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Elegant 4 bedroom Villa for sale with panoramic view in Beziers, Occitanie
Ref 248232
Exceptional 4 bedroom villa with far reaching breathtaking far reaching views, situated in a quiet setting in thee Baziers region, overlooking its village. There is a fountain at the entrance, whi...
565,000 EUR
Historical 32 bedroom Manor House for sale with countryside view in Beziers, Languedoc-Roussillon
Ref 224952
Grand, spacious and unique 19th Century manor house, with a vast total living area of around 1,400m2, currently split into 11 apartments including a unique dwelling of 400m2 and another house, set ...
1,740,000 EUR
9 bedroom Hotel for sale with countryside view in Beziers, Languedoc-Roussillon
Ref 186671
Superb business opportunity, located in an unique setting, on the Canal du Midi with: - 7 Gites - 2.5 hectare wine producing Vineyard - Hospitality/Restaurant - Wine shop - Reception ar...
3,180,000 EUR

Area Guide

The historic city of Beziers sits on the top of a rocky spur in the Hérault department of the Languedoc in France. It is most famous for two things, bullfighting and wine. It celebrates bullfighting with a 4 day feria. The old town is bordered on three sides by water, the Orb river and the Canal du Midi. It has a rich history which can be traced through its ancient buildings, dating back to Roman times.

Buying a Property in France

1. Signing the Agreement (Compris)

On finding a property you wish to purchase you will need to negotiate the terms, price and conditions of the sale with the owner.

The next step, once you are in agreement, is to sign the preliminary contract (Compromis de Vente). This is a legal document and after ten days will be binding on both parties. Rules change frequently in France and it is best to consult with your notary about when this period starts. Generally the compris will be signed in France with the Agent.

Variants can be included in the compris, for example an Acte (clause) can be added if the name or names to go on the title deed have not been finalised. If a mortgage will be required to purchase the property, the details for this, including the name of the mortgage company, must be on the compris.

2. Paying the Deposit

Generally the deposit will be 10% of the agreed purchase price. This will normally be paid to the notaire. There are exceptions to this, if the agent holds a carte professionelle, is bonded and fully registered then you may pay them, but do not hand over the deposit to anyone else. If for some reason the purchase does not go through, for example, if you write to the notaire and the agent that you do not wish to go continue with the purchase before the contract is binding (within seven days of signing the compris), then your deposit would be repaid. This would also apply if a condition had not been met, or the mayor or S.A.F.E.R. (a government agency that has the right of first purchase on most rural property that comes onto the market in France) could oblige the purchaser to give way. If you decide after the seven days 'cooling off' period that you do not wish to complete the purchase and pull out of the sale you would lose your deposit. If however the vendor pulls out of the sale then you will receive your deposit back plus the same amount from the vendor.

3. On Completion

Generally it will take around two or three months to complete the purchase.

During this time the balance of the purchase money must be paid into the account of the notaire, this must be done well ahead of the completion date. The notaire will prepare the documents, check that the deed of sale (Acte de Vente) is in order and have the legal title ready to be signed over. It is possible to have someone sign on your behalf if you give them power of attorney. An interpreter may be of use at this point if your French is not very good and many Notaires will suggest (or insist) that an interpreter is with you.

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