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As anywhere, real estate agents work primarily for the seller - not the buyer. But most important, there is no such thing as a multiple listing service in Paris or France.
Please read more about our tips here, including the answer to the question that most buyers ask: "Can I rent my apartment when I’m not in Paris?"
As search experts, here are some real life examples of how we can help:
I recently viewed an apartment with a client that had almost everything: two balconies, spacious one bedroom, Eiffel view, upper floor and great potential after a remodel.
But … the apartment was located in a 1940s building, which lacked charm, and was located on a drab street surrounded by other large apartments and office buildings. No trees, no petits commerces or shops to liven up the area. I checked the building management fees (something eager buyers forget) and they were on the high side, about €500/ month. This may be low for a city like New York, but high for Paris. I walked back in the evening, waited 24 hours and still didn’t like the feel of the street. While it might have rented well, we want our clients to have apartments that offer good capital appreciation and resale potential as well. This one failed on those two counts. Shortly afterwards, we found a beautiful apartment with a balcony in a gorgeous location that hit all the requirements.
A good agent will help you avoid hidden pitfalls, even after you think you’ve found the perfect apartment.
OTHER THINGS TO CONSIDER:
There are many unique rules in France for purchasing property and unique methods which should be employed in order to find a great apartments. We have extensive knowledge of every aspect of the search and purchase process and will cover all bases. This includes avoiding hidden problems, such as the example below.
There are number of reputable search agents in Paris; their fees are normally in the region of 3% of the purchase price. But good ones save you more than that by finding underpriced properties, properties that haven’t made it to the market, or negotiating a lower price for the buyer.
Please read more about our tips here, including:
Tip 1: Full or Shared Ownership in Paris
Tip 2: Finding the Perfect Location to Buy in Paris
Tip 3: Finding the Right Apartment -- Don’t Settle for Less
Tip 4: Getting the Best Results from Paris Real Estate Agents
Tip 5: Remodeling Costs in Paris
Tip 6: If You’re Not 100% Certain...
Tip 7: No MLS in France: The Value of a Good Search Agent
Tip 8: How does the Purchase Process Work in France in Simple English
Bonus Info: Can I rent my Paris apartment short term?