How to find the best apartments for sale in Paris

Paris continues to top the charts every year as one of the most desirable cities in the world. And with neighbors like the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower, buying a Parisian apartment is a dream come true for many.

Ready to say bonjour to your new flat in Paris? Here’s an easy guide on how to find the best apartments for sale in Paris.

 

How to find the best apartments for sale in Paris: Find your dream neighborhood

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Paris is separated into 20 different districts or arrondissements. Each arrondissement has its own unique personality; Paris is really like twenty different cities in one.

If you’re looking to buy an apartment in Paris, I’d recommend exploring the city first. Get to know which areas are your favorite and where you’d like to live. Certain neighborhoods such as the 16th are more residential, with lots of families and older people; while others like le Marais are lively all hours of the day and night.

There’s a lot to consider, and the best way to discover the city is on foot. Join one of our guided neighborhood tours  of areas like Montmartre, the Latin Quarter, and Saint-Germain. You’ll learn more about the ins and outs of each area in Paris, straight from a local.

Once you narrow down which area you want to live in, you’ll be able to start researching local agencies and listings.

How to find the best apartments for sale in Paris: Agencies

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When it comes to buying an apartment in Paris, there are a lot of things to consider. And the process is quite long. If this is your first venture into real-estate, or you don’t want the hassle of navigating the process on your own, going through an agency is your best bet. Lots of the smaller agencies are neighborhood-specific, so keep this in mind.

These real-estate agencies will help guide you through the entire process from start to finish. And some are even specifically for expats!

There are plenty of agencies all over Paris and each company has their own specialization. Agencies like Barnes and Christie’s for example, focus solely on luxury listings, and cater to a more international clientele.

Other agencies, like Vingt Paris have wider offerings to fit a variety of tastes and budgets. Vingt is also geared towards expats, and will guide you through the entire process.

Take your time to find the right agency and agent for you, because everyone has different needs. Plus, once your agent gets to know you a little better, they will even suggest other properties (unlisted or otherwise) that can turn out to be real hidden gems.

Agencies aren’t free though, and many will take a hefty chunk of the final sales price in charges. Be sure to discuss this with them, and make sure you’ve agreed on the amount ahead of time.

How to find the best apartments for sale in Paris: Particuliers

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This may come as a surprise, but some of the best apartments for sale in Paris aren’t even listed with agencies. The next option you have when buying a flat is particulier à particulier or person to person deals.

This means you negotiate directly with the seller, and will need to go through  notary to finalize the sale. Plenty of sites like PAP.fr are dedicated to these types of person to person arrangements; effectively sidestepping agency fees. Expat sites like FUSAC.fr  post all kinds of want ads, apartments for sale or rent, jobs offers and volunteer opportunities along with  general news. And it’s all in English!

While you’ll save on agency fees, you’ll be handling all the paperwork yourself. So if you choose this option, know ahead of time that quite a bit of work will be involved (great if you’re looking to save some serious cash).

How to find the best apartments for sale in Paris: Word of mouth

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Yes, you read that correctly. One of the best resources for finding a great apartment for sale in Paris is simply word of mouth. Coworkers, old classmates, a friend of a friend. Everyone always knows someone who is selling, or thinking of selling.

Plenty of my friends have found apartments this way, so don’t be afraid to mention you’re looking. You’ll probably be surprised at how many tip-offs and connections you get!

Well now you have some insider advice on how to find the best apartments for sale in Paris!

 

Hope this article has been helpful to you, and we hope to see you soon in Paris!

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