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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 Country house

Land: 7,606m²

490,000€ HAI

Charente

2 Bedroom Mill

Land: 21,600m²

328,600€ HAI

Deux-Sèvres

3 Bedroom Country house

Land: 1,566m²

100,000€ HAI

Dordogne

4 Bedroom House

Land: 335m²

254,400€ HAI

Charente

4 Bedroom Country house

Land: 4,679m²

333,900€ HAI

Charente

5 Bedroom Maison de Maître

Land: 2,424m²

296,800€ HAI

Aude

4 Bedroom Village House

125,000€ HAI

Charente

3 Bedroom Country house

Land: 3,345m²

241,680€ 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

Dordogne

4 Bedroom House

Land: 4,613m²

280,900€ HAI

Charente

3 Bedroom Country house

Land: 2,765m²

339,200€ HAI

Charente

4 Bedroom Mill

Land: 5,283m²

201,400€ HAI

Dordogne

2 Bedroom Country house

Land: 7,670m²

217,300€ HAI

Charente

5 Bedroom Country house with Gite(s)

Land: 3,574m²

340,000€ HAI

Aude

4 Bedroom House

Land: 1,475m²

249,500€ HAI

Charente-Maritime

2 Bedroom House with Gite(s)

Land: 10,372m²

170,000€ HAI

Dordogne

4 Bedroom House

Land: 2,703m²

149,000€ HAI

Charente

3 Bedroom Single storey property

Land: 1,047m²

130,000€ HAI

Charente

5 Bedroom Villa

Land: 1,360m²

349,800€ HAI

Charente

2 Bedroom House over basement

Land: 675m²

120,000€ 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

Charente

2 Bedroom Country house

Land: 37,237m²

222,600€ HAI

Charente

2 Bedroom Country house

Land: 84,173m²

275,000€ 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

Dordogne

4 Bedroom Village House

Land: 2,527m²

149,000€ HAI

Charente

2 Bedroom Mill

Land: 2,721m²

208,820€ HAI

Charente

9 Bedroom Chateau

Land: 54,717m²

848,000€ HAI

Ariège

6 Bedroom Manor house

Land: 15,224m²

1,200,000€ HAI

Charente-Maritime

4 Bedroom House with Gite(s)

Land: 4,282m²

291,500€ HAI

Aude

4 Bedroom Town House

115,000€ HAI

Dordogne

5 Bedroom House

Land: 2,570m²

235,000€ HAI

Charente

2 Bedroom Country house

Land: 1,748m²

110,000€ HAI

Deux-Sèvres

5 Bedroom Mill

Land: 6,278m²

530,000€ HAI

Charente

3 Bedroom Mill

Land: 18,300m²

848,000€ HAI

Aude

11 Bedroom Country house

Land: 22,125m²

880,000€ HAI

Charente-Maritime

4 Bedroom House

Land: 525m²

193,450€ HAI

Aude

5 Bedroom House

Land: 7,230m²

549,000€ HAI

Charente

4 Bedroom Country house

Land: 6,555m²

185,500€ HAI

Charente

4 Bedroom Single storey property

Land: 3,135m²

291,500€ HAI

Aude

3 Bedroom Bungalow

Land: 1,249m²

240,000€ HAI

Aude

6 Bedroom House

Land: 697,807m²

954,000€ HAI

Aude

4 Bedroom Country house

Land: 1,299m²

380,000€ HAI

Vienne

5 Bedroom Manor house

Land: 19,266m²

498,200€ 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

Dordogne

8 Bedroom Maison de Maître with Gite(s)

Land: 1,702m²

530,000€ HAI

Charente-Maritime

3 Bedroom Maison de Maître

Land: 499m²

175,000€ HAI

Charente

4 Bedroom Country house

Land: 1,828m²

299,000€ HAI

Charente

3 Bedroom Country house

Land: 38,717m²

286,200€ HAI

Charente-Maritime

4 Bedroom Country house

Land: 6,555m²

185,500€ HAI

Charente

4 Bedroom Maison de Maître

Land: 5,835m²

689,000€ HAI

Ariège

8 Bedroom Country house with Gite(s)

Land: 38,018m²

830,000€ HAI

Charente

4 Bedroom House

Land: 16,348m²

466,400€ HAI

Charente

7 Bedroom Single storey property

Land: 15,000m²

599,960€ HAI

Ariège

House

Land: 6,000m²

1,135,000€ HAI

Dordogne

4 Bedroom House

Land: 917m²

100,000€ HAI

Charente

9 Bedroom House with Gite(s)

Land: 14,645m²

454,740€ HAI

Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

2,694,000€ HAI

Charente

4 Bedroom Country house

Land: 4,825m²

318,000€ HAI

Charente

2 Bedroom Country house

Land: 4,505m²

152,000€ HAI

Charente

11 Bedroom Country house

Land: 47,460m²

551,200€ HAI

Charente

Town House

45,000€ HAI

Aude

4 Bedroom House

Land: 1,582m²

299,000€ HAI

Aude

4 Bedroom House

Land: 3,085m²

299,999€ HAI

Var

5 Bedroom Villa

5,445,000€ HAI

Var

6 Bedroom Villa

6,105,000€ HAI

Var

6 Bedroom Villa

6,193,000€ HAI

Var

6 Bedroom Villa

6,198,500€ HAI

Var

6 Bedroom Villa

6,710,000€ HAI

Var

7 Bedroom Villa

9,130,000€ HAI

Isère

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

610,000€ HAI

Isère

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

956,000€ 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

1,650,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,750,000€ HAI

Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

2,250,000€ HAI

Savoie

6 Bedroom Ski Chalet

8,530,000€ HAI

Savoie

5 Bedroom Ski Chalet

3,820,000€ HAI

Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Chalet

2,020,000€ HAI

Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Chalet

2,520,000€ HAI

Savoie

5 Bedroom Ski Chalet

3,870,000€ HAI

Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

960,000€ HAI

Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,220,000€ HAI

Savoie

6 Bedroom Ski Apartment

2,150,000€ HAI

Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

3,060,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

