610m²

65,000€ HAI

Charente

4 Bedroom Country house

Land: 2,636m²

291,500€ HAI

Dordogne

6 Bedroom Maison de Maître with Gite(s)

Land: 1,260m²

411,000€ HAI

Aude

4 Bedroom Village House

125,000€ HAI

Aude

4 Bedroom Farm

Land: 89,188m²

395,000€ HAI

Charente

3 Bedroom House over basement

Land: 675m²

130,000€ HAI

Dordogne

4 Bedroom House

Land: 917m²

95,000€ HAI

Aude

4 Bedroom House

Land: 1,582m²

285,000€ HAI

Deux-Sèvres

10 Bedroom Country house with Gite(s)

Land: 6,898m²

333,900€ HAI

Vienne

4 Bedroom Water Mill with Gite(s)

Land: 4,363m²

489,000€ HAI

Ariège

8 Bedroom Country house with Gite(s)

Land: 38,018m²

795,000€ HAI

Charente

Barn

28,000€ HAI

Vienne

5 Bedroom Maison de Maître

Land: 3,997m²

348,999€ HAI

Charente

3 Bedroom Country house

Land: 1,705m²

296,800€ HAI

Haute-Garonne

7 Bedroom Chateau

Land: 67,459m²

1,270,000€ HAI

Aude

16 Bedroom Country house with Gite(s)

Land: 9,027m²

990,000€ HAI

Aude

3 Bedroom Bungalow

Land: 1,249m²

230,000€ HAI

Deux-Sèvres

3 Bedroom Country house

Land: 1,566m²

100,000€ HAI

Charente

4 Bedroom Country house

Land: 4,248m²

333,900€ HAI

Charente

5 Bedroom Maison de Maître

Land: 2,424m²

296,800€ HAI

Deux-Sèvres

3 Bedroom Country house with Gite(s)

Land: 1,238m²

185,000€ HAI

Charente

6 Bedroom Village House

Land: 378m²

265,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

960,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,506,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,920,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

990,200€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,139,500€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,722,500€ HAI

Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

450,000€ HAI

Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,829,000€ HAI

Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

3,936,000€ HAI

Savoie

5 Bedroom Ski Apartment

4,217,000€ HAI

Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

795,000€ HAI

Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

715,000€ HAI

Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,550,000€ HAI

Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,750,000€ HAI

Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

2,650,000€ HAI

Savoie

5 Bedroom Ski Apartment

4,350,000€ HAI

Savoie

6 Bedroom Ski Apartment

5,150,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Chalet

1,650,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Chalet

1,390,000€ HAI

Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

7,950,000€ HAI

Savoie

5 Bedroom Ski Apartment

9,350,000€ HAI

Savoie

7 Bedroom Ski Apartment

16,900,000€ HAI

Savoie

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,139,643€ HAI

Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,813,734€ HAI

Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

3,435,841€ HAI

Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

3,302,590€ HAI

Savoie

5 Bedroom Ski Apartment

3,942,746€ HAI

Savoie

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

695,000€ HAI

Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,065,109€ HAI

Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,708,150€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

393,500€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

411,500€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

946,500€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

900,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

395,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

615,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,445,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

945,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

995,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,340,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,360,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,800,000€ HAI

