You wish to buy a house
You would like to avoid going through a real estate agency to avoid
paying high fees.
To find a home, real estate portals are nowadays an
indispensable tool. The key points during the search are the richness of the
offer, the quality of the search tools and the detail of the ads.
Real estate portals provide
a profusion of details that give you a precise idea of the property:
description, photos, sometimes a virtual tour, simulators, and information on
the environment with schools or transport nearby.
How to find offers of houses for sale from private individuals?
You can find ads placed by private individuals looking to sell a
house, but who would also like to avoid going through an estate agency. To do
this, you can of course consult the advertisements placed in newspapers such as
France-Soir or Le Figaro, but it is advisable to start by identifying the
telephone number indicated on the advertisement, in order to make sure that
this number is that of a private individual and not of an agency. On the other
hand, there are websites specialising in property advertisements reserved for
private individuals. Among these sites, there are Pap.fr and
Entreparticuliers.com. By consulting their ads, you are sure to contact the
seller directly, without the risk of calling a real estate agency without
Recommendations on the checks to be made before purchase
After patient research, you have found a house that meets your
expectations and financial possibilities. Before committing to buying it,
however, it is in your best interest to visit the neighbourhood where it is located,
since the quality of life in a neighbourhood has a significant influence on the
value of a property. Then, visit the house and check thoroughly its general
condition, its brightness and the absence of major defects. Always check the
condition of the electrical, plumbing and gas installation if there is one. Do
not commit yourself to a price until you have the amount of work required
If you rent the house you bought to someone else
If you don’t want to have unpleasant surprises, don’t agree to rent
your house to just anyone. In fact, you must make sure that the person who
wishes to rent your house is solvent and in particular that his or her income
is sufficient to allow him or her to pay the rent. In addition, you must ask
the prospective tenant for an attestation signed by the last owner certifying
that he or she has paid all the rent and that he or she has left the dwelling
in good condition.