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    Seahorse
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    i want to know others thoughts on this, please, as we are a tad worried.

    my elderly father in law has need to sell his second house in France  as he now  lives with us, also in France.  He has put the house with an agent in England who charges him an upfront fee, monthly website fees and will apparently ‘manage ‘ the site for him. We just found out when she turned up to have the papers signed by him.

    I grilled her on the sales technique, and apparently WE  do the viewings and showing, and she selects clients. Her angle is that she charges no fees for the buyer.

    To us it sounds fishy. She gets fees all the time it’s on the site, and has no base in France. Plus, when she came, she took some desultory photos of a house that was empty, had not been cleaned and after taking the shots said the garden needed tidying up ( it really does ). So she didn’t even take good photos.

    we have tried to tell him that a local on the ground seller would be better, that sellers never pay fees and that she cannot be serious about his son and I being the viewing team (we work full time). But he cannot see a problem. :unsure:

    He had paid over 2000 euros up front.

    Thoughts anyone ?

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    Change to an estate agent in France? They do the viewings and the buyer pays them, when the house sells. Surely this is 100 times better for your father in law?

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    1. Sell it on Le Bon Coin.

    2. Check if she is registered with Companies House

    3. Ask her for references

    4. There is always a cooling off period so get your father-in-law to say he’s a change of heart and request his £2000 back.

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    Oh, I  forgot to say…

    can you provide the name?

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    #475295

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    Thanks for the feedback Marie. I will look for references.

    Thing is,CC –  his house, his choice. He likes her because she speaks English ! I pointed out lots of agents speak English and some are actually English, but she seems to have charmed him. Also, it was over two weeks ago that he paid her. We only found out last week .

    we are advertising the place on le Bon Coin and here ourselves. The sooner it gets sold, the less he pays.

     

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    There are several English speaking…or even English people trying to profit from selling houses here in France.

    one asked for 250euros for each visit…several want money up front…it’s a scam!

    the buyer pays not the seller!

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    How did he find her/she find him? £2000 up front sounds decidedly ‘scammy’ to me, most agents are paid on results, not promises.

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    There  is a cooling off period ..usually 10 days …as with a compromis…you should see if you …your father can back out and be refunded…

    provided he agrees.

     

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    Looks like there is no changing your father in laws mind then seahorse!

    If I was you, I would be contacting her asap, to let her know that you are not happy that she has taken all that money from your elderly father in law!

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    1. Sell it on Le Bon Coin. 2. Check if she is registered with Companies House 3. Ask her for references 4. There is always a cooling off period so get your father-in-law to say he’s a change of heart and request his £2000 back.

    I must add here that only limited companies will be registered on the companies house website.

    If the lady in question is merely self-employed, she will not appear on the companies house website.

    However, you can search for a director’s name on that site, should she also be a company director.

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    This can’t be right, you need to have him change his mind and try for a refund although doubtful this will be successful as this person sounds very unscrupulous.  Use an agent who also advertises on Rightmove France such as Leggett. Good luck, hope you can get this sorted.

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    She will bleed him dry frankly Get him to ditch her ASAP Not wishing to pry but are you sure that he is capable of actually making these type of decisions In my professional life I have dealt with people who specialised in preying on elderly people having got access to their bank accounts or card details

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    No one should ask for money up front…especially for a house sale.

    we were asked to pay for visits 250 euros for each visit…..we laughed out loud….needless to say we told them no.(..an English couple…).

    report this woman!

     

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    OK, this has taken an interesting turn. She turned nasty and accidentally sent an acidic e mail meant to get to me, to HIM :yahoo:

    So he has cut the contract and we now have the house on the market ourselves. But, in the meantime, it turned out he had been making a few other financial gaffes and I had to explain a lot to the impôts after I found out he had been getting letters he didn’t understand. Long story short, we went to the notaires last week to set up power of attorney for my husband. The bigger story is, please don’t leave it too late to have that awkward conversation with your parents  And following on, even though I am nowhere near elderly, I am setting up power of attorney between me and my daughter NOW! :good:

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