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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10 bedroom French chateau for sale, La Roche Posay, Chatellerault, Vienne, Poitou-Charentes

10 bedroom French chateau for sale, La Roche Posay, Chatellerault, Vienne, Poitou-Charentes
1,550,000 EUR

10 bedroom French chateau for sale, La Roche Posay, Chatellerault, Vienne, Poitou-Charentes

Full of character and charm and with a total spacious living area of 710m2, this stunning 19th Century chateau, which has been beautifully renovated and is in immaculate condition throughout.

REF: 230247
  • Floor Size: 710 square metres
  • Plot Size: 73,139 square metres (7.31 hectares / 18.07 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 10
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5 bedroom house for sale, Saix, Castres, Tarn, Midi-Pyrenees

5 bedroom house for sale, Saix, Castres, Tarn, Midi-Pyrenees
535,000 EUR

5 bedroom house for sale, Saix, Castres, Tarn, Midi-Pyrenees

Full of character and charm and with a total spacious living area of 441m2, this superb home is situated in a quiet and peaceful location surrounded by beautiful countryside, yet just a 2 minute drive...

REF: 230213
  • Floor Size: 441 square metres
  • Plot Size: 28,914 square metres (2.89 hectares / 7.14 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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8 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Villefranche de Lonchat, Dordogne, Aquitaine

8 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Villefranche de Lonchat, Dordogne, Aquitaine
2,120,000 EUR

8 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Villefranche de Lonchat, Dordogne, Aquitaine

Superb stone built 8 bedroom property, which is ideally set within a quiet and large 3.5 hectare estate with splendid views of a pond below, in a green setting and surrounded by vines and trees.

REF: 230199
  • Floor Size: 400 square metres
  • Plot Size: 39,000 square metres (3.90 hectares / 9.64 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 8
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7 bedroom manor house for sale, Angouleme, Charente, Poitou-Charentes

7 bedroom manor house for sale, Angouleme, Charente, Poitou-Charentes
2,226,000 EUR

7 bedroom manor house for sale, Angouleme, Charente, Poitou-Charentes

Grand and spacious 7 bedroom stone built manor house, ideally situated in a quiet setting just 30 minutes from Angouleme (TGV), on the Charente/Dordogne border, between Angouleme and Brantome. ...

REF: 230146
  • Floor Size: 800 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,220,000 square metres (122.00 hectares / 301.47 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 7
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6 bedroom manor house for sale, Morbihan, Morbihan, Brittany

6 bedroom manor house for sale, Morbihan, Morbihan, Brittany
644,800 EUR

6 bedroom manor house for sale, Morbihan, Morbihan, Brittany

Full of character and charm, this superb 6 bedroom stone built house is located in a quiet setting in the village of Josselin, which is in the Morbihan area of Brittany. With a total spacious l...

REF: 230136
  • Floor Size: 315 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,200 square metres (0.12 hectares / 0.30 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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5 bedroom house for sale, Grambois, Vaucluse, Luberon

5 bedroom house for sale, Grambois, Vaucluse, Luberon
1,240,000 EUR

5 bedroom house for sale, Grambois, Vaucluse, Luberon

Full of character and charm and ideally situated within a quiet setting close to the charming village of Grambois in the Luberon, this superb stone built 5 bedroom house has been tastefully renovated ...

REF: 230125
  • Floor Size: 220 square metres
  • Plot Size: 25,000 square metres (2.50 hectares / 6.18 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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6 bedroom villa for sale, Saint Paul en Foret, Var, Cote d'Azur French Riviera

6 bedroom villa for sale, Saint Paul en Foret, Var, Cote d
1,950,000 EUR

6 bedroom villa for sale, Saint Paul en Foret, Var, Cote d'Azur French Riviera

Superb 6 bedroom home with a total spacious living area of 450m2, set within a large mature 1 hectare plot with a swimming pool and a lake. Features include a bright 100m2 living room with a fi...

REF: 230037
  • Floor Size: 450 square metres
  • Plot Size: 10,000 square metres (1.00 hectares / 2.47 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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8 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Montaigu de Quercy, Tarn-et-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees

8 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Montaigu de Quercy, Tarn-et-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees
895,000 EUR

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

3 charming stone built properties, with a combined total spacious living area of 421m2 with a total of 8 bedrooms, set within a large plot of 136,600m2, which includes a swimming pool, 5 hectares of m...

REF: 230005
  • Floor Size: 421 square metres
  • Plot Size: 136,600 square metres (13.66 hectares / 33.76 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 8
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4 bedroom house for sale, Fayence, Var, Cote d'Azur French Riviera

4 bedroom house for sale, Fayence, Var, Cote d
1,260,000 EUR

4 bedroom house for sale, Fayence, Var, Cote d'Azur French Riviera

In excellent condition throughout, this spacious 4 bedroom home, which was built in 2004, is ideally situated in a quiet setting within a large flat plot of 42,526m2 with a swimming pool, stabling for...

REF: 229995
  • Floor Size: 290 square metres
  • Plot Size: 42,526 square metres (4.25 hectares / 10.51 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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7 bedroom house for sale, Port Grimaud, French Riviera

7 bedroom house for sale, Port Grimaud, French Riviera
2,950,000 EUR

7 bedroom house for sale, Port Grimaud, French Riviera

Unique opportunity to acquire a very well presented 3 storey, 7 bedroom house with mooring, enjoying scenic river views from its sought after location in Port Grimaud. Set in a secured residen...

REF: 229972
  • Bedrooms: 7
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