First of all, as I'm new here, I just want to say Hello to everybody out there, and hope you're all enjoying the rainy weather we're having in France today! (at least, in the Franche-Comte region, where I am)
Anyway, I have a question, and please forgive me if it's been asked a million times before.
I went to view a house yesterday with a notaire (found via the Immonot website), who is the selling agent. The house is priced at €240k. The house ticked most of the boxes and I am considering putting in an offer (after doing further visitis, necessary checks, etc, of course). However, when I returned home I realised that the same property is being advertised by an Estate Agent (Swixim) for €220k, i.e. the starting point for bargaining is €20,000 less!**
I should have known this really as last week I went to view a house with an estate agent, asking priced 232k. And then I noticed that this particular notaire was trying to sell this property for €249k!
[** To be fair to the notaire, he did tell me that €200k would be a reasonably fair price for the house]
So, I thought that going through a notaire was supposed to be cheaper than using an estate agent?
Should I ask the notaire why he is advertising these properties much above what estate agents are asking? (Presumably he is trying to attract a higher fee?). Or would this just be antagonising him?
If the notaire is acting as the selling agent then presumably he gets a paid a fee for being the "estate agent" (FAI?) and then on top of that he gets the fee for being the notaire for the transaction.
Is "FAI" the same as "Honoraires de négociation inclus"?
And are notaires' fees absoluetly fixed to the final selling price of the house, or can the notiare choose his own fee, within reason?
Sorry for the barrage of questions, I'm just slightly confused by all this! :confused2:
PS The sun has just poked out from behind the clouds!