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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5 bedroom house for sale, Monflanquin, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine

5 bedroom house for sale, Monflanquin, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine
1,312,500 EUR

5 bedroom house for sale, Monflanquin, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine

Unique opportunity to acquire a charming 5 bedroom stone farmhouse full of rustic charm, set in more than 58 hectares of land with a lake, located in a village near to all amenities. The proper...

REF: 220303
  • Floor Size: 205 square metres
  • Plot Size: 581,217 square metres (58.12 hectares / 143.62 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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7 bedroom house for sale, Montpon Menesterol, Dordogne, Aquitaine

7 bedroom house for sale, Montpon Menesterol, Dordogne, Aquitaine
549,995 EUR

7 bedroom house for sale, Montpon Menesterol, Dordogne, Aquitaine

Excellent opportunity to acquire a successful and fully operational gite/fishing business set in over 70 acres of mixed land, within easy reach of the UNESCO World Heritage towns of St Emilion and Bo...

REF: 219949
  • Floor Size: 236 square metres
  • Plot Size: 287,095 square metres (28.71 hectares / 70.94 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 7
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6 bedroom house for sale, Messery, Haute-Savoie, Rhone-Alpes

6 bedroom house for sale, Messery, Haute-Savoie, Rhone-Alpes
6,950,000 EUR

6 bedroom house for sale, Messery, Haute-Savoie, Rhone-Alpes

Grand, spacious and immaculately presented 6 bedroom home, with a vast total living area of 650m2, ideally situated within a quiet setting on a large plot of 10,100m2 with stunning lake views. ...

REF: 219747
  • Floor Size: 650 square metres
  • Plot Size: 10,100 square metres (1.01 hectares / 2.50 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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8 bedroom mill for sale, Hautefage la Tour, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine

8 bedroom mill for sale, Hautefage la Tour, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine
477,000 EUR

8 bedroom mill for sale, Hautefage la Tour, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine

Charming 8 bedroom stone built former mill, with a spacious and beautifully presented total living area of 350m2, which dates from 1750, ideally situated within a lush setting on a large plot of 14,49...

REF: 219731
  • Floor Size: 350 square metres
  • Plot Size: 14,498 square metres (1.45 hectares / 3.58 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 8
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10 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Roquecor, Tarn-et-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees

10 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Roquecor, Tarn-et-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees
1,102,500 EUR

10 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Roquecor, Tarn-et-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees

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 spa...

REF: 219670
  • Floor Size: 0 square metres
  • Plot Size: 30,000 square metres (3.00 hectares / 7.41 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 10
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9 bedroom French chateau for sale, Occitanie, Tarn, Tarn, Midi-Pyrenees

9 bedroom French chateau for sale, Occitanie, Tarn, Tarn, Midi-Pyrenees
2,450,000 EUR
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9 bedroom French chateau for sale, Occitanie, Tarn, Tarn, Midi-Pyrenees

PRICE REDUCED - Immaculately presented and luxurious French Chateau, located in the Tarn, with its origins dating from 1840 and originally built as a hunting pavilion, ideally nestled in the midst of...

REF: 219634
  • Floor Size: 660 square metres
  • Plot Size: 320,000 square metres (32.00 hectares / 79.08 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 9
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4 bedroom house for sale, Sos, Lot-et-Garonne, Gascony

4 bedroom house for sale, Sos, Lot-et-Garonne, Gascony
763,200 EUR

4 bedroom house for sale, Sos, Lot-et-Garonne, Gascony

Amazing historical property dating back to the Tenth Century which has been lovingly restored, set in 15 acres of beautiful gardens with pond, lake and woodland, on the outskirts of a small village w...

REF: 219561
  • Floor Size: 320 square metres
  • Plot Size: 60,000 square metres (6.00 hectares / 14.83 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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10 bedroom French chateau for sale, Aspet, Haute-Garonne, Gascony

10 bedroom French chateau for sale, Aspet, Haute-Garonne, Gascony
1,950,000 EUR

10 bedroom French chateau for sale, Aspet, Haute-Garonne, Gascony

Superb 18th Century French chateau, ideally situated in a quiet countryside setting. The property is located between Saint Gaudens and Aspet. The TGV Toulouse is 1 hour 15 minutes away and Toulouse ...

REF: 219477
  • Floor Size: 700 square metres
  • Plot Size: 40,000 square metres (4.00 hectares / 9.88 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 10
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6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Poitiers, Vienne, Poitou-Charentes

6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Poitiers, Vienne, Poitou-Charentes
572,400 EUR

6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Poitiers, Vienne, Poitou-Charentes

Grand, spacious and romantic French Chateau with a total of 6 bedrooms, set within over 3 acres of land, located near a lake, river and many walks and all shops and amenities are just a short drive a...

REF: 219398
  • Floor Size: 340 square metres
  • Plot Size: 12,575 square metres (1.26 hectares / 3.11 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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104 bedroom French chateau for sale, Agen, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine

104 bedroom French chateau for sale, Agen, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine
3,286,000 EUR

104 bedroom French chateau for sale, Agen, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine

Grand and spacious 14 bedroom 18th Century Chateau, with a vast total living area of 630m2, plus 40 equipped and air conditioned mobile chalets, set within 55 hectares of land with an 18 hole golf cou...

REF: 219349
  • Floor Size: 630 square metres
  • Bedrooms: 104
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