What is a marchand de biens in French real estate ?

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The easiest way to explain what a ‘marchand de biens’ is in terms of French real estate, is that a marchand de biens is an individual who buys properties repeatedly with the intention to re sell the properties for a profit. He or she is a professional property investor who typically looks to buy low, typically renovate and sell at a higher price.

We understand that at this time (September 2013) a Marchand de biens has a special tax status relating to the fees they pay to notaries.

If you plan on becoming a marchand de bien in France it is a good idea to speak with an English speaking notary and tax adviser before you start to shop for investments. Please contact us if you would like guidance in finding an English speaking notary or tax adviser. Our contact information is here.