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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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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4 bedroom French chateau for sale, Mauvezin, Gers, Midi-Pyrenees

4 bedroom French chateau for sale, Mauvezin, Gers, Midi-Pyrenees
2,100,000 EUR

4 bedroom French chateau for sale, Mauvezin, Gers, Midi-Pyrenees

Exceptional 13th century 4 bedroom French Chateau with separate cottage, pool and lake, set in 11.5 acres of glorious land in a peaceful location near Mauvezin. It is in excellent condition, a...

REF: 224642
  • Floor Size: 342 square metres
  • Plot Size: 46,634 square metres (4.66 hectares / 11.52 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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6 bedroom mill for sale, Meounes Les Montrieux, Var, Cote d'Azur French Riviera

6 bedroom mill for sale, Meounes Les Montrieux, Var, Cote d
698,000 EUR

6 bedroom mill for sale, Meounes Les Montrieux, Var, Cote d'Azur French Riviera

Stunning 6 bedroom stone built mill house, with a total spacious living area of 300m2, set within a private and mature garden of 1,645m2 with a swimming pool, located in a quiet setting close to Meou...

REF: 224600
  • Floor Size: 300 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,645 square metres (0.16 hectares / 0.41 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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4 bedroom house for sale, Carcassonne, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon

4 bedroom house for sale, Carcassonne, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon
495,000 EUR

4 bedroom house for sale, Carcassonne, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon

Charming and spacious 4 bedroom 18th Century property, ideally situated in a quiet setting on the outskirts of small village, in the greater Carcassonne area within walking distance to amenities, set ...

REF: 224590
  • Floor Size: 160 square metres
  • Plot Size: 5,274 square metres (0.53 hectares / 1.30 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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7 bedroom French chateau for sale, Chatellerault, Vienne, Poitou-Charentes

7 bedroom French chateau for sale, Chatellerault, Vienne, Poitou-Charentes
757,264 EUR

7 bedroom French chateau for sale, Chatellerault, Vienne, Poitou-Charentes

A unique opportunity to acquire a marvellous 7 bedroom 14th and 15th century listed historic Castle and a separate chapel set in over 10 acres of beautiful land, enjoying scenic countryside views in L...

REF: 224553
  • Floor Size: 610 square metres
  • Plot Size: 42,825 square metres (4.28 hectares / 10.58 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 7
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5 bedroom manor house for sale, Le Bugue, Dordogne, Aquitaine

5 bedroom manor house for sale, Le Bugue, Dordogne, Aquitaine
650,000 EUR

5 bedroom manor house for sale, Le Bugue, Dordogne, Aquitaine

Grand, spacious and picturesque stone built home, with a total spacious living area of 233m2, set within a quiet setting with a lovely 4 acre garden with a mill stream and lovely countryside views, wi...

REF: 224547
  • Floor Size: 233 square metres
  • Plot Size: 11,831 square metres (1.18 hectares / 2.92 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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5 bedroom house for sale, Cheraute, Mauleon Licharre, Pyrenees-Atlantique, Aquitaine

5 bedroom house for sale, Cheraute, Mauleon Licharre, Pyrenees-Atlantique, Aquitaine
211,000 EUR

5 bedroom house for sale, Cheraute, Mauleon Licharre, Pyrenees-Atlantique, Aquitaine

A tastefully renovated 5 bedroom house within walking distance of the heart of a market town with all amenities, yet bordering a stream at the bottom of the garden. Built in the 19th Century,...

REF: 224504
  • Floor Size: 195 square metres
  • Plot Size: 2,000 square metres (0.20 hectares / 0.49 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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2 bedroom apartment for sale, La Turbie, Eze Cap d'Ail, French Riviera

2 bedroom apartment for sale, La Turbie, Eze Cap d
450,000 EUR

2 bedroom apartment for sale, La Turbie, Eze Cap d'Ail, French Riviera

Modern and spacious 2 bedroom apartment, situated within a new development which consists of several 2 to 4 storey buildings, each of which comprises of between 9 and 13 apartments and the residence a...

REF: 224503
  • Floor Size: 63 square metres
  • Bedrooms: 2
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4 bedroom house for sale, Beauville, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine

4 bedroom house for sale, Beauville, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine
599,000 EUR

4 bedroom house for sale, Beauville, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine

Full of character and charm and beautifully totally restored to a very high standard, this superb stone built house plus 2 gites, is ideally situated within a quiet setting in Beauville and surrounded...

REF: 224473
  • Floor Size: 295 square metres
  • Plot Size: 76,365 square metres (7.64 hectares / 18.87 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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4 bedroom house for sale, Nernier, Haute-Savoie, Rhone-Alpes

4 bedroom house for sale, Nernier, Haute-Savoie, Rhone-Alpes
2,700,000 EUR

4 bedroom house for sale, Nernier, Haute-Savoie, Rhone-Alpes

Unique opportunity to acquire a magical and historical renovated 4 storey, 4 bedroom lakeside house with garden, enjoying spectacular views across the lake from its idyllic location in Nernier.

REF: 224435
  • Floor Size: 200 square metres
  • Plot Size: 797 square metres (0.08 hectares / 0.20 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Saint Emilion, Gironde, Aquitaine

6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Saint Emilion, Gironde, Aquitaine
2,190,000 EUR

6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Saint Emilion, Gironde, Aquitaine

Exceptionally outstanding fully renovated 17th Century French Chateau with pool and 4 independent apartments, set in over 14 acres of glorious land, on the banks of the Dordogne river near all ameniti...

REF: 224419
  • Floor Size: 920 square metres
  • Plot Size: 58,057 square metres (5.81 hectares / 14.35 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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