Friday, 1 March 2019

Friday, 1 March 2019

A few tips if planning to view French property after 29 March

I had really hoped that by now we would have had a bit more clarity for Brexit as there are now only 28 more days to go. Alas, that was wishful thinking, so we go into the final month still not knowing what sort of deal will be agreed if one can be achieved at all.

Meanwhile, many of our UK buyers have decided that they will get on with their French dream regardless. Some have wasted time whilst they hoped for greater clarification, whilst others have thought 'enough is enough', lets just get on and live our lives and live the dream.

If you are planning a viewing visit post 29th March, here are a few tips to help you on your way.

From 29th March regardless of whether there is a deal or no deal, it is expected that any travel into Europe by road will require a 'Green Card'.
This will replace the European Certificates of Insurance that have traditionally been issued from UK insurance companies who have an agreement with the EU to allow UK citizens to travel under one simple certificate of insurance. The European Green Card should be free from your insurer. In addition to your UK driving licence, motorists may be required to purchase an International Driving Permit to be able to legally drive on European roads post-Brexit. This is most likely in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Anyone driving abroad will need one 3 months before they travel, and they are available from main Post Offices.

How up to date is your passport?
If there’s a no-deal Brexit, it is likely that you will not be allowed entry to the EU (except Ireland) if your passport is within 6 months of its expiry date.

Remember also, our diaries are pretty full at this time of the year, so please do not leave it too late before requesting a viewing visit, as you will possibly be too late.
We have around 175 properties for sale currently, 59 of which are in exclusivity, so roughly 1 in 3 which are effectively sole agency. The big advantage for you as a buyer dealing with a property that is listed on this basis is that we know exactly what is happening and can advise you accordingly. With multiple agency listings, (very common in France), the vendors can often forget to keep everyone in the loop, and even worse, an agreed sale in principle can be overturned by another agency! And to reassure you, all of our contracts, (Compromis de Vente) are prepared by a local Notaire, and all money (deposit and final balance) is paid direct to the Notaire.

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