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

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French Properties with Rental Income Potential

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, Montcuq, Lot, Midi-Pyrenees

5 bedroom house for sale, Montcuq, Lot, Midi-Pyrenees
896,500 EUR

5 bedroom house for sale, Montcuq, Lot, Midi-Pyrenees

Unique opportunity to acquire a collection of charming stone buildings with expansive pool, nestling in over 2 acres of glorious land while enjoying far reaching countryside views from its peaceful lo...

REF: 228304
  • Plot Size: 9,332 square metres (0.93 hectares / 2.31 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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6 bedroom villa for sale, Roquefort les Pins, Alpes-Maritimes, French Riviera

6 bedroom villa for sale, Roquefort les Pins, Alpes-Maritimes, French Riviera
1,490,000 EUR

6 bedroom villa for sale, Roquefort les Pins, Alpes-Maritimes, French Riviera

Beautiful South facing single storey, 3 bedroom Provencal style villa with expansive pool, separate 2 bedroom accommodation and one bedroom studio, nestling in over an acre of glorious landscaped gard...

REF: 228296
  • Floor Size: 220 square metres
  • Plot Size: 4,200 square metres (0.42 hectares / 1.04 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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10 bedroom French chateau for sale, Occitanie, Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees

10 bedroom French chateau for sale, Occitanie, Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees
2,500,000 EUR

10 bedroom French chateau for sale, Occitanie, Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees

Outstanding and beautifully renovated 10 bedroom historical Chateau with pool, stable block, and separate house, nestling in 16.5 acres of glorious landscaped gardens with 1,000m2 lake, located in...

REF: 228293
  • Floor Size: 1,200 square metres
  • Plot Size: 6,738,016 square metres (673.80 hectares / 1,665.03 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 10
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15 bedroom French chateau for sale, Ariege, Ariege, Midi-Pyrenees

15 bedroom French chateau for sale, Ariege, Ariege, Midi-Pyrenees
1,180,000 EUR

15 bedroom French chateau for sale, Ariege, Ariege, Midi-Pyrenees

Beautiful 16th century French Chateau with Gites and private lake, nestling in 7.5 hectares of glorious land while enjoying far reaching countryside views from its peaceful location near all amenities...

REF: 228292
  • Floor Size: 317 square metres
  • Plot Size: 75,000 square metres (7.50 hectares / 18.53 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 15
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8 bedroom French chateau for sale, Occitanie, Tarn et Garonne, Tarn-et-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees

8 bedroom French chateau for sale, Occitanie, Tarn et Garonne, Tarn-et-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees
880,000 EUR

8 bedroom French chateau for sale, Occitanie, Tarn et Garonne, Tarn-et-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees

Fabulous 15th century 5 bedroom French Chateau with separate 3 bedroom house and outbuildings, nestling in 10 hectares of glorious land while enjoying panoramic views from its peaceful, elevated locat...

REF: 228291
  • Floor Size: 1,000 square metres
  • Plot Size: 100,000 square metres (10.00 hectares / 24.71 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 8
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8 bedroom manor house for sale, St Front sur Lemance, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine

8 bedroom manor house for sale, St Front sur Lemance, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine
689,000 EUR

8 bedroom manor house for sale, St Front sur Lemance, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine

Unique opportunity to acquire a beautifully renovated and refurbished 5 bedroom Maison de Maitre, 3 bedroom gite, expansive pool and many outbuildings nestling in over 8 acres of glorious land in a pe...

REF: 228285
  • Floor Size: 387 square metres
  • Plot Size: 33,597 square metres (3.36 hectares / 8.30 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 8
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6 bedroom house for sale, Uzes, Gard, Languedoc-Roussillon

6 bedroom house for sale, Uzes, Gard, Languedoc-Roussillon
795,000 EUR

6 bedroom house for sale, Uzes, Gard, Languedoc-Roussillon

Unique opportunity to acquire a stunning nineteenth century former spinning mill beautifully renovated into a 4 bedroom house with pool, art gallery, one bedroom dovecote and separate one bedroom outb...

REF: 228266
  • Floor Size: 290 square metres
  • Plot Size: 20,000 square metres (2.00 hectares / 4.94 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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6 bedroom house for sale, Uzes, Gard, Languedoc-Roussillon

6 bedroom house for sale, Uzes, Gard, Languedoc-Roussillon
1,200,000 EUR

6 bedroom house for sale, Uzes, Gard, Languedoc-Roussillon

Beautifully renovated and charming 3 bedroom former farmhouse with separate 3 bedroom house and pool nestling in over 2 acres of glorious landscaped gardens and orchards, while enjoying far reaching c...

REF: 228265
  • Floor Size: 265 square metres
  • Plot Size: 8,806 square metres (0.88 hectares / 2.18 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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5 bedroom villa for sale, Saint Martin de Re, Charente-Maritime, Ile de Re

5 bedroom villa for sale, Saint Martin de Re, Charente-Maritime, Ile de Re
1,260,000 EUR

5 bedroom villa for sale, Saint Martin de Re, Charente-Maritime, Ile de Re

Completely and tastefully refurbished 5 bedroom home, ideally situated right in the heart of Saint Martin de Re, with a mixture of contemporary and old world charm. This charming house consist...

REF: 228258
  • Floor Size: 158 square metres
  • Plot Size: 304 square metres (0.03 hectares / 0.08 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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5 bedroom villa for sale, Vallauris, Cannes, French Riviera

5 bedroom villa for sale, Vallauris, Cannes, French Riviera
6,400,000 EUR

5 bedroom villa for sale, Vallauris, Cannes, French Riviera

Beautiful 4 bedroom villa and 1 bedroom guest house located in a quiet setting in Vallauris, offering sea and mountain views. Built in the 80s, this superb property, which is a true work of art...

REF: 228250
  • Floor Size: 350 square metres
  • Plot Size: 3,500 square metres (0.35 hectares / 0.86 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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