CENTURY 21 Les Minimes in Toulouse is a real estate agency which is situated close to the city center and we have english speaking realtors in our team !
Buying real estate in France is very different compared to most other countries.
First and foremost, the price ! The asking price, is the price the seller is asking for. There will be no auction to go higher than the asking price, so some sellers are asking for a high price in order to be sure to not "lose money". So when you are looking at listings, the prices for the same type of flat can be 50 % higher than a similar one. Our real estate agency therefore has an important job as market regulator upon these conditions. We guarantee you that almost all our listings are priced close to our "analyse comparative du marché" (market analysis) and that they are exclusive so that you can be sure they are "ici et nulle part ailleurs" (here and nowhere else).
Then when you have found your flat, there are hundreds of pages of papers concerning the community and other issues (to prevent hidden flaws) that are technically sophisticated, as well as the agreement itself. You now have 60 days to get the mortgage loan !
Also, the real estate market in Toulouse is very heterogeneous due to very different neighborhoods and constructions that do not ressemble at all.
We can help you and explain all these issues. Our agency is doing rentals as well.