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Buyers’ services

Extraordinary places for extraordinary people, dealing with experts.

Since 1744, the name of Sotheby’s has been standing for expertise and out-of-the ordinary know-how and since 1976, that of Sotheby’s International Realty has become a synonym of excellence as well.
The sellers of the most beautiful properties trust our brand name and the skill of our real estate brokers. The combination of our local know-how with our unique resources, one-of-a-kind custom marketing and international network set our agency apart as the best professional option to access discerning buyers for your home. A survey conducted by the Luxury Institute named Sotheby’s International Realty the most prestigious real estate brand in the world.
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International brochures

Luxury real estate magazines

Upscale colorful brochures are available around the world in 700 real estate agencies and more than  50 countries as well as in all the auction houses of the Sotheby’s corporation.

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Extraordinary places for extraordinary people

All our listings are visible on 3 different websites: the one belonging to Sotheby’s International Realty corporation which is a global website, leader in luxury real estate on the web with 100 000 unique visits and more than a million hits per month, that of Sotheby’s France-Monaco which lists all the properties in France and Monaco, and those of our regional affiliates such as www.bordeauxsothebysrealty.com
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Property websites

Sotheby's International realty, 960 real estate agencies worldwide

The finest estates of Sotheby's International Realty are regularly sent to the world's most efficient websites selling luxury properties such as those of the The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Financial Times.
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Luxury real estate magazine

Reserved for our most discriminating clients, Collection Privée magazine, is the bilingual, flagship publication of Sotheby’s Realty France-Monaco which features the most outstanding properties and 110 pages of lifestyle feature articles. It comes out every year in 15 000 copies and is also available on the net at STYLE

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Luxury real estate magazine

Reside is the international property and lifestyle magazine of the global Sotheby's International Realty corporation. With a distribution of more than 50,000 copies, Reside is the perfect medium to showcase the world's finest estates to a very discriminating clientele.
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Art & Home

Luxury real estate magazine

Art & Home is the result of a collaboration between art & real estate presented by Sotheby's and Sotheby's International Realty. This stunning magazine enriches readers with a very sophisticated content mixing both the art and real estate worlds. Created for our global audience with a passion for fine art, beautiful environments, stunning jewels, time pieces, fine  wines, travels and of course, exquisite homes, it features all the elements essential to fill an extraordinary lifestyle. Distribution: 50,000 in all 70 Sotheby’s offices around the world.
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National advertising program

Luxury real estate magazine

Our Bordeaux and Cap Ferret Pyla Sotheby’s International Realty agencies have regularly taken ads in major French publications, monthly and weekly magazines such as Le Point, le Figaro, Propriétés de France,  etc.
In the fall of 2015, Bordeaux Sotheby’s International Realty has launched a new ad campaign ‘I Love Bordeaux: Love it here, Live here’, first of a 5-poster series all evoking the various assets of our agency and its excellent service.
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Media and press relation

For many years, the press services of Sotheby’s International Realty has been nurturing excellent relationships with international media. Our press attachés are permanently looking for opportunities to generate high quality articles about the properties we have in our portfolio. Great interviews of our CEO, Alexander Kraft, are frequent such as the one which aired on BFMTV on May 4, 2015.
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Sotheby’s International Realty France - Monaco is a regular official partner of prestigious national or international events such as the Cannes Film Festival, the Monaco Yacht Show or the Wimbledon Tennis Championship.
We also participate in numerous marketing and communication initiatives in the Wall Street Journal, the International Herald Tribune, etc
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The widest luxury real estate sales and purchases network in the world

The Sotheby’s International Realty and Sotheby’s networks span across the Americas, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Orient, Australia, Africa, Asia and of course, the whole of Europe and Russia. Our 700 real estate offices and our auction houses cooperate closely together in order to put your property in the lime light and sell it. All the information is sent to all the offices around the world, not just our local contacts.
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The resources of the world leader in luxury real estate

A Unique Luxury real estate team

With its network of 700 agencies on all 5 continents, and 50 offices on the main markets of France and Monaco, Sotheby’s International Realty offers more than 1700 exceptional homes, strictly selected. An incomparable position to help you find the property of your dreams or sell the one you wish to part with.
A great selection of upscale local properties

A great selection of upscale local properties

Whether it is a pied à terre, a vineyard estate or a historical landmark, all the local offices of Sotheby’s International Realty France-Monaco offer a wide selection of amazing properties to discerning clients. The expertise and skill of our highly respected local agents enable every buyer to find the perfect property.
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The buying process in France

Buying in France requires several steps:
The research contract binds the potential buyer with the real estate agent and determines the parameters of the search.
The selling contract tying the seller and the buyer is mandatory and determines the essential conditions of the sale.
Once the offer is made and accepted by the seller, a ‘sous seing privé’ or ‘promise to sell’ is signed in front of an official solicitor. It is a binding contract stating the price, the terms of the sale and its general conditions.
When signing the ‘sous seing privé’, the buyer will give a deposit of 10% of the total amount which will be accounted against the agreed purchase price. He/she benefits from a 10 day ‘cooling off’ period during which he/she can change his/her mind and withdraw from the transaction.  The seller however cannot withdraw from it, without a very serious cause. After 10 days, the contract is binding.
The selling price includes the broker’s fee.
The final deed is signed in the sollicitor’s office (the notaire) by both parties three months after the ‘sous-seing privé’. All the legal fees (around 7,2%) of the purchase price are paid by the buyer.
Reports and measurements

Reports and measurements

It is required by law to do a complete examination of the property so as to make a full diagnosis of the electrical system and various other energy driven systems (heating, insulation, etc.). A report about the potential presence of lead must be provided by the sellers for all properties built before 1948 as well as asbestos, termites, natural gaz and other natural hazards depending on the year of construction. For all condominiums, measurements have to be taken in compliance with the Carrez Law.
Sotheby's Auction

Sotheby's auction house

Sotheby’s organizes more than 350 auctions per year, mainly between London, Paris or New York. However, other auctions may take place in great capitals of the world, such as Hong Kong, Melbourne, Singapore, Geneva or Milano.
The lots are exposed to the public for about a week prior to the sale and presented in catalogs which are available a month before as well. They contain a detailed description of the goods, their origin, the bibliographic references and their estimated value. Those catalogs are available in several languages on the site www.sothebys.com before each sale. It is possible to download them so as to place a bid during a sale in person or by sending back the purchasing form which can be found at the back of the catalog or on line. Sometimes, it is even possible to bid on line directly or by telephone. Sotheby’s will invoice the buyer in addition to the winning tender.