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Inviting 5 bedroom Villa for sale with lake or river and panoramic views in Carcassonne, Occitanie
Ref 248602
Large Lousiana-style villa with spacious open-plan living areas and vast landscaped garden, with the possibility of installing a swimming pool with fabulous panoramic south-facing views over the la...
665,000 EUR
Income Producing 9 bedroom Chateau for sale in Saint Macaire du Bois, Pays de la Loire
Ref 248601
Delightful Loire manor house with gites set in almost an acre of land, with pool and successful income stream, Situated in the lovely village of Saint Macaire du Bois, this property is perfectly po...
1,190,000 EUR
Turn Key 4 bedroom Apartment for sale with panoramic view in Californie, Cannes, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 248600
A luxury residence in Californie, a delightful flat being renovated of 120m2. The flat comprises a hall, a large living room opening onto a 33m2 terrace, a fully equipped open-plan kitchen and fou...
2,480,000 EUR
House for sale with panoramic view with Income Potential in Roquefort les Pins, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 248599
A spacious and versatile residence in excellent condition, cleverly divided into three separate dwellings, offering exceptional flexibility and adaptability for multi-generational living, hosting f...
1,987,500 EUR
Bright 4 bedroom House for sale in Antibes, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 248598
A bright and beautiful house, with a living area of about 148m2 in a quiet and desirable location, about 30/40 minutes walk from the centre of Antibes. The house was completely renovated about 3 ...
1,299,000 EUR
Bright 2 bedroom Apartment for sale in Cannes, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 248597
Bright and stylish apartment with 2 bedrooms and a sunny south-facing terrace. The apartment is cross-through, allowing for pleasant airflow. The separate kitchen is modern and equipped with a d...
590,000 EUR
Turn Key 3 bedroom Apartment for sale with sea view in Cannes, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 248596
Ideally located on Felix Faure Street, a fully renovated pedestrian street near the beaches and shops, within a bourgeois building, this magnificent 4-room apartment has been completely renovated w...
2,200,000 EUR
Character 6 bedroom Farmhouse for sale in Boussy, Auvergne Rhone Alpes
Ref 248594
Superb rural property in the area of Annecy Sud, yet just 15 minutes from the motorway with considerable development opportunities, swimming pool and fabulous panoramic views This lovely country ...
1,320,000 EUR
Luxury 5 bedroom Villa for sale with sea view in Cap d'Antibes, Antibes, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 248593
Overlooking the sea towards Cannes, this charming Provencal-style property is situated on the western side of Cap d'Antibes, perfectly located for the beaches. With a total living area of 360m2 p...
5,500,000 EUR
Inviting 4 bedroom Apartment for sale with sea and panoramic views in La Croix Valmer, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 248592
LIght and airy 4 bedroom apartment in La Croix-Valmer, in a peaceful situation with panoramic sea views. With four spacious, light-filled bedrooms, it can easily accommodate a large family or frien...
862,000 EUR
Spacious 4 bedroom Apartment for sale with panoramic and sea views in Cap d'Ail, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 248591
Family flat for sale in Cap d'Ail, in a luxury residence with a 33 m2 terrace, offering lovely views of the sea and Monaco. This 108 m2 property comes with 5 rooms. It comprises a living room, 4 ...
1,800,000 EUR
Renovated 5 bedroom House for sale in Opio, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 248590
Tastefully renovated and spacious villa property with 5 bedrooms and pool, nestled in a peaceful setting yet within walking distance of the village of Valbonne. Offering charm and authenticity, th...
2,950,000 EUR
Luxury 5 bedroom Villa for sale with panoramic and sea views in Cap d'Antibes, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 248589
Magnificent and recently renovated Provencal villa, situated in an idyllic setting on the eastern slope of Cap d'Antibes, close to the beaches and offering breathtaking views of the sea and the old...
5,700,000 EUR
Waterfront 1 bedroom Apartment for sale with sea view in Californie, Cannes, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 248588
Delightful T2 apartment in an exceptional location on the renowned Croisette with fabulous sea views. This bright property comes with living space of 47 m2. It includes an open kitchen, a living ...
799,000 EUR
Furnished 1 bedroom Apartment for sale with sea view in Menton, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 248587
Single bedroom apartment in a great location in a quiet residential district in Garavan, Menton. The 59m2 property is found on the fourth floor of a high standing beach-front residence with caret...
389,000 EUR
New Build 2 bedroom Apartment for sale in Crest Voland, Auvergne Rhone Alpes
Ref 248583
A two bedroom apartment in a charming chalet-style residence in the heart of the Val d'Arly, in a privileged location in the centre of the village of Crest-Voland, just a few minutes' walk from the...
523,000 EUR
New Build 1 bedroom Apartment for sale in Crest Voland, Auvergne Rhone Alpes
Ref 248582
A single bedroom apartment in a charming chalet-style residence in a privileged location in the centre of the village of Crest-Voland, just a few minutes' walk from the ski lifts. This property...
362,000 EUR
7 bedroom Manor House for sale with countryside view with Income Potential in La Rochelle, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 248581
Charming character property for sale between La Rochelle and the Marais Poitevin, with 7 bedrooms and swimming pool, set in lovely mature grounds. This beautiful residence, typically Aunisian, wa...
985,000 EUR
9 bedroom Chateau for sale with Income Potential in Blaye, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 248579
Nestling in nearly 5 acres of glorious landscaped gardens is this beautifully renovated 9 bedroom South facing French Chateau with separate one bedroom apartment and outbuildings, ideally located i...
1,500,000 EUR
Immaculate 2 bedroom Apartment for sale with panoramic view in Cannes, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 248577
Luxuriously renovated 2 bedroom South facing apartment with beautiful communal gardens, enjoying panoramic sea views from its location near all amenities in Cannes. This magnificent property is s...
950,000 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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