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

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French Properties with Lakes and Ponds

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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5 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Condom, Gers, Gascony

5 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Condom, Gers, Gascony
489,360 EUR

5 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Condom, Gers, Gascony

A solid, stone, walled country estate with substantial potential and panoramic views, nestled in the rolling French countryside, with private driveway. The property which is partly renovated ...

REF: 221804
  • Floor Size: 180 square metres
  • Plot Size: 19,000 square metres (1.90 hectares / 4.70 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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11 bedroom house for sale, Ambazac, Haute-Vienne, Limousin

11 bedroom house for sale, Ambazac, Haute-Vienne, Limousin
583,000 EUR

11 bedroom house for sale, Ambazac, Haute-Vienne, Limousin

Unique opportunity to acquire a collection of properties, stables and 60 acres of land with lakes, near the village of Ambazac. There is revenue to be made from outdoor pursuits, a restaurant, ...

REF: 221723
  • Floor Size: 0 square metres
  • Plot Size: 240,000 square metres (24.00 hectares / 59.31 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 11
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4 bedroom house for sale, Sevrier, Haute-Savoie, Lake Annecy

4 bedroom house for sale, Sevrier, Haute-Savoie, Lake Annecy
1,350,000 EUR

4 bedroom house for sale, Sevrier, Haute-Savoie, Lake Annecy

Set in nearly half an acre of landscaped gardens is this charming 3 bedroom renovated house with one bedroom studio, enjoying stunning views across the lake to the mountains beyond. This deligh...

REF: 221712
  • Floor Size: 200 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,718 square metres (0.17 hectares / 0.42 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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6 bedroom house for sale, Epargnes, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes

6 bedroom house for sale, Epargnes, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes
367,000 EUR

6 bedroom house for sale, Epargnes, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes

Situated between La Rochelle and Bordeaux near all amenities is this charming 6 bedroom stone house with outbuilding and garden. This spacious property with garage is on a 0.23 acres plot.

REF: 221687
  • Floor Size: 349 square metres
  • Plot Size: 930 square metres (0.09 hectares / 0.23 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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7 bedroom house for sale, Castillonnes, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine

7 bedroom house for sale, Castillonnes, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine
551,200 EUR

7 bedroom house for sale, Castillonnes, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine

A unique opportunity to acquire a collection of properties set in over 6 acres of land with a private fishing lake and pool, enjoying scenic countryside views in Castillonnes. These marvellous ...

REF: 221677
  • Floor Size: 319 square metres
  • Plot Size: 24,697 square metres (2.47 hectares / 6.10 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 7
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7 bedroom house for sale, Ruffec, Charente, Poitou-Charentes

7 bedroom house for sale, Ruffec, Charente, Poitou-Charentes
487,600 EUR

7 bedroom house for sale, Ruffec, Charente, Poitou-Charentes

Spacious and full of character and charm, this spacious 3 bedroom stone built farmhouse and 2 separate gites are ideally situated within a quiet and tranquil setting in Ruffec, just 15 minutes to a ma...

REF: 221576
  • Floor Size: 382 square metres
  • Plot Size: 12,162 square metres (1.22 hectares / 3.01 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 7
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6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Bergerac, Dordogne, Aquitaine

6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Bergerac, Dordogne, Aquitaine
1,155,000 EUR

6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Bergerac, Dordogne, Aquitaine

Set in over 8 acres of land with a lake and its own 9 hole golf course, is this charming renovated 14th century Chateau with large pool, located just 15 minutes from the centre of Bergerac. Ste...

REF: 221538
  • Floor Size: 441 square metres
  • Plot Size: 33,815 square metres (3.38 hectares / 8.36 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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2 bedroom house for sale, Bergerac, Dordogne, Aquitaine

2 bedroom house for sale, Bergerac, Dordogne, Aquitaine
689,000 EUR

2 bedroom house for sale, Bergerac, Dordogne, Aquitaine

Set in over 2 acres of beautiful land is this charming 2 bedroom luxury and spacious house with pool, enjoying scenic views and private access to the river. It has recently been built and compr...

REF: 221537
  • Floor Size: 221 square metres
  • Plot Size: 9,838 square metres (0.98 hectares / 2.43 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 2
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6 bedroom house for sale, Grasse, Cote d'Azur French Riviera

6 bedroom house for sale, Grasse, Cote d
3,500,000 EUR

6 bedroom house for sale, Grasse, Cote d'Azur French Riviera

Set in 3 hectares of woodland and beautiful landscaped gardens is this marvellous 6 bedroom renovated 18th century historic 'Bastide' with expansive pool, separate apartment and river frontage.

REF: 221532
  • Floor Size: 434 square metres
  • Plot Size: 30,000 square metres (3.00 hectares / 7.41 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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Beautiful Eighteenth Century Manor House with Six Bedrooms in Aquitaine for Sale with Gites and Pool

Beautiful Eighteenth Century Manor House with Six Bedrooms in Aquitaine for Sale with Gites and Pool
750,000 EUR

Beautiful Eighteenth Century Manor House with Six Bedrooms in Aquitaine for Sale with Gites and Pool

Outstanding Eighteenth Century stone Manor House which has been beautifully renovated with gites, swimming pool and outbuildings, set in exquisite landscaped gardens in the heart of a pretty village.<...

REF: 221516
  • Floor Size: 395 square metres
  • Plot Size: 13,000 square metres (1.30 hectares / 3.21 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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