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, Castelnaudary, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon

4 bedroom house for sale, Castelnaudary, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon
585,000 EUR

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

Full of rustic charm and character is this beautifully renovated 4 bedroom stone house with expansive pool, set in over 6 acres of glorious land with a lake, enjoying far reaching countryside views fr...

REF: 226413
  • Floor Size: 258 square metres
  • Plot Size: 25,224 square metres (2.52 hectares / 6.23 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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10 bedroom French chateau for sale, Confolens, Charente, Poitou-Charentes

10 bedroom French chateau for sale, Confolens, Charente, Poitou-Charentes
869,200 EUR

10 bedroom French chateau for sale, Confolens, Charente, Poitou-Charentes

Rare opportunity to acquire a unique restored historic Logis and two guest houses, surrounded by 19 hectares of land including plantation and ancient woodland, organic meadows, river frontage and impo...

REF: 226412
  • Floor Size: 605 square metres
  • Plot Size: 190,463 square metres (19.05 hectares / 47.07 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 10
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6 bedroom mill for sale, Langon, Gironde, Aquitaine

6 bedroom mill for sale, Langon, Gironde, Aquitaine
715,000 EUR

6 bedroom mill for sale, Langon, Gironde, Aquitaine

Full of character and charm, this historic stone built water-mill, with its origins dating from the 16th Century, is ideally set within a quiet setting in Langon. With water rights and set in a...

REF: 226401
  • Floor Size: 290 square metres
  • Plot Size: 37,490 square metres (3.75 hectares / 9.26 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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5 bedroom house for sale, Monestier, Dordogne, Aquitaine

5 bedroom house for sale, Monestier, Dordogne, Aquitaine
577,700 EUR

5 bedroom house for sale, Monestier, Dordogne, Aquitaine

Spacious 5 bedroom home with a total living area of 270m2, set within a large 100,000m2 plot and situated in a peaceful and serene area between 2 water sources, with a private lake and swimming pool. ...

REF: 226387
  • Floor Size: 270 square metres
  • Plot Size: 100,000 square metres (10.00 hectares / 24.71 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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5 bedroom mill for sale, Lauzerte, Tarn-et-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees

5 bedroom mill for sale, Lauzerte, Tarn-et-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees
405,000 EUR

5 bedroom mill for sale, Lauzerte, Tarn-et-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees

Full of character and charm, this lovely stone built house is situated in a quiet setting within a large plot of 11,000m2 with a private lake and a swimming pool. Located close to Lauzerte, thi...

REF: 226385
  • Floor Size: 225 square metres
  • Plot Size: 11,000 square metres (1.10 hectares / 2.72 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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6 bedroom villa for sale, Royan, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes

6 bedroom villa for sale, Royan, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes
2,348,000 EUR

6 bedroom villa for sale, Royan, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes

Lovely 6 bedroom villa located in Royan, ideally set in a quiet and private setting hidden in the middle of a lush garden of 2,999m2, set back from the hustle and bustle and in a wonderful location wi...

REF: 226295
  • Floor Size: 400 square metres
  • Plot Size: 2,999 square metres (0.30 hectares / 0.74 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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14 bedroom hotel for sale, Sainte Croix, Lot, Midi-Pyrenees

14 bedroom hotel for sale, Sainte Croix, Lot, Midi-Pyrenees
604,200 EUR

14 bedroom hotel for sale, Sainte Croix, Lot, Midi-Pyrenees

An intriguing former hotel, full of potential, built of traditional stone and still featuring many character features, with 10 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms as well as a further 4 bedrooms to be develo...

REF: 226147
  • Floor Size: 740 square metres
  • Plot Size: 10,000 square metres (1.00 hectares / 2.47 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 14
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Wonderful gite or boutique style chambre d hotes business.

 Wonderful gite or boutique style chambre d hotes business.
583,000 EUR
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Wonderful gite or boutique style chambre d hotes business.

Peace and solitude, nestled into a forest - great as a spacious and private home but excellent as a wonderful gite or boutique style chambre d'hotes business. A well maintained stone manor house wit...

REF: 160866
  • Plot Size: 30,000 square metres (3.00 hectares / 7.41 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 14
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Immaculate French Equestrian Centre

Immaculate French Equestrian Centre
1,272,000 EUR

Immaculate French Equestrian Centre

A truly superb and immaculately presented 23 hectares Equestrian centre, with skillfully renovated 4 bedroom owners property set within a hectare of landscaped gardens with pool. Reversible heating/A...

REF: 141244
  • Plot Size: 230,000 square metres (23.00 hectares / 56.84 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 7
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10 bedroom manor house for sale, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, Loire Valley

10 bedroom manor house for sale, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, Loire Valley
1,580,000 EUR

10 bedroom manor house for sale, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, Loire Valley

Beautifully restored 17th Century manor house with a guest lodge, swimming pool, stables, pond, woodland, park and formal gardens, set within a 9.6 hectare estate in a quiet setting, yet just a short ...

REF: 226262
  • Plot Size: 96,000 square metres (9.60 hectares / 23.72 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 10
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