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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4 bedroom house for sale, Saint Jorioz, Haute-Savoie, Lake Annecy

4 bedroom house for sale, Saint Jorioz, Haute-Savoie, Lake Annecy
1,310,000 EUR

4 bedroom house for sale, Saint Jorioz, Haute-Savoie, Lake Annecy

Full of character and charm, this spacious 4 bedroom house is ideally located in a quiet setting in Saint-Jorioz,close to Lake Annecy. With a total living area of approximately 224m2, features ...

REF: 216935
  • Floor Size: 224 square metres
  • Plot Size: 969 square metres (0.10 hectares / 0.24 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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4 bedroom townhouse for sale, Saint Jorioz, Haute-Savoie, Lake Annecy

4 bedroom townhouse for sale, Saint Jorioz, Haute-Savoie, Lake Annecy
1,045,000 EUR

4 bedroom townhouse for sale, Saint Jorioz, Haute-Savoie, Lake Annecy

Spacious 4 bedroom house located in Saint-Jorioz, ideally situated on the west side of Lake Annecy and with lovely views towards the lake and surrounding hills. This stunning wooden house, whi...

REF: 216933
  • Floor Size: 250 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,359 square metres (0.14 hectares / 0.34 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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11 bedroom French chateau for sale, Poitiers, Vienne, Poitou-Charentes

11 bedroom French chateau for sale, Poitiers, Vienne, Poitou-Charentes
1,750,000 EUR

11 bedroom French chateau for sale, Poitiers, Vienne, Poitou-Charentes

Magnificent and historic 15th and 17th Century chateau style property, with a vast total living area of 620m2, ideally situated in a quiet setting just 15km from Poitiers, set within a large plot of 2...

REF: 216907
  • Floor Size: 620 square metres
  • Plot Size: 200,000 square metres (20.00 hectares / 49.42 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 11
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5 bedroom villa for sale, Montauroux, Var, Cote d'Azur French Riviera

5 bedroom villa for sale, Montauroux, Var, Cote d
890,000 EUR

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

Modern and spacious 5 bedroom villa ideally set within flat landscaped gardens of 8,350m2 with a swimming pool, located in a quiet setting close to the village of Montauroux, near the beautiful Lake S...

REF: 216863
  • Floor Size: 300 square metres
  • Plot Size: 8,350 square metres (0.84 hectares / 2.06 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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6 bedroom manor house for sale, Pons, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes

6 bedroom manor house for sale, Pons, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes
1,090,000 EUR

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

Grand and spacious 5 bedroom 17th Century manor house, with a vast total living area of 555m2, set within a large plot of 11,178m2 with a swimming pool and lake, situated in a quiet setting close to P...

REF: 216861
  • Floor Size: 555 square metres
  • Plot Size: 11,178 square metres (1.12 hectares / 2.76 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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9 Hole Golf Course & Restaurant for sale in Biot

9 Hole Golf Course & Restaurant for sale in Biot
8,000,000 EUR

9 Hole Golf Course & Restaurant for sale in Biot

Excellent opportunity to purchase a superb 9 hole golf course, restaurant and shop situated in an exclusive area in Boit, with exceptional panoramic views over the hills and the mountains of the hinte...

REF: 216810
  • Floor Size: 1,200 square metres
  • Plot Size: 7,200 square metres (0.72 hectares / 1.78 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 0
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5 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Seillans, Var, Cote d'Azur French Riviera

5 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Seillans, Var, Cote d
1,200,000 EUR

5 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Seillans, Var, Cote d'Azur French Riviera

Charming stone built house with a total spacious living area of 300m2, set within a large plot of 28,700m2 with a swimming pool and which is planted with olive trees, situated within a quiet setting i...

REF: 216730
  • Floor Size: 300 square metres
  • Plot Size: 28,700 square metres (2.87 hectares / 7.09 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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11 bedroom manor house for sale, Saint Maigrin, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes

11 bedroom manor house for sale, Saint Maigrin, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes
1,595,000 EUR

11 bedroom manor house for sale, Saint Maigrin, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes

Beautifully restored manor house which is ideally located in a quiet setting close to Saint Maigrin, just 45 minutes from the coast and 1 hour 15 to the airport at La Rochelle. This stunning ma...

REF: 216717
  • Floor Size: 300 square metres
  • Plot Size: 11,000 square metres (1.10 hectares / 2.72 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 11
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11 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Pezenas, Herault, Languedoc-Roussillon

11 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Pezenas, Herault, Languedoc-Roussillon
1,890,000 EUR

11 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Pezenas, Herault, Languedoc-Roussillon

Superb and completely restored stone built former 18th Century winery, with a vast total living area of 750m2, set within a large plot of 100,400m2 with a swimming pool, lake, independent house and a ...

REF: 216662
  • Floor Size: 750 square metres
  • Plot Size: 100,400 square metres (10.04 hectares / 24.81 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 11
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4 bedroom villa for sale, Callian, Var, Cote d'Azur French Riviera

4 bedroom villa for sale, Callian, Var, Cote d
532,000 EUR

4 bedroom villa for sale, Callian, Var, Cote d'Azur French Riviera

Charming Provencal 4 bedroom villa located in a quiet residential area of Callian, set within a large elevated plot of 4,700m2, which includes a forest area, and with panoramic views towards the Ester...

REF: 216649
  • Floor Size: 150 square metres
  • Plot Size: 4,700 square metres (0.47 hectares / 1.16 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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