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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4 bedroom house for sale, Nontron, Dordogne, Dordogne Perigord Vert

4 bedroom house for sale, Nontron, Dordogne, Dordogne Perigord Vert
595,000 EUR

4 bedroom house for sale, Nontron, Dordogne, Dordogne Perigord Vert

Unique opportunity to acquire a beautiful 4 bedroom fully furnished house nestling in nearly 1.5 acres of glorious land with rose garden, fruit trees and a lake, enjoying wonderful countryside views f...

REF: 236210
  • Floor Size: 227 square metres
  • Plot Size: 5,797 square metres (0.58 hectares / 1.43 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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6 bedroom manor house for sale, Barges, Haute-Saone, Franche-Comte

6 bedroom manor house for sale, Barges, Haute-Saone, Franche-Comte
454,000 EUR

6 bedroom manor house for sale, Barges, Haute-Saone, Franche-Comte

Beautifully renovated 6 bedroom Manor House with outbuildings, nestling in nearly 14 acres of glorious land while enjoying countryside views from its peaceful location near all amenities in Barges.

REF: 236209
  • Floor Size: 534 square metres
  • Plot Size: 56,511 square metres (5.65 hectares / 13.96 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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4 bedroom villa for sale, Roquebrune Cap Martin, French Riviera

4 bedroom villa for sale, Roquebrune Cap Martin, French Riviera
2,100,000 EUR

4 bedroom villa for sale, Roquebrune Cap Martin, French Riviera

Fabulous 3 storey, 4 bedroom villa with separate studio, garden and garage, enjoying sea views from its peaceful and sought after location near the beach and all amenities in Roquebrune Cap Martin.

REF: 236207
  • Floor Size: 230 square metres
  • Bedrooms: 4
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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
3,450,000 EUR

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

Exceptional 5 bedroom luxury villa with separate apartment, nestling in nearly 5 acres of glorious landscaped gardens with expansive pool, pond and tennis court, while enjoying panoramic sea and mount...

REF: 236203
  • Floor Size: 370 square metres
  • Plot Size: 20,032 square metres (2.00 hectares / 4.95 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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8 bedroom villa for sale, Cap d'Antibes, Antibes Juan les Pins, French Riviera

8 bedroom villa for sale, Cap d
6,940,000 EUR

8 bedroom villa for sale, Cap d'Antibes, Antibes Juan les Pins, French Riviera

Exceptional 3 bedroom luxurious villa with separate studio, 2 bedroom guest house and 2 bedroom cottage, set in beautiful landscaped gardens with amazing infinity pool and tennis court while enjoying ...

REF: 236193
  • Floor Size: 427 square metres
  • Bedrooms: 8
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10 bedroom French chateau for sale, Charmant, Charente, Poitou-Charentes

10 bedroom French chateau for sale, Charmant, Charente, Poitou-Charentes
1,278,000 EUR

10 bedroom French chateau for sale, Charmant, Charente, Poitou-Charentes

Surrounded by over 3 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens, is this wonderful 8 bedroom French Chateau with separate 2 bedroom guest house and pool, enjoying far reaching countryside views from its pe...

REF: 236189
  • Floor Size: 680 square metres
  • Plot Size: 12,800 square metres (1.28 hectares / 3.16 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 10
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6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Chadurie, Charente, Poitou-Charentes

6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Chadurie, Charente, Poitou-Charentes
1,990,000 EUR

6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Chadurie, Charente, Poitou-Charentes

Sumptuous and beautifully renovated 6 bedroom, 15th century French Renaissance property with separate guest house, pool, stables and outbuildings, surrounded by nearly 16 acres of glorious land while ...

REF: 236188
  • Floor Size: 500 square metres
  • Plot Size: 63,302 square metres (6.33 hectares / 15.64 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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7 bedroom French chateau for sale, Luxe, Charente, Poitou-Charentes

7 bedroom French chateau for sale, Luxe, Charente, Poitou-Charentes
583,000 EUR

7 bedroom French chateau for sale, Luxe, Charente, Poitou-Charentes

Superb 3 storey, 7 bedroom 19th century Manor House with outbuildings, nestling in over 7 acres of glorious landscaped gardens and trees, enjoying wonderful countryside views from its ideal location n...

REF: 236187
  • Floor Size: 270 square metres
  • Plot Size: 28,827 square metres (2.88 hectares / 7.12 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 7
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5 bedroom villa for sale, Moustiers Sainte Marie, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Cote d'Azur French Riviera

5 bedroom villa for sale, Moustiers Sainte Marie, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Cote d
1,250,000 EUR

5 bedroom villa for sale, Moustiers Sainte Marie, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Cote d'Azur French Riviera

Full of charm and character is this beautiful 5 bedroom South facing stone Bastide, nestling in nearly 1.5 acres of glorious landscaped gardens and olive trees, while enjoying breathtaking views from ...

REF: 236186
  • Floor Size: 160 square metres
  • Plot Size: 5,690 square metres (0.57 hectares / 1.41 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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5 bedroom house for sale, Vinca, Pyrenees-Orientales, Languedoc-Roussillon

5 bedroom house for sale, Vinca, Pyrenees-Orientales, Languedoc-Roussillon
520,000 EUR

5 bedroom house for sale, Vinca, Pyrenees-Orientales, Languedoc-Roussillon

Full of charm and elegance is this beautiful 19th century, 4 storey, 5 bedroom Maison de Maitre nestling in mature gardens with pool and outbuilding, ideally located near all amenities between the...

REF: 236174
  • Floor Size: 220 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,537 square metres (0.15 hectares / 0.38 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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