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The Federation of Buyer Agents (FCI)

supervises, organizes and represents buyer agents
with buyers, real estate professionals and public authorities.

BUYER AGENT
A REGULATED AND SUPERVISED BUSINESS

The Hoguet law regulates our profession

The FCI brings together real estate hunters within the framework of the Hoguet Law n°70-9 of January 2, 1970 regulating the real estate profession, of which here are some extracts:

The members of the FCI undertake to respect the regulations of our Federation as well as the Code of Ethics.
It is a guarantee of seriousness for the real estate market and the beneficiaries.

Article 1

Amended by LAW n°2014-366 of March 24, 2014 – art 24 (V)

The provisions of this law apply to natural or legal persons who, in a usual manner, engage in or lend their assistance, even on an ancillary basis, to transactions relating to the property of others and relating to:

  1. The purchase, sale, search, exchange, rental or subletting, seasonal or not, bare or furnished, of built or unbuilt buildings;
  2. The purchase, sale or lease-management of businesses, (…)

Article 3

Modified by LAW n°2021-1104 of August 22, 2021 – art. 171 (V)

The activities referred to in Article 1 may only be exercised by natural or legal persons holding a professional card, issued, for a period and according to the procedures set by decree in the Conseil d’Etat, by the president of the chamber of commerce and territorial industry or, in the constituencies where there is no territorial chamber of commerce and industry, by the president of the regional chamber of commerce and industry, specifying which of the operations they can accomplish. (…)

Article 6

Amended by Ordinance No. 2016-131 of February 10, 2016 – art. 6

(…) No property, effect, value, sum of money representing fees, research costs, procedures, publicity or any mediation whatsoever is due to the persons indicated in Article 1 or may be required or accepted by them, before one of the transactions referred to in that article has actually been concluded and recorded in a single written document containing the commitment of the parties. (…)

The code of ethics governs our practices

The FCI property hunters act in such a way as to place their profession in a lasting way in the real estate landscape, by displaying a desire for transparency and partnership, both with consumers and with real estate professionals and public authorities.
They are signatories of the Charter of ethics for real estate buyer agents.

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Code of Ethics
of the Fédération des Chasseurs Immobiliers

  1. The members of the federation are real estate professionals specialized primarily in the search for real estate for acquisition or rental. They represent the interests of their buyer or tenant client for the sake of transparency and neutrality.
  2. The members of the federation undertake to strictly respect French and European legislation, in particular the Hoguet law (law n° 70-9 of January 2, 1970, and its successive modifications) and its various implementing decrees regulating the conditions of exercise. activities relating to certain transactions relating to buildings and businesses, in particular:
    • The members of the federation are obligatorily holders of the professional Transaction card issued by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of their head office. They are covered by professional insurance and have a financial guarantee, except in the event of non-handling of funds as provided for in article 3.2 of the Hoguet law;
    • The commitments of the members of the federation vis-à-vis their customers are contractual. All search missions are the subject of a written search mandate which stipulates, in particular: the description of the property sought, the means implemented, its duration and the conditions of remuneration. This mandate will follow the delivery of a Pre-contractual Information Document. In the case of door-to-door canvassing with an individual, the mandate must be accompanied by a withdrawal form, allowing the individual to exercise his right of withdrawal within 14 days, in accordance with Articles L. 222 -1 to L. 222-18 of the consumer code;
    • They undertake to respect the following provision, when the principal is an individual: “No property, effect, value, sum of money, representative of fees, research costs, process, advertising or any intermediary , is due to the persons indicated in Article 1 or cannot be demanded or accepted by them, before one of the transactions referred to in the said article has been effectively concluded and recorded in a single written document containing the commitment of the parties. .
      In summary, they undertake not to receive any remuneration before the completion of the mandate recorded on the date of the signing of the notarial deed in the context of an acquisition or the signing of the lease in the context of a rental.
      When the principal is a professional or acts within the framework of his professional activities, the remuneration of the agent may be increased by the costs incurred and the agent may claim payment of the costs incurred and the fees even before the transaction has actually been concluded or observed;
    • The members of the federation undertake to respect their training obligations, both for the holder of the transaction card and for each authorized commercial agent, within the framework defined by the ALUR law, namely 42 hours every 3 years, including at least 2 hours devoted to ethics and the fight against money laundering (Tracfin) and 2 hours for the fight against discrimination in access to housing;
    • The members of the federation who wish to offer services unrelated to intermediation in the transaction are authorized to use the service contract, as long as the activity concerned does not fall within the scope of the Hoguet law (for example : interior decoration, brokerage…).
  3. The members of the federation undertake to take the necessary steps with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry on which they depend, in order to authorize on their transaction card each independent commercial agent with whom they will contract. They ensure that each independent commercial agent is covered by professional insurance.
  4. The information provided by the customers of the members of the federation is strictly confidential. They may not be distributed in any way, to anyone, without prior agreement.
  5. The members of the federation undertake to provide their clients, in complete transparency, with all the information concerning the mission and to keep them regularly informed of the progress of their procedures. Any visit to a property by the principal must be done in the presence of the agent, except in exceptional cases. The members of the federation undertake to support their clients until the signing of the final act.
  6. The members of the federation undertake to respect total transparency, and to establish a climate of trust with all real estate professionals.
  7. The members of the federation are committed to upholding the ethics and image of real estate hunters, without denigration, in order to positively develop the profession in a sustainable way.
  8. The members of the federation undertake not to commit any of the discriminations mentioned in article 225-1 of the penal code, both with regard to natural persons and legal persons.
  9. The members of the federation undertake to ensure compliance with their obligations in terms of the fight against money laundering and the financing of terrorism pursuant to Article L. 561-2 of the Monetary and Financial Code.

