Who Should Draft the Compromis de Vente?

It is true that French estate agents (agents immobiliers) by law are permitted to draw up the compromis the vente, which is the contract of sale in France. In fact, a buyer and seller could even agree the terms of the sale between them on the back of a napkin! But that does not mean it’s a good idea. Most [...]

How to Avoid Gazumping in France

When I lived in London the conversation during after-work drinks inevitably would turn to house hunting frustrations. There was always someone drowning their sorrows after just having been outbid at the last minute. No surprise that the English adopted the satisfyingly resonant Yiddish expression gezumph to name the devastating experience of having your dream property snatched away by a competitor right [...]