Var

3 Bedroom Apartment

534,438€ HAI

Charente

4 Bedroom Mill

Land: 5,283m²

201,400€ HAI

Charente

5 Bedroom Villa

Land: 1,360m²

349,800€ HAI

Charente

5 Bedroom Country house with Gite(s)

Land: 13,898m²

302,100€ HAI

Charente

5 Bedroom House

Land: 9,361m²

498,200€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Chalet

1,590,000€ HAI

Charente

2 Bedroom Country house

Land: 37,237m²

222,600€ HAI

Dordogne

4 Bedroom Country house

Land: 26,005m²

360,400€ HAI

Haute-Garonne

8 Bedroom Chateau

Land: 35,063m²

1,200,000€ HAI

Charente

3 Bedroom Village House

Land: 415m²

160,000€ HAI

Vienne

9 Bedroom Chateau

Land: 54,717m²

848,000€ HAI

Charente

9 Bedroom Chateau

Land: 54,717m²

848,000€ HAI

Charente-Maritime

4 Bedroom House with Gite(s)

Land: 4,282m²

291,500€ HAI

Aude

4 Bedroom Town House

115,000€ HAI

Deux-Sèvres

5 Bedroom Mill

Land: 6,278m²

530,000€ HAI

Aude

11 Bedroom Country house

Land: 22,125m²

880,000€ HAI

Charente

4 Bedroom Single storey property

Land: 3,135m²

291,500€ HAI

Charente

5 Bedroom Village House

Land: 2,340m²

249,100€ HAI

Deux-Sèvres

3 Bedroom House with Gite(s)

Land: 700m²

85,000€ HAI

Charente

4 Bedroom House

Land: 16,348m²

466,400€ HAI

Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

2,524,000€ HAI

Var

5 Bedroom Villa

5,445,000€ HAI

Var

6 Bedroom Villa

6,193,000€ HAI

Var

6 Bedroom Villa

6,198,500€ HAI

Var

7 Bedroom Villa

9,130,000€ HAI

Isère

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

879,500€ HAI

Isère

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,057,500€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Chalet

1,450,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Chalet

1,425,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,750,000€ HAI

Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

2,750,000€ HAI

Savoie

6 Bedroom Ski Chalet

8,650,000€ HAI

Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Chalet

2,550,000€ HAI

Savoie

5 Bedroom Ski Chalet

3,870,000€ HAI

Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,115,000€ HAI

Savoie

6 Bedroom Ski Apartment

2,300,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,100,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

746,400€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

5 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,484,400€ HAI

Isère

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

439,000€ HAI

Isère

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

715,000€ HAI

Isère

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,159,000€ HAI

Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

2,392,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

586,800€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,275,600€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

652,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

430,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

520,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,075,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Penthouse

1,150,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

6 Bedroom Penthouse

2,060,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Chalet

1,848,000€ HAI

Aude

Village House

55,000€ HAI

Charente

4 Bedroom Village House

Land: 291m²

80,000€ HAI

Charente

6 Bedroom House with Gite(s)

Land: 9,177m²

360,400€ HAI

Aude

7 Bedroom Chateau

Land: 57,000m²

1,250,000€ HAI

Aude

Land only

Land: 2,997m²

50,000€ HAI

Dordogne

3 Bedroom Country house

Land: 57,014m²

399,620€ HAI

Charente

5 Bedroom Manor house

Land: 3,400m²

190,800€ HAI

Charente

4 Bedroom Country house

Land: 2,455m²

185,500€ HAI

Aude

5 Bedroom Town House

Land: 797m²

350,000€ HAI

Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,600,000€ HAI

Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

2,250,000€ HAI

Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Chalet

2,570,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

300,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

618,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

398,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,354,500€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,733,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

Apartment - studio

296,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

458,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

Apartment - studio

190,000€ HAI

Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,870,000€ HAI

Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

2,220,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

5 Bedroom Ski Apartment

2,195,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

290,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

288,900€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

574,900€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

280,800€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

374,400€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,058,400€ HAI

Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

2,236,000€ HAI

Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

2,115,000€ HAI

Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

2,599,000€ HAI

Savoie

4 Bedroom Penthouse

4,988,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

5 Bedroom Ski Apartment

2,530,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Chalet

1,350,000€ HAI

Isère

Apartment - studio

235,500€ HAI

Isère

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

304,500€ HAI

Charente-Maritime

3 Bedroom House

100,000€ HAI

Charente-Maritime

3 Bedroom House with Gite(s)

Land: 464m²

130,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

556,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,125,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

5 Bedroom Ski Apartment

2,228,000€ HAI

Charente-Maritime

3 Bedroom House with Gite(s)

Land: 1,825m²

196,100€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

679,000€ HAI