Frequently Asked Questions

Gite World offers two different types of French property ads which you can select during the ad posting or reposting process of a property. It is not possible to switch between different property ad types whilst they are live. Available types are:

  1. For Sale
  2. Holiday Rental
Featured French property ads will always appear first on the Gite World website and gain the most exposure. All property ads can be upgraded at any time by visiting your dashboard.
On the advert you will see a form to complete. This will send an email to the property advertiser and they will respond.
If you feel that a Gite World property advert is breaking the rules, you can report it to us from the contact us page on the website. Property Ads will remain active until an administrator can investigate.
France is a huge country. You have got the mountainous and balmy location in the South, hilly region in Northwest and the flat, green in North East. As a vast country, it has many climates and varied property costs. If you’re looking for rural properties in France, check out Poitou-Charentes and Burgundy. Both offer gorgeous scenery, excellent transport links, and attractive property prices. If you are looking for investment property in France, consider the following locations: Limousin, Poitou Charente and Aquitaine. For properties in the French Alps, check out Les Carroz, Courchevel, Chatel, Megeve, Alpe d’Huez, Val d’lsere, Meribel, Combloux and Lo Rosiere. For more property locations in France, consult your estate agent.
France is a country full of different types of properties. Whether you’re interested in buying a chateau or an apartment, you can find the perfect retirement or holiday home. When searching for a property to buy in France, you may come across the following: Domaine, fermette, gites, Maison de maitre, villa d’architecte, bastide, Pavillon, longere, charentaise, and mas. These are different types of properties in France. Some were built in the 13th and 14th centuries and located in towns and countrysides across France. They all feature different architecture styles that include high ceilings, grand staircases, and more.
The first thing you should consider is the purpose. The purpose will help you define the type and location of the property. Second, consider the location. It’s important to focus your search in regions with high yield opportunities. High yield areas do not necessarily charge the highest rental prices. But they are areas with the biggest return. Third, consider the cost. When it comes to home buying, it’s wise to have a budget. Everyone knows that you don’t buy a house you cannot afford.
If your heart is set out on buying a home in France, then you have 6 months to complete the buying process. The first step is to narrow down your choices. Look for properties for sale in France in more detail. Get in touch with moving professionals such as lawyers, estate agents, currency specialists, and mortgage advisors. The second step is to speak to your estate agency and book a viewing trip. If you like the house, contact your currency specialist and lawyer. This is to ensure that you have the reservation deposit and legal structure. By now, you’ve three months to go. In the third step, start contacting and meeting specialists in areas such as property taxes and inheritance laws. If you need extra view trips to the property, make arrangements now. This is also the perfect time to make an offer. With two months to go, sign the reservation contract, the compromis de vente and pay your deposit – 10% of the purchase price. Once you make a deposit, you’ll have a ten-day cooling period. This is the perfect time to plan renovations, decorations and ensure all utilities are properly connected. The last step is to make your final payment, and sign the sale contract – ante de vente. It would be best if you did this in the presence of the seller and notaire. Congratulations, you are now a property owner in France!
The listed property price is not the only cost of buying property in France. You have to consider taxes, fees and exchange rates. Take these costs into consideration before budgeting. This will help you determine how much you can afford. The property buying process in France protects the purchaser. However, you may incur penalties for withdrawing.
You must insure your property by the time you sign the final contract – ante de vente – before the notaire. The insurance will cover natural and property disasters. Most insurance companies in France have a member of staff who can speak English. This means getting the right insurance for your property is not difficult.
There are two ways of selling property in France. You can sell your property through estate agencies or privately. Estate agencies are highly regulated in France, but that does not guarantee high-quality services. To select the best agency, consider their experience, reputation, and French language competency. It would be best if you also considered their level of diligence, and additional expertise offered. Around 40% of properties in France are usually sold privately. If selling an apartment or small property, sell privately but if selling a chateau, farm or villa, consider estate agencies.
The first step is to take charge of home staging. Start decluttering your home and then clean it. Allow light in by removing heavy window treatments, clean the window panes, paint the beams and woodwork. We recommend a lighter colour like white. Don’t forget to increase the wattage of light fixtures and improve curb appeal. In the next step, create a solid marketing strategy. This involves taking new photos of your property and making sure the property description is complete and correct. For the best results, we recommend hiring a professional photographer. Good photos and an informative description will make your property stand out. Lastly, price your property correctly. Do not overprice or underprice your property. Research and compare neighbouring properties for the correct price.
The commission rates for selling a property in France can be anything from 4% to 10%. Higher commission fees are often paid on lower-valued properties as they require a lot of work. For high-end French properties, commission fee can range from 4% to 5%.
It takes an average of 10 to 12 weeks to sell your house in France signing the pre-contract to signing the final contract. There is a 10-day cooling-off period.
In France, there are two sets of tax to pay – social charges and capital gains tax. The standard capital gains tax paid on the sale of a French house is 19%. Additional surcharges are usually added for gains over €50,000 beginning at 2% and rising to 6% for capital gains over €260,000.
If you live in France for at least six months of the year, you will be a resident in France. This rule does not require you to live in a permanent home you own or rent in France. But merely being on French soil for six months of the year makes you a French resident.
Rural France has so much to offer – from holiday cottages to traditional gites. Most gites are fully self-contained and provide a safe environment where you can holiday in peace. To book a gite in France, browse or search our site for the best gites to rent in France, then contact the owner direct.
Yes, you can book a majority of holiday gite rentals online or over the phone. Browse our property site for the best gites in France and book online.
The booking fee can range from €8 to €20 for gites and self-catering holiday cottages. For B&Bs, the booking fee can range from €4 to €10. Booking fees are usually offered for a two, three-week stay or longer.
Normally, in low season, the minimum booking period is two to five nights, and in high season, 7 days to 10 days. Over long weekends, the booking period is three to four days. Of course this does vary with holiday rental gites and is usually set by the gite owner.

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