Fédération des Chasseurs Immobiliers – 16 rue Saint-Marc – 75002 Paris – Association Loi 1901

OUR FCI REPRESENTATIVES

The Federation of Real Estate Hunters is an association Law 1901.
The board is elected for a period of two years by the members in the General Assembly.

The board is made up of pairs for the main functions:

Christine Pelosse

President
Homelike Home

Stéphane Meignant

President
Côté Acheteur

Élodie Boy

Treasurer
Home&you.paris

Allistair Philips

Treasurer
Smartfinder Home

Laurent Gaboriau

Communication
Wise Stone

Alexandre Balleyguier

Communication
Flat in the City

Chantal Bringuier

Secretary
Home by C

Jean-Pierre de Lary

Secretary
Chasse Privée

The board of the Federation of Real Estate Buyer Agents (FCI) is responsible for:

  • promoting the job of real estate Buyer Agent to real estate professionals, public authorities, as well as the general public,
  • defending its members in compliance with the law, its rules of procedure and its charter of ethics,
  • ensuring the animation necessary for a good cohesion in the exercise of our profession,
  • promoting any initiative to improve quality and efficiency in the exercise of our profession.

HOW TO JOIN
the Fédération des Chasseurs Immobiliers

Are you already in business or do you want to become a property hunter?

  • Join our Federation to guarantee ethics in our professions and quality professional relations with all players in the real estate market.
  • Benefit from the visibility of the FCI website and a presence in the FCI search engine, allowing you to find new clients
  • Benefit from FCI communication projects aimed at:
    √ customers: communication campaign
    √ professionals: establishment of partnerships
    √ institutions: action to promote the profession of real estate hunter with public authorities and schools providing training in real estate professions
  • Benefit from additional credibility with your clients and real estate professionals
  • Take advantage of a meeting place allowing you to discuss common issues, market analysis and forecasts…
  • Provision of legal documents adapted to the business
  • Sponsorship: If you start your activity, you can, as soon as you register, be accompanied by a “sponsor” to whom you can ask all your questions.

To join the FCI, you must:

  • Hold a professional card and be covered by professional liability insurance (RCP)
  • Sign and respect the code of ethics and the internal regulations of the FCI
  • Have a communication (website, advertising, etc.) mainly oriented towards the real estate hunting activity
  • Membership fee: 250 euros/en (prorated quarterly if joining during the year)