French Properties with Lakes and Ponds
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Renovated 6 bedroom House for sale with countryside view in Chasseneuil sur Bonnieure, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 248446
A beautifully renovated and delightful mill offering a unique blend of country character and modern comfort nestled by the gentle flow of the Bonnieure river. This spacious 6 bedroom property has...
550,000 EUR
Income Potential 4 bedroom House for sale with countryside view in Cordes sur Ciel, Occitanie
Ref 248384
Recommended
A wonderful opportunity to acquire a beautifully renovated 4 bedroom property nestling in over 6 hectares of glorious land with lake, gardens, pool and outbuildings, while enjoying far reaching cou...
850,000 EUR
Income Producing 17 bedroom House for sale with countryside view in Carcassonne, Occitanie
Ref 248367
Unique opportunity to acquire a beautiful and tastefully renovated 4 storey, Italianate style Chateau with large gite near Carcassone, set in almost 25 acres of glorious land with mature gardens, e...
2,128,000 EUR
Renovated 5 bedroom Farmhouse for sale with countryside view in Epannes, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 248350
Situated in the heart of the Marais Poitevin countryside in a private, quiet and bucolic location, this beautiful semi-detached house has been renovated with taste. The property has excellent gree...
402,800 EUR
Character 7 bedroom Chateau for sale with countryside view in Parthenay, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 248267
Beautiful 7 bedroom Chateau, which is ideally situated in a quiet setting between Parthenay (15 minutes) and Poitiers (35 minutes) and close to a village with shops. With its origins dating from ...
1,278,000 EUR
Character 9 bedroom Chateau for sale with lake or river view in Thouars, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 248151
Impressive 9 bedroom manor house, situated in a quiet setting by the river Thouet. In need of renovating, yet currently habitable, this fantastic project is situated just 30 minutes from beautifu...
448,000 EUR
Quiet 4 bedroom Farmhouse for sale with countryside view and lake or river view in Echourgnac, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 248113
Situated in a quiet countryside setting close to Echourgnac, this superb property, which is excellent for nature lovers looking for a comfortable and fully renovated family home, also has an adjoin...
525,000 EUR
Character 5 bedroom House for sale with lake or river view and countryside view in Roussac, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 248112
Stunning estate, with its origins dating back to the 12th Century, beautifully nestled within 32 acres of grounds, including wooded areas and a picturesque 1.7 acre lake. This superb property boa...
699,600 EUR
Character 24 bedroom Chateau for sale with panoramic view and countryside view in Cherves Chatelars, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 248094
Recommended
Grand and beautifully maintained, this historic, extraordinary and authentic estate features a main Chateau, Chateau for entertaining, along with several outbuildings and additional accommodation. ...
2,950,000 EUR
5 bedroom House for sale with Income Potential in Crevant, Centre Val de Loire
Ref 247932
Versatile character property in a bucolic setting with over 21 acres, with swimming pool and a variety of income opportunities. Nestled just a stone's throw from the Park des Parelles known for i...
790,000 EUR
Renovated 7 bedroom Chateau for sale with countryside view in Parthenay, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 247863
A beautifully renovated medieval chateau in the West Deux Sevres region, full of charm and character, set in about 23 acres of private parkland, close to a village with shops and a bakery. Built...
1,278,000 EUR
Character 5 bedroom Farmhouse for sale with countryside view in Duras, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 247807
A long tree lined driveway leads to this pretty, well- proportioned property, in a tranquil rural setting yet within easy reach of popular bastide towns of the Dordogne. With a state of the art h...
440,000 EUR
Grand 14 bedroom Chateau for sale with countryside view in Le Blanc, Centre Val de Loire
Ref 247806
Superb and beautifully renovated French chateau, close to Le Blanc, set in the beautiful Parc naturel regional de la Brenne. This beautiful property, tastefully renovated in 2007, consists of a m...
1,395,000 EUR
Income Producing 8 bedroom Chateau for sale with lake or river view in St Aulaye Pumangou, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 247805
Tastefully renovated 8 bedroom manor house with a separate cottage, set in 6.5 acres of land in a riverside setting and currently run as an exclusive boutique-style holiday location with conferenc...
1,244,900 EUR
Character 4 bedroom House for sale with countryside view in Beaumontois en Perigord, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 247748
Beautifully presented and full of character and charm, this marvellous 4 bedroom converted water mill offers so much in terms of peacefulness and privacy. Enjoying river side views, set away from ...
680,000 EUR
Renovated 8 bedroom Chateau for sale with countryside view in Villeneuve, Midi-Pyrenees
Ref 247534
Recommended
An impressive, Bourgeois-style property, with its stream, parkland, swimming pool and renovated stone buildings, surrounded by fields and meadows and on the edge of a delighful Aveyronnais village....
1,950,000 EUR
20 bedroom Chateau for sale with countryside view with Income Potential in Loches, Centre
Ref 247446
Wonderful opportunity to acquire a beautiful historical French Chateau with outbuildings and extra accommodation, nestling in 73.5 acres of glorious land with beautiful gardens, swimming pool and l...
1,690,000 EUR
Character 5 bedroom House for sale with lake or river view and countryside view in Villetoureix, Aquitaine
Ref 247335
Recommended
Beautifully presented throughout, this exceptional 5 bedroom riverside home is ideally situated close to Villetoureix, which is a thriving town with all amenities. With a spacious living area of ...
450,000 EUR
Exclusive 1 bedroom Apartment for sale with lake or river view in Ile Saint Louis, Hotel de Ville, Paris-Ile-de-France
Ref 247253
Rare opportunity to acquire a stylishly renovated one bedroom apartment set in a beautiful historical building, enjoying panoramic views of the River Seine from its prestigious location in Ile Sain...
980,000 EUR
3 bedroom House for sale with panoramic view with Rental Income in Sainte Foy la Grande, Aquitaine
Ref 247199
This architect-designed and recently renovated barn set in almost 5 acres, providing a unique opportunity to live in a character home with excellent energy efficiency as well as a potential income....
590,000 EUR
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Buying a Property in France

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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