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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7 bedroom villa for sale, Saint Paul de Vence, Alpes-Maritimes, French Riviera

7 bedroom villa for sale, Saint Paul de Vence, Alpes-Maritimes, French Riviera
1,650,000 EUR

7 bedroom villa for sale, Saint Paul de Vence, Alpes-Maritimes, French Riviera

Bright and spacious 7 bedroom Provencal style villa, with a total beautifully presented living area of 254m2, set within a large and lush landscaped plot of 2,984m2 with a swimming pool. This ...

REF: 221800
  • Floor Size: 254 square metres
  • Plot Size: 2,984 square metres (0.30 hectares / 0.74 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 7
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4 bedroom villa for sale, Nice, French Riviera

4 bedroom villa for sale, Nice, French Riviera
3,724,000 EUR

4 bedroom villa for sale, Nice, French Riviera

Situated right alongside the sea and with private beach access, this exceptional 4 bedroom villa is ideally situated within a secure and quiet area in Nice. With over 220m2 of living area, fea...

REF: 221798
  • Floor Size: 220 square metres
  • Plot Size: 2,500 square metres (0.25 hectares / 0.62 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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5 bedroom house for sale, Magagnosc, Grasse, Cote d'Azur French Riviera

5 bedroom house for sale, Magagnosc, Grasse, Cote d
1,580,000 EUR

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

Grand and full of character and charm, this beautifully presented 5 bedroom house is ideally situated in a quiet setting in Magagnosc, within Cannes back-country and with stunning panoramic sea and mo...

REF: 221792
  • Floor Size: 240 square metres
  • Plot Size: 16,376 square metres (1.64 hectares / 4.05 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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6 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Eymet, Dordogne, Aquitaine

6 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Eymet, Dordogne, Aquitaine
379,000 EUR

6 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Eymet, Dordogne, Aquitaine

Excellent opportunity to combine lifestyle and income potential with this pretty stone farmhouse close to the popular bastide town of Eymet, with independent gite and 2 swimming pools in a lovely set...

REF: 221790
  • Floor Size: 240 square metres
  • Plot Size: 5,430 square metres (0.54 hectares / 1.34 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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6 bedroom manor house for sale, Gordes, Vaucluse, Luberon

6 bedroom manor house for sale, Gordes, Vaucluse, Luberon
2,950,000 EUR

6 bedroom manor house for sale, Gordes, Vaucluse, Luberon

Full of character and charm and beautifully refurbished 6 bedroom stone built manor house, ideally situated in a quiet setting close to Gordes, within a large 95,000m2 plot with a superbly landscaped ...

REF: 221789
  • Floor Size: 340 square metres
  • Plot Size: 95,000 square metres (9.50 hectares / 23.48 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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4 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Villereal, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine

4 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Villereal, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine
371,530 EUR

4 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Villereal, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine

Charming country farmhouse with gite and a swimming pool with lots of character and rural views. The 250m2 property consists of a traditional old farmhouse and barn. The house has been con...

REF: 221785
  • Floor Size: 250 square metres
  • Plot Size: 6,153 square metres (0.62 hectares / 1.52 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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5 bedroom villa for sale, Theoule sur Mer, Alpes-Maritimes, French Riviera

5 bedroom villa for sale, Theoule sur Mer, Alpes-Maritimes, French Riviera
1,690,000 EUR

5 bedroom villa for sale, Theoule sur Mer, Alpes-Maritimes, French Riviera

With stunning sea views, this superb 5 bedroom villa is ideally situated in a quiet elevated setting right in the heart of a gated estate in Theoule sur Mer, close to Cannes and just 5 minutes from th...

REF: 221778
  • Floor Size: 247 square metres
  • Plot Size: 2,000 square metres (0.20 hectares / 0.49 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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9 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Prades, Pyrenees-Orientales, Languedoc-Roussillon

9 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Prades, Pyrenees-Orientales, Languedoc-Roussillon
767,000 EUR

9 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Prades, Pyrenees-Orientales, Languedoc-Roussillon

Excellent income-generating opportunity with this up-and running-gites business, very nicely situated in 5 acres of land with organic fruit trees, vineyard and lovely mountain views on the edge of t...

REF: 221777
  • Plot Size: 20,000 square metres (2.00 hectares / 4.94 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 9
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7 bedroom French chateau for sale, Angouleme, Charente, Poitou-Charentes

7 bedroom French chateau for sale, Angouleme, Charente, Poitou-Charentes
551,200 EUR

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

Renovated and beautifully presented throughout, this spacious 7 bedroom historic 15th Century home, which was extended in the 18th Century, has a total living area of 345m2 which is made up of 2 main...

REF: 221765
  • Floor Size: 345 square metres
  • Plot Size: 894 square metres (0.09 hectares / 0.22 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 7
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7 bedroom house for sale, Ruffec, Charente, Poitou-Charentes

7 bedroom house for sale, Ruffec, Charente, Poitou-Charentes
550,140 EUR

7 bedroom house for sale, Ruffec, Charente, Poitou-Charentes

Spacious and beautifully presented 3 bedroom main house, guest annex and an independent 3 bedroom gite, with excellent rental possibilities, ideally situated in a historic hamlet close to the pilgrima...

REF: 221764
  • Floor Size: 416 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,725 square metres (0.17 hectares / 0.43 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 7
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