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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19 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Tarn, Tarn, Midi-Pyrenees

19 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Tarn, Tarn, Midi-Pyrenees
1,865,000 EUR

19 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Tarn, Tarn, Midi-Pyrenees

Beautiful country estate, with a total of 19 bedrooms, with its origins dating from 1740, set within a fabulous location with panoramic views of the Pyrenees and surrounded by 41 hectares of woodland ...

REF: 228968
  • Floor Size: 900 square metres
  • Plot Size: 412,524 square metres (41.25 hectares / 101.94 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 19
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5 bedroom house for sale, Valbonne, French Riviera

5 bedroom house for sale, Valbonne, French Riviera
1,750,000 EUR

5 bedroom house for sale, Valbonne, French Riviera

Beautiful 5 bedroom neo-Provencal villa, with a total spacious living area of 280m2, ideally situated in a quiet setting close to the village of Valbonne, set within a flat plot of 2,736m2 with a heat...

REF: 228959
  • Floor Size: 280 square metres
  • Plot Size: 2,736 square metres (0.27 hectares / 0.68 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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7 bedroom French chateau for sale, Agnac, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine

7 bedroom French chateau for sale, Agnac, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine
887,000 EUR

7 bedroom French chateau for sale, Agnac, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine

Beautifully and sympathetically refurbished, this large 7 bedroom stone built property has been totally modernised to include 4 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms in the main house and a 3 bedroom family annex...

REF: 228924
  • Floor Size: 436 square metres
  • Plot Size: 10,273 square metres (1.03 hectares / 2.54 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 7
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5 bedroom French chateau for sale, Saint Caprais de Bordeaux, Gironde, Gascony

5 bedroom French chateau for sale, Saint Caprais de Bordeaux, Gironde, Gascony
5,350,000 EUR

5 bedroom French chateau for sale, Saint Caprais de Bordeaux, Gironde, Gascony

Unique opportunity to acquire an exceptional Bordeaux vineyard Chateau and estate, nestling in 19 hectares of vineyards, lake and glorious landscaped gardens with expansive pool, located near all amen...

REF: 228827
  • Plot Size: 190,000 square metres (19.00 hectares / 46.95 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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6 bedroom mill for sale, Uzes, Gard, Languedoc-Roussillon

6 bedroom mill for sale, Uzes, Gard, Languedoc-Roussillon
795,000 EUR

6 bedroom mill for sale, Uzes, Gard, Languedoc-Roussillon

Full of character and charm, this former spinning mill is ideally located at the edge of the Gard with the Ardeche and only 40 minutes from Uzes. Beautifully and sympathetically restored by a c...

REF: 228815
  • Floor Size: 290 square metres
  • Plot Size: 20,000 square metres (2.00 hectares / 4.94 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Courgeac, Montmoreau, Charente, Poitou-Charentes

6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Courgeac, Montmoreau, Charente, Poitou-Charentes
934,350 EUR

6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Courgeac, Montmoreau, Charente, Poitou-Charentes

Wonderfully restored 3 storey, 6 bedroom property dating from the 12th, and 15th centuries, with separate house, nestling in 5.5 acres of glorious land with 2 fishing lakes, a paddock with stable and ...

REF: 228635
  • Floor Size: 300 square metres
  • Plot Size: 22,666 square metres (2.27 hectares / 5.60 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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5 bedroom villa for sale, Mougins, French Riviera

5 bedroom villa for sale, Mougins, French Riviera
7,900,000 EUR

5 bedroom villa for sale, Mougins, French Riviera

Luxurious 5 bedroom villa ideally situated within one of the most highly sought-after areas of Mougins, ideally located for the old village, golf courses and international schools, set within a beauti...

REF: 228604
  • Floor Size: 400 square metres
  • Plot Size: 4,000 square metres (0.40 hectares / 0.99 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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17 bedroom mill for sale, Busserolles, Dordogne, Dordogne Perigord Vert

17 bedroom mill for sale, Busserolles, Dordogne, Dordogne Perigord Vert
899,940 EUR

17 bedroom mill for sale, Busserolles, Dordogne, Dordogne Perigord Vert

Stunning 17 bedroom private water mill estate, which features 4 beautifully restored houses which offers excellent accommodation for large groups of holiday makers set around a courtyard. With...

REF: 228559
  • Floor Size: 184 square metres
  • Bedrooms: 17
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8 bedroom French chateau for sale, Dax, Landes, Gascony

8 bedroom French chateau for sale, Dax, Landes, Gascony
1,199,000 EUR

8 bedroom French chateau for sale, Dax, Landes, Gascony

Full of character and charm, this superb historic 17th Century chateau has a total spacious living area of 840m2 and is set within a large plot of 55,723m2 with a swimming pool and various outbuilding...

REF: 228535
  • Floor Size: 840 square metres
  • Plot Size: 55,723 square metres (5.57 hectares / 13.77 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 8
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5 bedroom French chateau for sale, Nogent le Rotrou, Orne, Normandy

5 bedroom French chateau for sale, Nogent le Rotrou, Orne, Normandy
1,350,000 EUR

5 bedroom French chateau for sale, Nogent le Rotrou, Orne, Normandy

Nestling in 15 hectares of glorious land with an 8,000m2 lake, is this enchanting 5 bedroom 15th Century authentic Manor House with pool and outbuildings, enjoying far reaching countryside views from ...

REF: 228500
  • Floor Size: 400 square metres
  • Plot Size: 157,575 square metres (15.76 hectares / 38.94 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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