381,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

545,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

641,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

929,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

820,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

492,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

780,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,020,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Chalet

905,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

5 Bedroom Ski Chalet

1,805,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

298,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

467,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,132,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

6 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,384,000€ 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

429,000€ HAI

Isère

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

809,000€ HAI

Isère

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,075,000€ HAI

Isère

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,819,000€ HAI

Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

3,297,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

586,800€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,275,600€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

280,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

652,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Chalet

1,800,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Chalet

1,700,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

465,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

680,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

860,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,430,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

5 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,490,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

5 Bedroom Ski Chalet

3,990,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Chalet

1,848,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Chalet

1,907,000€ HAI

Aude

Village House

55,000€ HAI

Charente

4 Bedroom Village House

Land: 291m²

80,000€ HAI

Charente

4 Bedroom House

Land: 98,826m²

339,200€ HAI

Charente

6 Bedroom House with Gite(s)

Land: 9,177m²

360,400€ HAI

Charente

4 Bedroom Country house

Land: 10,357m²

286,200€ 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

3 Bedroom House

Land: 2,003m²

90,000€ HAI

Charente

5 Bedroom Manor house

Land: 3,400m²

190,800€ HAI

Charente

4 Bedroom Country house

Land: 2,455m²

185,500€ HAI

Aude

6 Bedroom Country house with Gite(s)

Land: 2,320m²

595,000€ HAI

Charente-Maritime

3 Bedroom Village House

Land: 344m²

120,000€ HAI

Charente

3 Bedroom Mill

Land: 7,000m²

455,800€ HAI

Aude

5 Bedroom Town House

Land: 797m²

350,000€ HAI

Aude

7 Bedroom Country house with Gite(s)

Land: 10,240m²

636,000€ HAI

Var

3 Bedroom Penthouse

1,290,000€ HAI

Savoie

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

925,000€ HAI

Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,350,000€ HAI

Savoie

4 Bedroom Penthouse

2,495,000€ HAI

Savoie

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

463,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

398,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

388,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

758,500€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,823,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

Apartment - studio

265,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

368,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

539,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

828,000€ HAI

Aude

6 Bedroom Maison de Maître

Land: 1,500m²

495,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

Apartment - studio

160,000€ 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

250,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

4 Bedroom Ski Apartment

880,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

5 Bedroom Ski Apartment

1,180,000€ 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

Var

3 Bedroom Apartment

427,788€ HAI

Var

4 Bedroom Apartment

975,337€ 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

Charente

1 Bedroom 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

173,000€ HAI

Isère

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

274,000€ HAI

Charente-Maritime

3 Bedroom House

100,000€ HAI

Charente

4 Bedroom Country house with Gite(s)

Land: 5,439m²

487,600€ 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

486,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

612,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

3 Bedroom Ski Apartment

975,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

5 Bedroom Ski Apartment

2,107,500€ HAI

Charente-Maritime

3 Bedroom House with Gite(s)

Land: 1,825m²

196,100€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

1 Bedroom Ski Apartment

635,000€ HAI

Haute-Savoie

2 Bedroom Ski Apartment

859,000€ HAI