It so often happens that I have to justify why I am requesting certain documents...
In the same way as a bank, a notary or other actors, real estate agents are subject to anti-money laundering legislation.
1- Obligation of identification
We need to formally identify you. To do this, we will need to see your identity card or passport and make a copy of it. In the event of a distance relationship (if we do not meet face to face), you must provide a copy of the identity document certified by an authority (municipality, police, etc.).
2-Obligation to establish the origin of the funds
We must know, with supporting evidence, the origin of the funds which made it possible to buy/transform the property or which will make it possible to buy it. Depending on the method of financing, it is possible that we ask you for salary slips, credit files, notarial deeds,... This, whether you are a seller or a buyer.
The law says "at the start of the business relation". For a seller, this means upon signing the sales mandate. For a buyer, as soon as the latter wants to make an offer.
Yes, BUT the notary will ask for it anyway. We cannot be satisfied with this. Each link in the chain is subject to this obligation. The agent is still required to do his own verification.
Yes, BUT the other agent didn't ask me anything, why are you asking me all this? Simply because at BLImmo, we comply with the laws in force.
Want to know more about the subject? Here is the guide published by the "Administration de l'Enregistrement, de la TVA et des domaines" for real estate agents.