French Chateaux for sale in Normandy
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Character 6 bedroom House for sale in Mortagne au Perche, Normandy
Ref 246599
Full of character and charm and beautifully presented, this bright and spacious 6 bedroom manor house is located right in the historic centre of Mortagne au Perche, which has a vibrant Saturday mar...
840,000 EUR
Character 14 bedroom Chateau for sale with countryside view in Breteuil sur Iton, Normandy
Ref 245699
Full of character and charm and with a total of 14 bedrooms and bathrooms, this magnificent estate includes a 17th Century Chateau and is ideally situated in a quiet setting in Breteuil sur Iton, a...
1,490,000 EUR
Historical 4 bedroom Chateau for sale with countryside view in Chaulieu, Normandy
Ref 245099
Enchanting 4 bedroom Chateau, which is quintessentially romanticism encapsulated, located in a quiet setting in the Chaulieu area of Normandy. With stone and oak architecture and artwork combined ...
950,000 EUR
Ref 243232
Exceptionally restored 18th century Normandy Chateau with 3 gites, separate apartment and outbuildings, nestling in 11 hectares of beautiful gardens and land near all amenities in Etretat. Built b...
5,157,893 EUR
Historical 10 bedroom Chateau for sale with countryside view in Domjean, Normandy
Ref 241705
Surrounded by nearly 6 acres of glorious land with pond, dovecot, outbuildings and tennis court, is this outstanding 3 storey, 10 bedroom historical French Chateau with separate 2 bedroom guest hou...
2,500,000 EUR
7 bedroom Manor House for sale in Normandy, Normandy
Ref 196482
PRICE REDUCED - Stunning and completely restored, this substantial mansion, which dates from 1838, is located in the north of Burgundy, within a beautiful landscaped garden of 7,845m2 which is com...
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20 bedroom Chateau for sale with countryside view in La Vieille Lyre, Normandy
Ref 183982
18th Century chateau located in Burgundy, at the edge of a village in a charming valley. This 18th & 19th Century French Chateau has a living area of around 1,700m2, set out over (4 levels) which...
1,500,000 EUR
13 bedroom Chateau for sale with countryside view in Normandy, Normandy
Ref 179629
Spectacular castle located west of Paris, in Normandy, only 100km from Paris by motorway A13. This outstanding property comprises a medieval-styled chateau with around 1,225m2 of living space over...
15,000,000 EUR
14 bedroom Chateau for sale with countryside view in Normandy, Normandy
Ref 152269
PRICE REDUCED - Historic chateau in Normandy Impressive chateau dating back to the 15th and 18th centuries (Historic Monument) in excellent condition: 6 reception rooms, 14 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms...
4,800,000 EUR

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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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