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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9 bedroom house for sale, Avignon, Vaucluse, Provence

9 bedroom house for sale, Avignon, Vaucluse, Provence
1,785,000 EUR

9 bedroom house for sale, Avignon, Vaucluse, Provence

Nestling in over 5 acres of glorious landscaped gardens with pool, is this stunning 9 bedroom bastide with stables, enjoying wonderful scenic views from its peaceful location near all amenities in Avi...

REF: 233073
  • Floor Size: 620 square metres
  • Plot Size: 21,550 square metres (2.16 hectares / 5.33 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 9
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4 bedroom villa for sale, Gujan Mestras, Gironde, Gascony

4 bedroom villa for sale, Gujan Mestras, Gironde, Gascony
710,000 EUR

4 bedroom villa for sale, Gujan Mestras, Gironde, Gascony

Charming 3 bedroom single storey villa with one bedroom studio, garden and Jacuzzi, ideally located near all amenities in Gujan-Mestras in the district of Meyran. This modern property of 110 m2...

REF: 233065
  • Floor Size: 110 square metres
  • Plot Size: 604 square metres (0.06 hectares / 0.15 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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8 bedroom house for sale, Chadenac, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes

8 bedroom house for sale, Chadenac, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes
595,750 EUR

8 bedroom house for sale, Chadenac, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes

Nestling in nearly 2.5 acres of glorious landscaped gardens with pool, is this beautifully renovated Charentaise Longere house with gite and Air BnB, enjoying countryside views from its peaceful l...

REF: 233058
  • Floor Size: 400 square metres
  • Plot Size: 10,000 square metres (1.00 hectares / 2.47 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 8
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16 bedroom French chateau for sale, Bergerac, Dordogne, Aquitaine

16 bedroom French chateau for sale, Bergerac, Dordogne, Aquitaine
2,226,000 EUR

16 bedroom French chateau for sale, Bergerac, Dordogne, Aquitaine

Unique opportunity to acquire an exceptional estate comprising of a beautifully renovated French Chateau, a 3 bedroom gite, one bedroom cottage, one bedroom studio and outbuilding, all nestling in 56 ...

REF: 233040
  • Floor Size: 970 square metres
  • Plot Size: 56,000 square metres (5.60 hectares / 13.84 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 16
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5 bedroom villa for sale, Grande Corniche, Eze, Eze Cap d'Ail, French Riviera

5 bedroom villa for sale, Grande Corniche, Eze, Eze Cap d
1,900,000 EUR

5 bedroom villa for sale, Grande Corniche, Eze, Eze Cap d'Ail, French Riviera

Beautiful 4 bedroom Provencal style villa with separate one bedroom flat, nestling in glorious landscaped gardens with expansive swimming pool and Jacuzzi, enjoying panoramic sea views from its idylli...

REF: 233036
  • Floor Size: 240 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,700 square metres (0.17 hectares / 0.42 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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8 bedroom house for sale, Mareuil en Perigord, Dordogne, Dordogne Perigord Vert

8 bedroom house for sale, Mareuil en Perigord, Dordogne, Dordogne Perigord Vert
550,000 EUR

8 bedroom house for sale, Mareuil en Perigord, Dordogne, Dordogne Perigord Vert

Full of character and charm and with a total combined living area of 375m2, this unique ensemble of stone built properties have a total of 8 bedrooms and an extremely flexible accommodation. Pr...

REF: 233025
  • Floor Size: 374 square metres
  • Plot Size: 2,599 square metres (0.26 hectares / 0.64 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 8
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9 bedroom French chateau for sale, Lalinde, Dordogne, Aquitaine

9 bedroom French chateau for sale, Lalinde, Dordogne, Aquitaine
530,000 EUR

9 bedroom French chateau for sale, Lalinde, Dordogne, Aquitaine

Located in a quiet setting close to Lalinde and full of character and charm, this superb grand and spacious 9 bedroom Chateau style property has a total spacious living area of 294m2 and is set within...

REF: 233023
  • Floor Size: 294 square metres
  • Plot Size: 3,520 square metres (0.35 hectares / 0.87 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 9
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5 bedroom apartment for sale, Val Thorens, Savoie, Three Valleys Ski

5 bedroom apartment for sale, Val Thorens, Savoie, Three Valleys Ski
1,207,500 EUR

5 bedroom apartment for sale, Val Thorens, Savoie, Three Valleys Ski

A great investment opportunity, this superb 5 bedroom apartment, which can accommodate up to 10 people. is ideally situated within a ski-in/ski-out residence in Val Thorens. With a total spacio...

REF: 233014
  • Floor Size: 109 square metres
  • Bedrooms: 5
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4 bedroom villa for sale, Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, St Jean Cap Ferrat, French Riviera

4 bedroom villa for sale, Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, St Jean Cap Ferrat, French Riviera
3,300,000 EUR

4 bedroom villa for sale, Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, St Jean Cap Ferrat, French Riviera

Beautifully refurbished 4 bedroom villa with stunning sea views, ideally set within a quiet residential area in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat and close to shops, beaches and the seaside walkway. Recent...

REF: 233012
  • Floor Size: 225 square metres
  • Bedrooms: 4
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5 bedroom house for sale, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, Loire Valley

5 bedroom house for sale, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, Loire Valley
588,500 EUR

5 bedroom house for sale, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, Loire Valley

A lovely family home with potential for paying guests (B&B style) in an attractive park setting with swimming pool, just 20 minutes from Tours and the Loire Valley and a short distance from the local ...

REF: 233009
  • Plot Size: 18,000 square metres (1.80 hectares / 4.45 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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