French Properties with Lakes and Ponds
French Properties with Lakes and Ponds

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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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5 bedroom villa for sale, Chateauneuf, Grasse, French Riviera

5 bedroom villa for sale, Chateauneuf, Grasse, French Riviera
2,900,000 EUR

5 bedroom villa for sale, Chateauneuf, Grasse, French Riviera

Beautifully presented Provencal-style villa with 5 bedrooms located in a quiet area of Grasse, within Cannes back country, set within a large plot of 3.7 acres with a swimming pool and panoramic coun...

REF: 222479
  • Floor Size: 370 square metres
  • Plot Size: 15,000 square metres (1.50 hectares / 3.71 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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2 bedroom apartment for sale, Annecy Le Vieux, Annecy, Haute-Savoie, Lake Annecy

2 bedroom apartment for sale, Annecy Le Vieux, Annecy, Haute-Savoie, Lake Annecy
640,000 EUR

2 bedroom apartment for sale, Annecy Le Vieux, Annecy, Haute-Savoie, Lake Annecy

A beautifully presented 2 bedroom apartment in Annecy le Vieux, within easy reach of amenities and the lake. Located in the district of Albigny, this pretty apartment comes with attractively p...

REF: 222405
  • Bedrooms: 2
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10 bedroom French chateau for sale, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, Loire Valley

10 bedroom French chateau for sale, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, Loire Valley
3,780,000 EUR

10 bedroom French chateau for sale, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, Loire Valley

A impressive French chateau dating from the mid Nineteenth Century, tastefully renovated and set in an estate of over 100 acres of extensive parkland in a quiet situation. This commanding prope...

REF: 222103
  • Plot Size: 440,000 square metres (44.00 hectares / 108.73 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 10
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10 bedroom French chateau for sale, Coutras, Gironde, Aquitaine

10 bedroom French chateau for sale, Coutras, Gironde, Aquitaine
3,150,000 EUR

10 bedroom French chateau for sale, Coutras, Gironde, Aquitaine

Inviting lifestyle and investment opportunity with this Nineteenth Century renovated Chateau in AOC Bordeaux Superieur, with vineyards, lake and additional buildings, set in an estate of 60 acres. <...

REF: 222118
  • Floor Size: 310 square metres
  • Plot Size: 240,000 square metres (24.00 hectares / 59.31 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 10
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A Beautiful 19th Century Château in Normandy for Sale with Gites

A Beautiful 19th
Century Château in
Normandy for Sale with Gites
995,000 EUR
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A Beautiful 19th Century Château in Normandy for Sale with Gites

19th century chateau for sale with 3 apartments and cottage, located in Normandy. Beautiful 8 bedroom chateau filled with original French features sitting in 1 hectare of park with a pond and a...

REF: 222053
  • Plot Size: 40,000 square metres (4.00 hectares / 9.88 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 8
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6 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Bressuire, Deux-Sevres, Poitou-Charentes

6 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Bressuire, Deux-Sevres, Poitou-Charentes
384,800 EUR

6 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Bressuire, Deux-Sevres, Poitou-Charentes

Spacious character property which has been carefully renovated, set in almost 10 acres of land in a peaceful and private situation. The spacious 6 bedroom farmhouse offers versatile accommodat...

REF: 221928
  • Floor Size: 250 square metres
  • Plot Size: 39,370 square metres (3.94 hectares / 9.73 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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4 bedroom house for sale, Branne, Gironde, Gascony

4 bedroom house for sale, Branne, Gironde, Gascony
469,900 EUR

4 bedroom house for sale, Branne, Gironde, Gascony

A simply stunning formal house with four bedrooms, set within enclosed gardens on the edge of a pretty hamlet surrounded by vines. The beautifully renovated stone property is extremely well ma...

REF: 221869
  • Floor Size: 170 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,200 square metres (0.12 hectares / 0.30 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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7 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Vergt, Dordogne, Aquitaine

7 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Vergt, Dordogne, Aquitaine
699,600 EUR

7 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Vergt, Dordogne, Aquitaine

A most attractive stone farmhouse with additional accommodation and income generation in a lovely setting of almost 5 acres. The substantial property consists of a 3 bedroom main house (app...

REF: 221108
  • Floor Size: 488 square metres
  • Plot Size: 19,788 square metres (1.98 hectares / 4.89 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 7
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6 bedroom house for sale, Grasse, Cote d'Azur French Riviera

6 bedroom house for sale, Grasse, Cote d
1,398,000 EUR

6 bedroom house for sale, Grasse, Cote d'Azur French Riviera

Impressive and spacious Nineteenth Century property in the area of Saint Francois, Grasse, with over 2 acres in a green and natural setting . The spacious 370m2 property has been fully restore...

REF: 221048
  • Floor Size: 370 square metres
  • Plot Size: 9,118 square metres (0.91 hectares / 2.25 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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16 bedroom house for sale, Montignac, Dordogne, Aquitaine

16 bedroom house for sale, Montignac, Dordogne, Aquitaine
679,000 EUR

16 bedroom house for sale, Montignac, Dordogne, Aquitaine

Spacious and immaculately presented home and 3 gites, with a total of 16 bedrooms, ideally situated within a private and quiet setting in Montignac right in the heart of the Vezere valley and just 5 m...

REF: 220502
  • Floor Size: 418 square metres
  • Plot Size: 62,000 square metres (6.20 hectares / 15.32 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 16
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