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How it Works


As a member of the National Federation of Buyer’s Agents (Chasseurs Immobiliers) (the FNCI), we represent you via an exclusive search mandate agreement (Mandat de Recherche Exclusif), setting out your brief, search area, and the search fee. You only sign this agreement once you’re ready to go ahead with the project.

Contact us to receive your free Buying Guide, which sets out how to calculate your budget, including the purchasing tax and duties, as well as all the steps of purchasing property in France.

We have for many years successfully assisted clients from all over the world in their property search and acquisition. We’re confident that we can save you time and money in finding the best house for your needs.


Sophia, we want to thank you for all your help during our Luberon house purchase. Throughout, you provided timely, accurate and always helpful advice as we worked through the many steps. Your knowledge of the local market, housing options, and the negotiation process was superb and your help with the international banking challenges we faced really went above-and-beyond. Similarly, your recommendations for follow-on service providers (such as property managers and architect) have turned out to be excellent. We would certainly recommend you to others that are pursuing buying a property in Provence.

Mimi and Michael Pillsbury, Jordan

Being based in Perth, Western Australia, we were a little nervous using a property finder solely based on referrals. Well, it turned out to be the best investment that I have ever made. Your openness, honesty and professionalism is first class, through your dedication and market knowledge you turned what could of been a most stressful time into a pleasure. We toiled on the Internet for many hours thinking we knew the market. How wrong we were. Listening to our needs and finding us the perfect property (when it wasn’t even on the market) was truly amazing.

But it didn’t end there. What has really inspired me to write to you, Rebecca, is your after-sales service. After the sale had been made, you kept me involved, helped me through the process and ensured that the transaction was easy. I would recommend you to anyone. Thank you for helping me make my wife’s dream come true.

Martin Conway, Australia

We found Sophia’s services extremely helpful in our house-hunting. We are busy professionals, and while we both speak French and live in the area, after quite a few months searching we found ourselves at the end of our tether. It’s such a difficult market to function in and there are so many agencies with such an archaic style of working. It was wonderful to have just one person to deal with. We found Sophia’s services very professional and thorough. She spent the time necessary to really understand what we wanted and helped us to refine our thoughts on what we were really looking for. She gave us sound advice and was happy to help us with peripheral issues as well (selling our current house, legal issues of a bi-national couple, etc). Sophia has a lot of contacts and is as generous with them as she is with her time. I would not hesitate to work with her again, and if truth be told, I now consider her a friend!

Amy Foxwell, Aix-en-Provence



The search fee for the full property search and acquisition service in any of the areas we cover is only payable on completion of a purchase, at the signing of the acte authentique. It is a percentage of the purchase price, as follows:

Purchase Price in €* Search Fee**
< 650 000 3.42% – with a cap of 18 330€
650 000 – 1.5 million 2.82% – with cap of 33 000€
1.5 million – 3 million 2.22% – with a cap of 54 000€
3 million – 5 million 1.8% – with a cap of 75 000€
> 5 million 1.5% – with an agreed cap

*Prices exclude stamp duty and taxes (frais d’acquisition).
** Including 20% TVA (“TTC”). The minimum Search Fee invoiced is 5 400€ TTC.


Whether you’re coming to Aix-en-Provence for a year’s sabbatical, with your children attending IBS of Provence or CIPEC, or you’re moving to the Aix-Marseille region permanently and need a furnished or unfurnished apartment or house, Provence Search has you covered. Some people require us to only pre-screen properties and and arrange the visits, but others cannot come over to Provence and need us to do in-depth reports so that they can rent at a distance without having to arrange an expensive viewing trip that might turn out to be for nothing. Our service always includes assistance with the set-up of utilities, Internet and any other settling-in matters that accompany a move abroad or to a different city.

The rental search and relocation fee depend on your exact needs.  Contact Anne for a quote!