French Properties with Rental Income Potential
French Properties with Rental Income Potential

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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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6 bedroom manor house for sale, Cognac, Charente, Poitou-Charentes

6 bedroom manor house for sale, Cognac, Charente, Poitou-Charentes
735,000 EUR

6 bedroom manor house for sale, Cognac, Charente, Poitou-Charentes

Full of character and charm, this superb 19th Century manor house has a total spacious living area of 440m2 and is set within a beautiful garden of 828m2, ideally located in a quiet setting, right in ...

REF: 216944
  • Floor Size: 440 square metres
  • Plot Size: 828 square metres (0.08 hectares / 0.20 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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8 bedroom villa for sale, Saint Pierre De Feric, Nice, French Riviera

8 bedroom villa for sale, Saint Pierre De Feric, Nice, French Riviera
3,200,000 EUR

8 bedroom villa for sale, Saint Pierre De Feric, Nice, French Riviera

Spacious and beautifully presented 6 bedroom villa and guest villa, with a total living area of 450m2, set within a large mature garden of 3,600m2 with a swimming pool and lovely far reaching countrys...

REF: 216930
  • Floor Size: 450 square metres
  • Plot Size: 3,600 square metres (0.36 hectares / 0.89 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 8
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8 bedroom villa for sale, Ramatuelle, St Tropez, French Riviera

8 bedroom villa for sale, Ramatuelle, St Tropez, French Riviera
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8 bedroom villa for sale, Ramatuelle, St Tropez, French Riviera

Two magnificent villas with a vast total living area of 780m2, ideally located right in the heart of a 11,190m2 landscaped park, situated in the highly sought-after area of Tahiti, in Ramatuelle, just...

REF: 216921
  • Floor Size: 780 square metres
  • Plot Size: 11,190 square metres (1.12 hectares / 2.77 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 8
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13 bedroom manor house for sale, Murs, Vaucluse, Luberon

13 bedroom manor house for sale, Murs, Vaucluse, Luberon
2,400,000 EUR

13 bedroom manor house for sale, Murs, Vaucluse, Luberon

Spacious and beautifully presented stone built 18th Century former hunting lodge, ideally located in a pristine environment within a dominant position and surrounded by a prairie and woodland, with a ...

REF: 216912
  • Floor Size: 800 square metres
  • Plot Size: 100,000 square metres (10.00 hectares / 24.71 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 13
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11 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Marciac, Gers, Gascony

11 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Marciac, Gers, Gascony
1,007,000 EUR

11 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Marciac, Gers, Gascony

Full of character and charm, this spacious and unique 4 bedroom farmhouse has been beautifully and totally renovated to an exceptional high standard. Situated on the side of a hill and with lo...

REF: 216908
  • Floor Size: 351 square metres
  • Plot Size: 20,000 square metres (2.00 hectares / 4.94 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 11
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11 bedroom French chateau for sale, Poitiers, Vienne, Poitou-Charentes

11 bedroom French chateau for sale, Poitiers, Vienne, Poitou-Charentes
1,750,000 EUR

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

Magnificent and historic 15th and 17th Century chateau style property, with a vast total living area of 620m2, ideally situated in a quiet setting just 15km from Poitiers, set within a large plot of 2...

REF: 216907
  • Floor Size: 620 square metres
  • Plot Size: 200,000 square metres (20.00 hectares / 49.42 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 11
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7 bedroom house for sale, Saint Jeannet, Alpes-Maritimes, French Riviera

7 bedroom house for sale, Saint Jeannet, Alpes-Maritimes, French Riviera
785,000 EUR

7 bedroom house for sale, Saint Jeannet, Alpes-Maritimes, French Riviera

Split into 3 apartments and with excellent potential for generating an income, this charming stone built Bastide has a total living area of 270m2 and is set within a large plot of 1,800m2 with a swimm...

REF: 216904
  • Floor Size: 270 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,800 square metres (0.18 hectares / 0.44 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 7
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5 bedroom villa for sale, Seillans, Var, Cote d'Azur French Riviera

5 bedroom villa for sale, Seillans, Var, Cote d
900,000 EUR

5 bedroom villa for sale, Seillans, Var, Cote d'Azur French Riviera

Charming 5 bedroom villa located in a quiet setting within a mature plot of 5,000m2 with a swimming pool and pond, ideally located just 10 minutes from the lovely village of Seillans, situated amongst...

REF: 216902
  • Floor Size: 240 square metres
  • Plot Size: 5,000 square metres (0.50 hectares / 1.24 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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5 bedroom villa for sale, La Garde Freinet, Var, Cote d'Azur French Riviera

5 bedroom villa for sale, La Garde Freinet, Var, Cote d
895,000 EUR

5 bedroom villa for sale, La Garde Freinet, Var, Cote d'Azur French Riviera

With stunning panoramic countryside views and in a green and quiet setting within a large not overlooked plot of 2,500m2, this charming Provencal style villa is ideally located just 5 minutes from La ...

REF: 216898
  • Floor Size: 240 square metres
  • Plot Size: 2,500 square metres (0.25 hectares / 0.62 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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4 bedroom villa for sale, Sainte Maxime, French Riviera

4 bedroom villa for sale, Sainte Maxime, French Riviera
2,000,000 EUR

4 bedroom villa for sale, Sainte Maxime, French Riviera

Totally refurbished 4 bedroom waterfront villa, with a total living area of 165m2, set within a flat plot of 1,000m2 with an infinity swimming pool and stunning panoramic sea views facing Saint Tropez...

REF: 216895
  • Floor Size: 165 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,000 square metres (0.10 hectares / 0.25 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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