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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6 bedroom villa for sale, Port Grimaud, French Riviera

6 bedroom villa for sale, Port Grimaud, French Riviera
3,300,000 EUR

6 bedroom villa for sale, Port Grimaud, French Riviera

Exceptional 3 storey, 6 bedroom double Fisherman's house with mooring, ideally located in a secure residential area of Port Grimaud, enjoying wonderful river views. On the ground floor is a pa...

REF: 235238
  • Bedrooms: 6
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2 bedroom apartment for sale, Port Grimaud, French Riviera

2 bedroom apartment for sale, Port Grimaud, French Riviera
457,000 EUR

2 bedroom apartment for sale, Port Grimaud, French Riviera

Enjoying wonderful river views from its idyllic location in Port Grimaud South, is this charming 2 bedroom apartment with parking. Set on the 2nd floor in a residence with lift, this stylish p...

REF: 235229
  • Floor Size: 54 square metres
  • Bedrooms: 2
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1 bedroom apartment for sale, Port Grimaud, French Riviera

1 bedroom apartment for sale, Port Grimaud, French Riviera
469,000 EUR

1 bedroom apartment for sale, Port Grimaud, French Riviera

Bright and spacious, well presented one bedroom duplex apartment, enjoying wonderful views from its idyllic location in the heart of Port Grimaud. This stylish property of 48m2 is set on the 1...

REF: 235227
  • Bedrooms: 1
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1 bedroom apartment for sale, Port Grimaud, French Riviera

1 bedroom apartment for sale, Port Grimaud, French Riviera
630,000 EUR

1 bedroom apartment for sale, Port Grimaud, French Riviera

Beautifully renovated 1 bedroom architect designed ground floor apartment with garden and mooring, enjoying wonderful river views from its idyllic location in Port Grimaud. This superb air-con...

REF: 235225
  • Floor Size: 36 square metres
  • Bedrooms: 1
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6 bedroom villa for sale, Lathuile, Haute-Savoie, Lake Annecy

6 bedroom villa for sale, Lathuile, Haute-Savoie, Lake Annecy
1,600,000 EUR

6 bedroom villa for sale, Lathuile, Haute-Savoie, Lake Annecy

Spacious, charming and luxurious 6 bedroom home, ideally situated in a quiet setting in Lathuile, just a few km from the west side of Lake Annecy. With a total beautifully presented living area...

REF: 235203
  • Floor Size: 500 square metres
  • Plot Size: 2,900 square metres (0.29 hectares / 0.72 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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7 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Carcassonne, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon

7 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Carcassonne, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon
980,000 EUR

7 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Carcassonne, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon

Beautifully refurbished 3 bedroom stone built farmhouse, with the added advantage of having 3 gites, a seminar room, large office, wine bar, wine cellar, professional kitchen and a licence IV, all of ...

REF: 235068
  • Floor Size: 310 square metres
  • Plot Size: 23,356 square metres (2.34 hectares / 5.77 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 7
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6 bedroom villa for sale, Annecy Le Vieux, Annecy, Haute-Savoie, Lake Annecy

6 bedroom villa for sale, Annecy Le Vieux, Annecy, Haute-Savoie, Lake Annecy
2,840,000 EUR

6 bedroom villa for sale, Annecy Le Vieux, Annecy, Haute-Savoie, Lake Annecy

Lovely modern 6 bedroom villa, with a total spacious living area of 300m2, situated in a quiet setting within 2,500m2 of flat landscaped gardens with a swimming pool and lovely lake and countryside vi...

REF: 235061
  • Floor Size: 300 square metres
  • Plot Size: 2,500 square metres (0.25 hectares / 0.62 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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14 bedroom French chateau for sale, Les Herrolles, Montmorillon, Vienne, Poitou-Charentes

14 bedroom French chateau for sale, Les Herrolles, Montmorillon, Vienne, Poitou-Charentes
1,890,000 EUR

14 bedroom French chateau for sale, Les Herrolles, Montmorillon, Vienne, Poitou-Charentes

Full of character and charm, this stunning 5 bedroom Chateau, which is set within a vast plot of 116 hectares, is ideally situated within a quiet setting right in the heart of France close to the famo...

REF: 235052
  • Plot Size: 1,160,000 square metres (116.00 hectares / 286.65 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 14
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4 bedroom villa for sale, Cabris, Alpes-Maritimes, Cote d'Azur French Riviera

4 bedroom villa for sale, Cabris, Alpes-Maritimes, Cote d
2,200,000 EUR

4 bedroom villa for sale, Cabris, Alpes-Maritimes, Cote d'Azur French Riviera

With simply stunning panoramic views towards the sea, countryside and the lake, this recently built 4 bedroom villa is ideally situated in a quiet setting on the hills of Cabris, which is a ravishing ...

REF: 234991
  • Plot Size: 2,200 square metres (0.22 hectares / 0.54 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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10 bedroom house for sale, Torxe, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes

10 bedroom house for sale, Torxe, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes
901,000 EUR

10 bedroom house for sale, Torxe, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes

Delightful character 6 bedroom property with 4 bedroom gite, an outbuilding and an expansive swimming pool, that has the been the subject of a thorough and tasteful renovation to create a beautiful an...

REF: 234956
  • Floor Size: 420 square metres
  • Plot Size: 15,945 square metres (1.59 hectares / 3.94 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 10
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