A property for sale in Gironde

You are the owner of a flat or a house and you want to sell it ?

To sell a property, several steps have to be followed.

Valuate your property in Gironde

Appartments, old stone houses or contemporary houses, typical houses from Arcachon ; « Echoppe from Bordeaux » (typical city house with little garden),…. To valuate your property in Gironde, BARNES real estate consultants, experts in local properties, intend to evaluate your property according to the surrounding latest sales, statistics from notaries and of course their local expertise.

Selling your property in Gironde

You wish to sell your property ? The Bordeaux BARNES Team is at your disposal to define the best strategy to adopt. Several lines has to be taken into account such as the type of property, its situation, and the time to be sold. The selling price must obviously be close to the local market price. The waiting period, to sell a luxury property, can vary from few weeks to several long months. The 2 main factors are : people’s demands for this type of property and the price of the property on sale.

How to communicate to highlight your property ?

To sell your property with the best conditions, a complete and targeted strategy has to be defined. We advertise in international and national medias as well as in regional upscale specialized magazines according to the property characteristics : Le Figaro magazine, Maisons et Appartements magazine, Le Point or Financial Times as well as our magazine « Barnes Luxury Homes » (published at 150 000 copies and sent to all the Figaro subscribers) and last but not least the international and national real estate websites on which we advertise are today essential to gain potential purchasers.

For each property you put in our hands, a detailled description as well as professional photos are sent to our targeted purchasers followed by a very detailled phone conversation.

Visit the property

Every Bordeaux BARNES consultant has visited and know very well all the properties in order to value their characteristics to the best and can thus answer at best the purchasers requests. For each visit planned with a purchaser, we ensure the availaibility of the owner and arrange with the owner to present the property at its best. We report regularly by mail or phone the feedback news about your property.

Trade talks

At this stage of the purchase, we play a major part in order to focus on the owner and purchaser interests. We make our best to advise, orientate, and inform and ensure that all the conditions are gathered and met for no disappointment.

The Agreement to sell

An agreement to sell is written when trade talks are over and an agreement is found between purchaser and seller. « Unilateral agreement to sell » also known as provisional sales agreement is a commitment from the owner to sell his property at the fixed price between them. Therefore, the owner is no longer able to stop the sale, being a real contract between the parties, bounding them to honour their promises. To guarantee the sale, the purchaser must pay a security deposit, representing from 5 to 10 % of the property value. This amount will be deduced from the final sale price.

Some formalities (usually lasting 2 or 3 months before signing the notarial act) such as informations from the registry office, urban planning office, from town hall related to the preserved right to buy, cadastral survey, seller bank details and its mortgage situation are necessary to complete the file.

Mandatory documents for the sale of a property :

Some of them are compulsory at different stages : when advertising the sale, others, when the agreement to sell is ready and some other when the notarial act is signed.

The energy performance assessment :

This document is only for information but must be provided to the potential buyer when taking and mandate for the sale. It helps to justify on a scale from A to G, the energy performance assessment of the property (energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions). This document is valid for 10 years.

The size of the property sold (French Carrez law)

If this measure is mandatory for flats or co-ownerships properties, it is not the case for houses. If the property has not suffered works modifying its structure, then the measure has no time limit. (For each modification, a notary can ask for a new measurement of the property).

N.B : Although a margin of error is tolerated, (up to 5%), the owner will be obliged to lower its selling prices accordingly if it represents more than this limit.


When signing for the agreement to sell, other documents are to be provided :

Lead (Report on the risk of lead exposure) : only concerned for houses built before the 1st of January 1949. If the initial assessment attached to the property file, lead presence is noted in a concentration above the threshold imposed by law then it is mandatory to retest. In the opposite case, the initial report remain valid.

Asbestos  : This certificate has no time limit. It concerns the residential buildings whose construction was started before 1 July 1997 and confirm or deny the presence of asbestos.

Parasite report  : Valid for 3 months, the certificate mentions the presence or absence of termites (according to prefectural order defining a concerned area).

Natural Gas : diagnosis, valid for 3 years, must be provided for any gas installation of more than 15 years, in order to verify proper operation and compliance with compulsory standards.

Natural and Technological hazards : This document must be from 6 months. This is primarily an informational document for the purchaser to produce him an inventory of foreseeable natural risks (is the property in a flood zone?) And technological (the antennas for telecom relays). There are also seismic risks inherent to the geographical area concerned.

Electrical installation : This diagnosis is valid for 3 years, and concerns installations older than 15 years.

Sanitation : A document providing proof of the facilities compliance is required. It is valid for 3 years. All types of equipment are involved, whether in the case of a main drainage connection / public sewerage system or, conversely, in the case of septic tank equipment.

Note 1 : All these diagnoses and certificates with rather long periods of validity (except in the case of termites), it is recommended to make them from the sale of the property. Thus, the buyer can then make a choice with confidence.

Note 2 : These documents are compulsory (asbestos, lead, termites, electricity, natural gas) and must be provided at the signing of the deed. If necessary, measures against the seller could be taken (from a lower selling price to a total cancellation of the sale - if latent defects were proved -)

1 http://www.notaires.fr/notaires/diagnostics-immobiliers

2 (2) you can request a price reduction according to the number of missing square meters. This action must be brought before the district court within one year after the signing of the deed.

