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Notary Fees question

We are in the middle of the process selling our place outside Zurich and buying in swiss romandie (st cergue). Here the notary costs are being split between us and the purchasers and this is considered to be normal practice. But on the french side we've been told we have to foot the total costs as the purchasers. Is this normal over there? Are we being ripped off?
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Old 25.02.2009, 14:40
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Re: Notary Fees question

Yes, i am afraid that here the buyer pays the notary fees. In different cantons the rate differs, but it is usually between 3 and 5% of the value of the transaction.

Your advantage as a buyer is that you can choose your own notary who can explain how this works. You can consult this website and find your notary (apparently there is one in Nyon that speaks English fluently): http://www.notaires.ch/
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Old 25.02.2009, 14:42
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We are in the middle of the process selling our place outside Zurich and buying in swiss romandie (st cergue). Here the notary costs are being split between us and the purchasers and this is considered to be normal practice. But on the french side we've been told we have to foot the total costs as the purchasers. Is this normal over there? Are we being ripped off?
The buyer pays the notary fees unless you can negotiate to split them with the seller. Thought that was the case all over Switzerland.
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Oh poo, thanks Nev
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The buyer pays the notary fees unless you can negotiate to split them with the seller. Thought that was the case all over Switzerland.
I don't think that's the case. I recently purchased an apartment and the notary fees were split, and I certainly didn't have to negotiate with the seller. So I guess judging from the various responses that there is actually no hard and fast rule.
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Old 25.02.2009, 15:01
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The buyer pays the notary fees unless you can negotiate to split them with the seller. Thought that was the case all over Switzerland.
I have never heard of fees being split in or around Geneva, but in the current economic situation the sellers may concede. You can certainly lose nothing by trying to negotiate this.
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Old 25.02.2009, 15:24
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I don't think that's the case. I recently purchased an apartment and the notary fees were split, and I certainly didn't have to negotiate with the seller. So I guess judging from the various responses that there is actually no hard and fast rule.
But you didn't buy in Romandie right?
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Re: Notary Fees question

will be I'm afraid. Selling Zurich, buying Geneva.
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Old 25.02.2009, 15:37
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will be I'm afraid. Selling Zurich, buying Geneva.
Sorry, I was referring to Frazer's comments. Is it too late to ask your seller if he would be prepared to split costs?
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Re: Notary Fees question

given that it was a struggle to get them to drop the price by 10k and the fact that it seems its normal down your way than I fear not.

But at least i feel reasured that we aren't being totally ripped off.
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Re: Notary Fees question

We actually negotiated that our builder foot the entire bill for the notary costs; I guess one of the advantages of buying at this time..in my opinion, you can always negotiate with the Swiss, but you have to be adept and diplomatic about it, they dont seem to like the direct approach.
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