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7 bedroom House for sale with countryside and panoramic views in Seillans, Cote d'Azur French Riviera
Ref 230463
Charming 7 bedroom stone built house, with a total spacious living area of 305m2, ideally situated within a quiet setting on the hills of Seillans and with stunning countryside views. With its ori...
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Spacious 3 bedroom Mill for sale in Civray, Poitou-Charentes
Ref 225533
Spacious former water mill, with a river running alongside and with lovely views, ideally situated in a quiet setting on the edge of the historic town of Civray. The current accommodation is on 3...
489,000 EUR
Historical 7 bedroom Castle for sale with countryside view in Chatellerault, Poitou-Charentes
Ref 224553
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 i...
757,264 EUR
10 bedroom Farmhouse for sale with countryside and panoramic views in Roquecor, Midi-Pyrenees
Ref 219670
Excellent opportunity for income generation with this very impressive group of stone houses centred around a large courtyard, set in over 7 acres of land . The main house has 360 m2 living space ...
1,157,896 EUR
Historical 10 bedroom Chateau for sale in Nord, Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Ref 211336
Large French Chateau located close to the Belgian border, with excellent European connections. This monumental chateau dating back to the 18th & 19th Centuries is registered as a Historic Monument...
5,500,000 EUR
11 bedroom Chateau for sale with countryside view in Montastruc la Conseillere, Midi-Pyrenees
Ref 207083
This superb estate, complete with stunning chateau and outbuildings, is located close to Montastruc la Conseillere in a strategic location only 15 minutes from the airport, and from the important c...
2,300,000 EUR
10 bedroom Villa for sale with panoramic view in Le Plan de la Tour, Cote d'Azur French Riviera
Ref 202965
Superb and beautifully presented bastide, with a spacious total living area of 680m2, set within 7 hectares of beautifully landscaped gardens with a swimming pool, located in between Sainte-Maxime ...
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7 bedroom Manor House for sale in Normandy, Normandy
Ref 196482
PRICE REDUCED - Stunning and completely restored, this substantial mansion, which dates from 1838, is located in the north of Burgundy, within a beautiful landscaped garden of 7,845m2 which is com...
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20 bedroom Chateau for sale with countryside view in La Vieille Lyre, Normandy
Ref 183982
18th Century chateau located in Burgundy, at the edge of a village in a charming valley. This 18th & 19th Century French Chateau has a living area of around 1,700m2, set out over (4 levels) which...
1,500,000 EUR
13 bedroom Chateau for sale with countryside view in Normandy, Normandy
Ref 179629
Spectacular castle located west of Paris, in Normandy, only 100km from Paris by motorway A13. This outstanding property comprises a medieval-styled chateau with around 1,225m2 of living space over...
15,000,000 EUR
18 bedroom Hotel for sale with countryside view in Cote d'Or, Burgundy
Ref 170436
Exceptional abbey palace in Burgundy which has been converted into a hotel facility of 18 bedrooms and suites , fully furnished. Reception and conference rooms, gourmet restaurant with Michelin s...
15,000,000 EUR
17 bedroom Castle for sale with countryside view in Aubigny sur Nere, Centre
Ref 153913
Located 170km South of Paris, not far from Burgundy, in Aubigny sur Nere and close to Bourges, this exceptional historic castle erected in the 15thc (on older bases) and completed with wings in the...
4,950,000 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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