Sale of real estate in France causes the interest of Russian investors and private buyers. This is not only a popular tourist destination but also a unique charm, magnificent culture, rich historical heritage, and traditions. Here you can become the owner of a house in the province, a chalet in the Alps or a luxurious villa on the Riviera – there are offers for every taste and budget, so they should be considered separately.
The country abounds in landscapes from glamorous chic Cote d’Azur to rustic charm in Normandy. Housing accommodations here are represented by traditional studios, apartments, luxury villas, castles, and whole estates. You can find an apartment in romantic Mecca – Paris, buy a house in France by the sea, or go south, where you will be met by the calm and the picturesque beauty of the country untouched by tourism.
The most prestigious world resorts are located on the Mediterranean coast of the country. This is Nice, St. Tropez, Cannes, Antibes, Monte Carlo. The famous and rich come here, and housing prices are over the top. At the same time, on the coast, you can choose a completely different life among the strong rocks and Celtic culture of Normandy and Brittany.
To buy a house in France and to live in the village
Those who wish to become the owner of a house in France (in the villages) should take into account at once that there are no villages here, as we used to see it. Russians associate village life with remoteness from large cities, lack of jobs and entertainment, scarcity of goods and services, inability to receive medical care and a corresponding mentality of people. A French village is something completely different. Here, under the village or province is understood the communes, where life is bright and eventful. Festivals are held, fairs are organized, all necessary services and goods are available, and at reduced prices. There are Internet and high-speed trains that take you to Paris in an hour. Therefore, you can easily buy a house in France in the province and work in the city. At the same time, all the entertainments of a big city are at a distance of hour of driving. As for jobs, you can simply rent an apartment, offer services or work as a freelancer. There is such a large flow of tourists that work will be to everyone.
Interest in houses in the province was formed more than 5 years ago, because the historical value of the architecture here is no less than in relation to the capital, and prices are several times lower. When there was a peak in demand, Dutches, Irish and British bought here not only old mansions but also mills and sheds, along with the land around them. Some people even made it their hobby – they bought a collapsing building and restored it, and then used it for rent.
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It is not necessary to become the owner of the house to feel like your own – you can buy an apartment in France, which will cost much less. All transactions are carried out officially, they are attended by a notary public, who will even conduct settlements between the parties to the contract. Moreover, you can select a notary yourself by checking the reputation, and if in doubt, there is a list of specialists with a license on the official website of French notaries. Besides the conclusion and support of the transaction, the task of the local experts is to check the object.
As for the plans to move to France and buy a villa, you need to decide in which climatic zone you will be more comfortable. In France, there are ocean and sea, mountains and green hills, vineyards and forests, rivers and lakes. The scenery is changing at lightning speed, and landscapes are amazing in their diversity. In every region of the country, it is like its own separate world. From all sides, the country is surrounded by beaches. Aquitaine, Breton, Normandy, Cote d’Azur, and other famous resorts are waiting for guests and those who want to buy cheap real estate in France by the sea. The whitest sands stretch over 200 km of the coastline of Languedoc. The beaches here are awarded the “Blue Flag”.
Nuances you need to know
Regardless of whether you are interested in luxury real estate in France or budget apartments, you need to consider that this is one of the most visited countries in the world. The government supports and stimulates tourism, attracts investors. For this purpose, even a special program called Residence de Tourisme is developed, involving the sale of houses and apartments with their subsequent rent. The main feature is that the new owner of the housing after the conclusion of the deal transfers it to the management of a local firm. As a result, the owner receives an annual income of up to 6% of the amount that housing will bring. At the same time, he is guaranteed the right to live in his own apartment for 6 weeks during the year in different seasons. Despite the crisis, tourist facilities, according to experts, can be a good way to invest and increase funds. In addition, it is a good opportunity to save money in the future by visiting the resort and not caring about finding accommodation.
Besides listed, the buyers need to know about property taxes that France establishes – while prices for a house or apartment may vary depending on various factors, taxes are calculated exactly. For example, the amount of the tax on a house (Taxe foncière) will depend on the sizes of housing, localization and rental rate of the object. Other tax – Taxe d’habitation is a payment for accommodation and is paid by the tenant or owner. The amount depends on the number of family members and their total income. Another tax that is accepted in France is the Taxe d’habitation (a payment for luxury). Those who own a villa or the apartment worth from 1.3 million euros pay it. You also need to remember the costs of utilities (telephone, gas, electricity, water). In the apartments the elevator, security or the concierge, cleaning of an entrance are added.
The owner of the acquired housing does not receive the right for permanent residence, and the visa is issued on standard terms: Schengen is suitable for recreation, national for long stays, and business for commercial activities. It is recommended to indicate your address in France during visa processing, as this may have a positive effect on the issuance of a visa.
The specialists of RPI SOLUTIONS will provide comprehensive legal and consulting support for those wishing to become owners of apartments, houses, and chalets in France. Lawyers will check the facility for “purity”, will tell about the nuances of local legislation, will designate the liquidity of the facility and the prospects for investment, and will also help to prepare the necessary documents and to officially conclude a deal.
Real Estate items in Cannes
- The program of construction of new housing. Cannes.
Modern apartments with a terrace in a new residential complex with parking in Cannes are offered. The residence is located 400 meters from the port and a 10-minute walk from the beach and the Croisette. It consists of 5 floors, from 2 to 4 rooms with large terraces and on the top floor there is a view of the sea. Modern architecture, equipped rooms, armored doors, videophones. Completion is scheduled for the third quarter of 2020.
Stage payment, notary fees 2.5%.
Prices from the developer:
2 rooms from 38m to 45m, price from 220 000 €
3 rooms from 56 m to 66 m2, price from € 315,000
- The program of construction of new housing in a 5-minute walk from the sandy beaches, the Pointe Croisette quarter.
The residence consists of 2 buildings, only 19 apartments, from 2 to 4-room with large terraces.
The developer is a construction company known throughout France, using the most modern and energy saving methods of construction and finishing. Apartments are put into service with full interior decoration: the equipped bathroom, floor tile, double glazing, security door, videophones. The financial interest in acquiring this new property is that you pay notary fees of 2-2.5% instead of 7-8% for secondary housing.
As well as the payment is made in stages, so you can be sure that the construction does not stand still:
5% – at the time of reservation;
35% – foundation construction;
70% – roofing;
95% – completion of construction;
100% – facility commissioning.
Price from the developer.
Studio 30m2, price 290 000 €
2 rooms from 45 m2 to 49 m2, price from 380 000 €
3 rooms from 64 m2 to 86 m2, price from € 645,000
4 rooms from 91 m2 to 175, price from 1 480 000 €
At this stage, you can choose one of the best apartments by location.
Putting into service: September 2020.
- Studio, on the first line – Juan-les-Pins, sea view.
Total area – 31 m2. Price: 185000 EU
Convenient location on the first line of the beaches in the center of Juan-les-Pins. Studio area is of 31 m2, it is possible to turn into a two-room apartment. Shower, kitchen, living room, terrace with panoramic sea views. Electric blinds and marquises, double glazing, air conditioning warm-cold. The storeroom is included in the price.