The realtor I’m working with, has indicated that I’ll need to use a French bank account to pay for the notary fees and to pay the down payment at the time of signing the compromis de vendre.
The realtor and I stopped by the local branch of the HSBC, and since my French is deplorable he facilitated the conversation with the teller there, about whether I could open a French bank account without having an actual physical address in France. The teller said that she believed it’s possible! The realtor was surprised to learn this, too. So, to do this, I need to make an appointment with someone at HSBC, and present the required documents to show income and so forth.
I’m wondering: could I just simply use a money transfer service, such as TorFX, to pay for the Notary and down payment instead? I’ve not quite registered with TorFX but I would do so if this would work.