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Seven ways to save on buying a house in France

If you are thinking of buying a house in France, it is a good idea to also think about how you will attack the problem of finding the right house at the right price. Buying property in France, you will soon find that the prices are wildly different from one ...

Leggett brokers getting on my nerves

Even though it clearly says on our website that professionals in real estate are not allowed to contact our sellers, every once in a while there are those who obviously don't give a damn. Today, one of the infamous Leggett agents contacts three of my sellers with the same spiel: ...

Apartment 49 Travessa de Cedofeita, Porto, Portugal – the story of a rental failure

     We rented an apartment on 49 Travessa de Cedofeita in Porto, Portugal, and lost a lot of money because the owner, MARCELO EDUARDO DE AGUIAR FERREIRA, refused to give our money back when we were forced to move out. What happened? Let me tell you. Bottom line, I think, is we ...

Immogo, the specialist in real estate communication

Selling a house is an art in itself. An important part of the job is real estate communication. For houses in France this is a lot more complex than in many other European countries. The market in France is much less transparent, with real estate agents trying to outdo each ...

Why are real estate agents in France so expensive?

A real estate agent in France costs the seller between 4% and - in the case of cheaper houses - as much as 10% of the selling price. While in the Netherlands as a seller you only pay 1% to 1.5%. Why is the estate agent so expensive in France? ...

Move to France – Cash in and check out… British are crossing the Channel

Move to France and live like a Burgundian... now this might be possible even with a limited budget. Especially in view of the still relatively modest property prices in France. In the more rural areas, a sum less than a 100,000 euros will get you a very charming independent home ...

Start your own campsite in France? Don’t do it!

 Do you dream of running your own campsite in France? You're not the only one. As webmaster of IMMOGO, a site full of French real estate from private sellers, we often receive requests to this effect. People mail the owner or even call us on the phone: "We are interested ...

Selling a property in France. What do the notary and the broker cost, and who pays whom?

If you are selling a property in France, the notary costs will be charged to the buyer. These costs are around 7 to 8% and consist largely of taxes. The notary himself is only allowed to keep a small portion of these fees. So he does not really earn a ...

How reliable are the reactions through Immogo?

If you are a private seller advertising your home on Immogo, you have to deal with all the reactions youself. How can you be certain that the people enquiring about your home are serious buyers? Honestly? You can't. There's a lot of fun shoppers out there. But at least, Immogo ...

French culture do’s and don’ts

Whether it’s the alluring promise of a high quality of life, or the idea of living in a country where the healthcare system is considered to be world-class, there are plenty of reasons why many expats choose to call France ‘home’. But moving there as an expat brings new challenges – ...

Why do people move to France (or not)?

Apart from my job as webmaster of Immogo, I have also kept a Dutch web log with daily tips about France, with an ongoing discussion about France in a alternately humorous, vivid, knowledgeable and ignorant atmosphere. The nice thing about it is that people are evidently interested in France for ...