French Properties with Lakes and Ponds
French Properties with Lakes and Ponds

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Guide to the French Buying Process

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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All information provided is believed to be current and provided free of charge. No liability can be accepted for the reliability of the information and statements made as this is obtained from 3rd parties. We always recommend you take legal advice from a fully qualified Lawyer or Notary before buying a property overseas.

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4 bedroom mill for sale, Grimaud, French Riviera

4 bedroom mill for sale, Grimaud, French Riviera
2,800,000 EUR

4 bedroom mill for sale, Grimaud, French Riviera

Originally a windmill, this superb and totally refurbished 4 bedroom, stone built home is ideally set in a quiet picturesque area on the edge of a river,yet just a 5 minutes drive from Grimaud village...

REF: 223366
  • Floor Size: 500 square metres
  • Plot Size: 7,000 square metres (0.70 hectares / 1.73 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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8 bedroom house for sale, Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine

8 bedroom house for sale, Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine
2,650,000 EUR

8 bedroom house for sale, Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine

Grand, spacious and full of character and charm, this superb 17th Century Chartreuse house is ideally situated within a quiet area close to Bordeaux, within a large 17 hectare plot, of which 12 hectar...

REF: 223324
  • Bedrooms: 8
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4 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Thiviers, Dordogne, Dordogne Perigord Vert

4 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Thiviers, Dordogne, Dordogne Perigord Vert
1,300,000 EUR

4 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Thiviers, Dordogne, Dordogne Perigord Vert

Elegant and spacious 19th Century farm estate situated in a quiet setting close to Thiviers, set within a large 17 hectare plot with a swimming pool and lake. Superbly maintained throughout, t...

REF: 223323
  • Floor Size: 265 square metres
  • Plot Size: 170,000 square metres (17.00 hectares / 42.01 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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8 bedroom manor house for sale, Pons, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes

8 bedroom manor house for sale, Pons, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes
695,000 EUR

8 bedroom manor house for sale, Pons, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes

Rare and historic stone built country house, which is in immaculate condition throughout with the WOW factor, situated in a quiet setting yet with easy access to Cognac and the beach. Formerly ...

REF: 223303
  • Floor Size: 426 square metres
  • Plot Size: 11,997 square metres (1.20 hectares / 2.96 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 8
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5 bedroom house for sale, Casteljaloux, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine

5 bedroom house for sale, Casteljaloux, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine
689,000 EUR

5 bedroom house for sale, Casteljaloux, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine

Charming and spacious 5 bedroom colonial style home, with a total living area of 332m2, set within 11 hectares of land with a swimming pool, located in an enviable position on a hilltop with lovely vi...

REF: 223237
  • Floor Size: 332 square metres
  • Plot Size: 110,000 square metres (11.00 hectares / 27.18 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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5 bedroom manor house for sale, Avignon, Vaucluse, Provence

5 bedroom manor house for sale, Avignon, Vaucluse, Provence
650,000 EUR

5 bedroom manor house for sale, Avignon, Vaucluse, Provence

Grand, spacious and completely refurbished 5 bedroom manor house, ideally situated in a quiet residential area, within walking distance from the historic centre of Avignon, with a mature garden and a ...

REF: 223224
  • Floor Size: 180 square metres
  • Plot Size: 600 square metres (0.06 hectares / 0.15 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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3 bedroom villa for sale, Le Tignet, Grasse, Cote d'Azur French Riviera

3 bedroom villa for sale, Le Tignet, Grasse, Cote d
1,395,000 EUR

3 bedroom villa for sale, Le Tignet, Grasse, Cote d'Azur French Riviera

Modern and spacious 3 bedroom villa, ideally situated in an elevated setting with stunning panoramic views from the Lerins Islands to St Cassien Lake, located at a dead end, in a quiet and peaceful lo...

REF: 223168
  • Floor Size: 156 square metres
  • Plot Size: 2,467 square metres (0.25 hectares / 0.61 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 3
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7 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Sos, Lot-et-Garonne, Gascony

7 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Sos, Lot-et-Garonne, Gascony
521,276 EUR

7 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Sos, Lot-et-Garonne, Gascony

Lovely 7 bed restored stone farm house with 2 bedroom apartment set in over 80 acres with panoramic views of the countryside. Currently run as a beef farm with two large outbuildings, the land...

REF: 223143
  • Floor Size: 300 square metres
  • Plot Size: 330,240 square metres (33.02 hectares / 81.61 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 7
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6 bedroom house for sale, La Redorte, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon

6 bedroom house for sale, La Redorte, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon
561,800 EUR

6 bedroom house for sale, La Redorte, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon

Beautifully presented bright and spacious 6 bedroom house, which was built around 20 years ago, ideally situated in a quiet setting on the edge of a lovely village, close to shops, Canal du Midi, 30 m...

REF: 223130
  • Floor Size: 336 square metres
  • Plot Size: 4,320 square metres (0.43 hectares / 1.07 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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5 bedroom house for sale, Velines, Dordogne, Aquitaine

5 bedroom house for sale, Velines, Dordogne, Aquitaine
699,600 EUR

5 bedroom house for sale, Velines, Dordogne, Aquitaine

Stunning and beautifully renovated stone property restored to the highest of standards, with 5 bedrooms/5 bathrooms and a huge swimming pool in wonderful grounds of over 9 acres with Dordogne river...

REF: 223107
  • Floor Size: 293 square metres
  • Plot Size: 36,655 square metres (3.67 hectares / 9.06 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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