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Todd Kemp

Do I need a lawyer to handle my real estate transactions?

I am buying a house in France and many people suggested me to contact a real estate lawyer to ensure that the work goes smoothly. I here http://www.tarabay-gemayel.com/ found about an advocate who will assist me in the real estate process. Do you think it is essential to contact a lawyer? Please suggest.

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Do I need a lawyer to handle my real estate transactions?

By Todd Kemp   
Posted on Dec 29, 2017 in Topic: Home Selling
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I am buying a house in France and many people suggested me to contact a real estate lawyer to ensure that the work goes smoothly. I here http://www.tarabay-gemayel.com/ found about an advocate who will assist me in the real estate process. Do you think it is essential to contact a lawyer? Please suggest.
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Andrea Cloud - Wagner
about 4 months ago
It depends. If buying internationally is a first time event for you, and/or you do not have trusted contacts that are established in France, then you likely need a professional on your side looking out for your best interests. As you enter this process this best thing you can do is to educate yourself as much as possible. There are many good sources on the internet. (Just be careful not to consider a web site that is trying to sell you something as good source.) Here are a few that will point you toward a good start: http://www.expatarrivals.com/france/buying-property-in-france ; http://www.expatarrivals.com/france/buying-property-in-france (this one has many different opinions) ; https://www.forbes.com/sites/deborahljacobs/2012/11/21/everything-you-need-to-know-about-buying-a-home-in-europe/#4e04e9438ef8 (the end of this article has good information). Be sure to understand the tax consequences of buying in France as well. All the best to you in your adventure to France!


about 4 months ago
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Yvonne Chauvin
about 4 months ago
Hi Todd,
Absolutely! Every country (even every state in the US) has different laws as they relate to real estate transactions. Some countries in Europe don't even use real estate agents, the transactions are conducted between two parties with a transaction coordinator to handle paperwork (scary). I say to be on a safe side and to ensure you're purchasing property with a clear title and clear contract, use advice of a local real estate attorney. It's better to be safe than sorry.
Having said that- enjoy France!
Sincerely,
Yvonne Chauvin
281-686-0143
yvonnechauvin@yvonnechauvin.com


about 4 months ago
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Christopher Dayanand
about 3 months ago
Hello Todd,

When I buy properties out of country, I always hire an attorney. The local attorneys know the rules well to navigate and register your property with no hassle. They can also find scams and double check that the real seller owns the property. I would rather pay that extra fee to get peace of mind and a property where I will be the sole owner and not someone coming to claim it later.

Chris.
832-859-8698
ChrisRealEstatePro.com


about 3 months ago
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Veronica Mullenix
about 7 days ago
Yes. You should consult with an attorney, especially one who has experience with doing business in the country you are purchasing in.


about 7 days ago
Disclaimer: Answers provided are just opinions and should not be accepted as advice.
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