You are the owner of a flat or a house and you want to sell it ?

To sell a property, several steps have to be followed.

Valuate your property in Gironde

Appartments, old stone houses or contemporary houses, typical houses from Arcachon ; « Echoppe from Bordeaux » (typical city house with little garden),…. To valuate your property in Gironde, BARNES real estate consultants, experts in local properties, intend to evaluate your property according to the surrounding latest sales, statistics from notaries and of course their local expertise.

Selling your property in Gironde

You wish to sell your property ? The Bordeaux BARNES Team is at your disposal to define the best strategy to adopt. Several lines has to be taken into account such as the type of property, its situation, and the time to be sold. The selling price must obviously be close to the local market price. The waiting period, to sell a luxury property, can vary from few weeks to several long months. The 2 main factors are : people’s demands for this type of property and the price of the property on sale.

How to communicate to highlight your property ?

To sell your property with the best conditions, a complete and targeted strategy has to be defined. We advertise in international and national medias as well as in regional upscale specialized magazines according to the property characteristics : Le Figaro magazine, Maisons et Appartements magazine, Le Point or Financial Times as well as our magazine « Barnes Luxury Homes » (published at 150 000 copies and sent to all the Figaro subscribers) and last but not least the international and national real estate websites on which we advertise are today essential to gain potential purchasers.

For each property you put in our hands, a detailled description as well as professional photos are sent to our targeted purchasers followed by a very detailled phone conversation.

Visit the property

Every Bordeaux BARNES consultant has visited and know very well all the properties in order to value their characteristics to the best and can thus answer at best the purchasers requests. For each visit planned with a purchaser, we ensure the availaibility of the owner and arrange with the owner to present the property at its best. We report regularly by mail or phone the feedback news about your property.

Trade talks

At this stage of the purchase, we play a major part in order to focus on the owner and purchaser interests. We make our best to advise, orientate, and inform and ensure that all the conditions are gathered and met for no disappointment.

The Agreement to sell

An agreement to sell is written when trade talks are over and an agreement is found between purchaser and seller. « Unilateral agreement to sell » also known as provisional sales agreement is a commitment from the owner to sell his property at the fixed price between them. Therefore, the owner is no longer able to stop the sale, being a real contract between the parties, bounding them to honour their promises. To guarantee the sale, the purchaser must pay a security deposit, representing from 5 to 10 % of the property value. This amount will be deduced from the final sale price.

Some formalities (usually lasting 2 or 3 months before signing the notarial act) such as informations from the registry office, urban planning office, from town hall related to the preserved right to buy, cadastral survey, seller bank details and its mortgage situation are necessary to complete the file.

Mandatory documents for the sale of a property :

Some of them are compulsory at different stages : when advertising the sale, others, when the agreement to sell is ready and some other when the notarial act is signed.

The energy performance assessment :

This document is only for information but must be provided to the potential buyer when taking and mandate for the sale. It helps to justify on a scale from A to G, the energy performance assessment of the property (energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions). This document is valid for 10 years.

The size of the property sold (French Carrez law)

If this measure is mandatory for flats or co-ownerships properties, it is not the case for houses. If the property has not suffered works modifying its structure, then the measure has no time limit. (For each modification, a notary can ask for a new measurement of the property).

N.B : Although a margin of error is tolerated, (up to 5%), the owner will be obliged to lower its selling prices accordingly if it represents more than this limit.


When signing for the agreement to sell, other documents are to be provided :

Lead (Report on the risk of lead exposure) : only concerned for houses built before the 1st of January 1949. If the initial assessment attached to the property file, lead presence is noted in a concentration above the threshold imposed by law then it is mandatory to retest. In the opposite case, the initial report remain valid.

Asbestos  : This certificate has no time limit. It concerns the residential buildings whose construction was started before 1 July 1997 and confirm or deny the presence of asbestos.

Parasite report  : Valid for 3 months, the certificate mentions the presence or absence of termites (according to prefectural order defining a concerned area).

Natural Gas : diagnosis, valid for 3 years, must be provided for any gas installation of more than 15 years, in order to verify proper operation and compliance with compulsory standards.

Natural and Technological hazards : This document must be from 6 months. This is primarily an informational document for the purchaser to produce him an inventory of foreseeable natural risks (is the property in a flood zone?) And technological (the antennas for telecom relays). There are also seismic risks inherent to the geographical area concerned.

Electrical installation : This diagnosis is valid for 3 years, and concerns installations older than 15 years.

Sanitation : A document providing proof of the facilities compliance is required. It is valid for 3 years. All types of equipment are involved, whether in the case of a main drainage connection / public sewerage system or, conversely, in the case of septic tank equipment.

Note 1 : All these diagnoses and certificates with rather long periods of validity (except in the case of termites), it is recommended to make them from the sale of the property. Thus, the buyer can then make a choice with confidence.

Note 2 : These documents are compulsory (asbestos, lead, termites, electricity, natural gas) and must be provided at the signing of the deed. If necessary, measures against the seller could be taken (from a lower selling price to a total cancellation of the sale - if latent defects were proved -)

1 http://www.notaires.fr/notaires/diagnostics-immobiliers

2 (2) you can request a price reduction according to the number of missing square meters. This action must be brought before the district court within one year after the signing of the deed.