Frequently asked questions


What is a Promesse de Vente?  

What is a Compromis de Vente?

What is the difference between a “Compromis de Vente’ and a

‘Promesse de Vente’? 

What is an Acte Authentique?

What is a Delai de Rétractation? 

What is Loi Carrez?  

Do I need a notary?

Can I bring my own notary? 

What does the notary cost?

How much does real estate in Paris cost?

How long does it take to acquire an apartment in Paris?

What are the taxes around the purchase of Parisian real estate?

Do I also pay the pay the vendor real estate agent?


ParisScarabee Househunters 

Where does the name ParisScarabee come from?

Why do I need ParisScarabee Househunters if there is a good Parisian real estate agent involved?  

What does ParisScarabee Househunters cost ?

What is the ParisScarabee Househunters fee for home search?

What does ParisScarabee Househunters charge for managing renovation projects?



Does ParisScarabee Househunters help me if I want to borrow money?

Can ParisScarabee Househunters introduce me to a French bank?

Do I need a French bank account?



Besides the purchase price and other directly related costs, what other costs should I envisage when holding real estate in Paris?

Can I buy with several people? 


Renting out

I want to rent out my apartment. What are my options?

What are the costs and benefits of leasing out an apartment in Paris?

What are the taxes on rental income?

Can ParisScarabee Househunters help?



What are the costs of renovating in Paris?

How long does a complete renovation take?

Can ParisScarabee Househunters help?



Is it easy to sell real estate in Paris?

Once I sell, what taxes do I incur?

Does it all make any difference if I’m not a French tax resident?

Can ParisScarabee Househunters help?



The legal and tax situation of each individual client will be different. We strongly advise clients to seek professional advice on their personal legal and tax affairs, both for France and in their home countries, when making an investment in French property. We will be pleased to introduce you to reputable and experienced advisers in France on these matters with whom we have good working relationships.


The information on this website is for guidance and of a general nature only and should be followed up by specific advice on the matter from a legal and tax expert. No liability will be accepted by us on a client's legal and tax matters in France or in the client's home country.