Our services

Why sell with Sotheby's International Realty®?

The 600 Sotheby's International Realty® estate agencies and the 100 Sotheby’s® auction houses offer us access to the most prestigious international buyers. We are therefore in a position to offer the “biens haut de gamme” of our clients -if necessary in all confidentiality- to a very select audience.

Sotheby's International Realty® is with its 600 agencies in more than 50 countries the largest network of estate agencies in the world.

Sotheby's International Realty France-Monaco is, with more than 50 estate agencies, the largest network in France and Monaco.

Tailor-made solutions and complete advice

We offer assistance in all matters relating to the sale, purchase and rental of your house. At Sotheby's International Realty® every house is treated as a work of art. Each client receives our full personal attention.

Our expertise knowledge of the real estate market in Provence is a guarantee, that you will receive complete advice on the value of your home and on how your home can be best promoted.

We promote your house nationally, internationally and worldwide. In printed form via brochures, which can be distributed worldwide, through Sotheby's® publications and through a variety of weekly and monthly magazines. We, of course, promote your home on our own site www.provenceverte-sothebysrealty.com, the Sotheby's International Realty France-Monaco site www.sothebysrealty-france.com and the global Sotheby's International Realty® site www.sothebysrealty.com

In addition, your home is also promoted by half a dozen other sites of fellow real estate agents, who are employed in specific markets.

How do you sell your home?

The activities of a real estate agent are strictly governed by the law of 70-9 January 2, 1970, the so-called Law Hoguet. The sales mandate is the guarantee that the relationship between you and us is clear. It contains, among other things your name and address and ours, an exact description of the house for sale, it indicates the asking price and our real estate agent fee again. The commission rate is not fixed in France and varies between 4 and 10 %. We operate with a commission of 5% excluding French VAT and offer a unique national, international and even global showcase for your home. The drawing up of a sales mandate is mandatory. With this mandate, Provence Verte, Sotheby's International Realty becomes your representative to find a buyer and the holder of the purchase in a purchase agreement.

The sales mandate comes in two forms:

  1. 1. The normal mandate. This mandate allows the seller to also sell their house through other real estate agents.
  2. 2. The exclusive mandate. With this mandate, the seller gives the sale of their house exclusively to one real estate agent. This mandate is usually used for prestigious and special properties that require special marketing.

How do you buy your dream home?

With the French legislation, the purchase of a real estate is subject to strict rules. We have to secure a sale with a sales agreement (Promesse d’achat). In which it states that the buyer wants to buy a particular house for a certain price and that the seller wants to sell to that buyer for that price.

The second step is the provisional sale agreement (Compromis de vente). The form and content of this contract are legitimate. We have this contract drawn up by a solicitor. In the contract the buyer is legally bound until the sale of the house and the seller is obliged to sell that house at the agreed purchase price to the buyer. In many cases the buyer must put down a deposit for 10% of the purchase price to the solicitor. This amount is, of course, deducted off the purchase price at the time of payment.

After the buyer and the seller have signed this act, the buyer has a reflection period of 7 days. During these 7 days the buyer may, without giving any reason and without a fine, change their mind about the sale. After the reflection period, the contract becomes obligatory for both parties and the buyer can no longer cancel (unless for example the buyer’s bank loan falls through or building permit is denied). The seller is from the day of the signing of the preliminary purchase contract required to hand the house over to the buyer. If the buyer or the seller refuses the handover of the house, the reluctant party is to pay a fine of 10% of the purchase price to the other party.

The sale is completed with a final contract (Acte authentique). This act must be drawn up by a solicitor.

French law requires that the seller must provide the buyer with a number of reports concerning the condition of the house. These reports are written by an expert who has checked for the presence of lead, termites and asbestos in the house that is for sale. It is also necessary to check the electrical and gas installations. Finally, the seller must provide an energy label and an emission label