18 French words to help you buy a house in France

PUBLISHED: 15:46 12 April 2016 | UPDATED: 15:46 12 April 2016

18 words you need to know before you buy

18 words you need to know before you buy


Do you know your ‘frais’ from your ‘prêt’ and ‘acheteur’ from ‘vendeur’? Brush up on the basic terms before you buy a French property

à vendre: for sale

acheter: to buy

acheteur (m), acheteuse (f): buyer

un acompte: deposit

l’acte de vente: deed of sale

un agent immobilier: estate agent

un bien immobilier: property

bon état: good condition

le certificat d’urbanisme: outline planning permission

le compromis de vente: initial sale/preliminary contract

le délai de réflexion: cooling-off period

le droit de succession: inheritance rights

les frais d’agence: agency fees

les frais de notaire: notaire’s fees

le marché immobilier: property market

le notaire: legal professional employed by the French government to draw up property sale contracts and ensure taxes are paid

un prêt immobilier: mortgage

vendeur (m), vendeuse (f): seller

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