Viewing Trip

Are you planning a trip to view property abroad?

Viewing trip guide

If you have decided that you are going to move to France and have an idea of the areas of France you can see yourself living in, then you have reached that most exciting stage of your overseas property journey – time to take a viewing trip to have a look at some French properties!

There is certainly a great deal to think about! Your viewing trip is one of the most important elements of the property buying process, so you need to make sure that you plan it all in advance to make the most of it. Understanding and planning what to do at every stage is vital in finding your dream property. The Viewing Trip Guide from the Overseas Guides Company should help you on your way. It is a useful guide to cover all you will need to consider before and during your viewing trip overseas.

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The three ‘Golden Rules’ for your France property viewing trip

Rule One – Establish your requirements

Where do you want to buy? Before you go on your property viewing trip in France, it is best to have a clear idea of where you want to buy. Always do as much research as you can before you leave, and find a reliable agent to discuss your requirements in advance.

What’s your budget? Work out a clear budget, stick to it, and make sure you only view properties in that price range when you go on your viewing trip. Remember to include any taxes and fees that come with an overseas property purchase in your budget. It also pays to be aware of how timings and fluctuating currency markets can affect the cost of your overseas purchase, so it is worth speaking with a currency specialist in advance, such as our trusted partners, Smart Currency Exchange.

What type of property? You might be looking for a beachfront property, a countryside escape or a city centre pied à terre, you need to make sure that you arrange to see these particular properties – and these properties alone.

Rule Two - Find the right team of experts to help you

Find a trusted property agent – The first step for a successful viewing trip is finding a reliable, reputable agent, or multiple preferred agents, who understand your requirements and can find properties that fit the bill. This means you can make the most of your time in France on your viewing trip.

Prepare your currency exchange in advance – When buying property overseas, you will need to exchange the money for the property into the relevant currency. It is always worth speaking to a currency exchange specialist before you go, to discuss the different services available to you. Our partners, Smart Currency Exchange, can guide you through this process and help you understand the best time to exchange.

Find a good solicitor – Buying property is always complicated, and when you take into consideration the different country laws and languages, it can be even more complicated. That is why it is important to have an impartial solicitor on your side who knows the French buying process, understands the market, and can explain it all as you go through the property purchase.

Rule Three – What kind of viewing trip suits you?

There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to an overseas viewing trip, so you can organise it according to your own requirements. There are a few popular ways of going about an overseas viewing trip:
  • Viewing property with an estate agent
  • Viewing with a property developer
  • A self-organised viewing trip

You don’t need to have absolutely everything in place before you go, but it does pay to do as much research as you can in advance, so you can work out which areas of France you are interested in; any ‘musts’ for your French property; and anything that might be a deal-breaker!

Why not call the friendly team at the France Buying Guide Resource Centre on 020 7898 0549 for more information about how to go about your viewing trip?


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