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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11 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Castelnaudary, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon

11 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Castelnaudary, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon
895,000 EUR

11 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Castelnaudary, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon

Spacious character farmhouse with gites and pool in a tranquil environment with almost 9 acres featuring wonderful woodlands and a lake with potential for further development to expand the existing ...

REF: 218207
  • Floor Size: 620 square metres
  • Plot Size: 35,021 square metres (3.50 hectares / 8.65 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 11
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9 bedroom villa for sale, Vence, Alpes-Maritimes, French Riviera

9 bedroom villa for sale, Vence, Alpes-Maritimes, French Riviera
2,975,000 EUR

9 bedroom villa for sale, Vence, Alpes-Maritimes, French Riviera

Charming and spacious Florentine style villa in a lovely hillside setting of over an acre with outstanding views of the old town of Vence reaching to the sea. Built in the 1950s, this except...

REF: 218199
  • Floor Size: 420 square metres
  • Plot Size: 5,055 square metres (0.51 hectares / 1.25 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 9
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3 bedroom house for sale, Eyragues, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

3 bedroom house for sale, Eyragues, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
1,190,000 EUR

3 bedroom house for sale, Eyragues, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

Delightful traditional house with 3 bedrooms just a few minutes from Saint Remy de Provence on the outskirts of the pretty village of Eyragues. The property offers a sought-after environment w...

REF: 218166
  • Floor Size: 220 square metres
  • Plot Size: 4,100 square metres (0.41 hectares / 1.01 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 3
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5 bedroom house for sale, Veyrier du Lac, Haute-Savoie, Lake Annecy

5 bedroom house for sale, Veyrier du Lac, Haute-Savoie, Lake Annecy
1,250,000 EUR

5 bedroom house for sale, Veyrier du Lac, Haute-Savoie, Lake Annecy

A most attractive traditional chalet-style property close to the lake with five bedrooms and excellent panoramic views to the lake. Located in Veyrier du lac, the house comes with living spa...

REF: 218161
  • Floor Size: 205 square metres
  • Plot Size: 936 square metres (0.09 hectares / 0.23 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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7 bedroom French chateau for sale, Bussiere, Haute-Vienne, Limousin

7 bedroom French chateau for sale, Bussiere, Haute-Vienne, Limousin
496,200 EUR

7 bedroom French chateau for sale, Bussiere, Haute-Vienne, Limousin

Beautifully and totally restored French Chateau, ideally located in a quiet and private setting right in the heart of the Haute Vienne countryside in the Limousin region, close to Bussiere Poitevine a...

REF: 218077
  • Plot Size: 57,500 square metres (5.75 hectares / 14.21 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 7
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3 bedroom villa for sale, Montauroux, Var, Cote d'Azur French Riviera

3 bedroom villa for sale, Montauroux, Var, Cote d
640,000 EUR

3 bedroom villa for sale, Montauroux, Var, Cote d'Azur French Riviera

Immaculate and totally refurbished 3 bedroom villa, with a total living area of 125m2, set within a fully enclosed plot of 2,427m2 with a swimming pool and several terraces all with panoramic views.

REF: 218065
  • Floor Size: 125 square metres
  • Plot Size: 2,427 square metres (0.24 hectares / 0.60 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 3
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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 recently built 3 bedroom contemporary villa, with a total living area of 156m2, set within an elevated plot of 2,467m2 with a swimming pool and simply breathtaking panoramic views ...

REF: 217975
  • Floor Size: 156 square metres
  • Plot Size: 2,467 square metres (0.25 hectares / 0.61 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 3
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4 bedroom villa for sale, Bonnieux, Vaucluse, Luberon

4 bedroom villa for sale, Bonnieux, Vaucluse, Luberon
1,300,000 EUR

4 bedroom villa for sale, Bonnieux, Vaucluse, Luberon

Immaculately presented throughout, this beautiful 4 bedroom home is ideally situated within a dominant elevated plot of 4,300m2, situated right in theeart of the Luberon, with stunning far reaching vi...

REF: 217972
  • Floor Size: 250 square metres
  • Plot Size: 4,300 square metres (0.43 hectares / 1.06 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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3 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Montaigu de Quercy, Tarn-et-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees

3 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Montaigu de Quercy, Tarn-et-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees
397,500 EUR

3 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Montaigu de Quercy, Tarn-et-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees

Beautifully renovated stone house with large swimming pool and set in 2 and a half acres of land with permission to build another house if desired. The very nicely presented 3 bedroom prope...

REF: 217881
  • Floor Size: 232 square metres
  • Plot Size: 10,000 square metres (1.00 hectares / 2.47 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 3
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Superb Equestrian French Chateau with Stud Farm for Sale in Normandy, France with 300 acres

Superb Equestrian French Chateau with Stud Farm for Sale in Normandy, France with 300 acres
4,685,000 EUR

Superb Equestrian French Chateau with Stud Farm for Sale in Normandy, France with 300 acres

Fabulous Eighteenth Century French Chateau set in 300 acres of renowned Normandy pasture, with prestigious stud farm and luxurious accommodation. This outstanding manoir and stud farm is set i...

REF: 217843
  • Floor Size: 550 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,197,739 square metres (119.77 hectares / 295.97 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 20
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