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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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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10 bedroom house for sale, Angouleme, Charente, Poitou-Charentes

10 bedroom house for sale, Angouleme, Charente, Poitou-Charentes
1,643,000 EUR

10 bedroom house for sale, Angouleme, Charente, Poitou-Charentes

Surrounded by 84 acres of glorious landscaped gardens, woodland and grazing land, is this beautifully renovated 6 bedroom 18th century house with 4 bedroom guest house, a further property, expansive p...

REF: 231376
  • Floor Size: 718 square metres
  • Plot Size: 340,000 square metres (34.00 hectares / 84.02 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 10
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3 bedroom townhouse for sale, Cap d'Ail, Eze Cap d'Ail, French Riviera

3 bedroom townhouse for sale, Cap d
2,450,000 EUR

3 bedroom townhouse for sale, Cap d'Ail, Eze Cap d'Ail, French Riviera

Enjoying uninterrupted sea views is this charming and well presented refurbished 3 bedroom townhouse with garage and courtyard, ideally located in a sought after area near the beach and Cap d'Ail port...

REF: 231366
  • Floor Size: 154 square metres
  • Bedrooms: 3
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5 bedroom villa for sale, Fayence, Var, Cote d'Azur French Riviera

5 bedroom villa for sale, Fayence, Var, Cote d
875,000 EUR

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

A beautifully presented five bedroom villa with stunning countryside views and swimming pool, set within a lovely 1,200m2 plot located within walking distance to the historic village centre of Fayence...

REF: 231362
  • Floor Size: 170 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,200 square metres (0.12 hectares / 0.30 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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4 bedroom villa for sale, La Turbie, Eze Cap d'Ail, French Riviera

4 bedroom villa for sale, La Turbie, Eze Cap d
1,600,000 EUR

4 bedroom villa for sale, La Turbie, Eze Cap d'Ail, French Riviera

Bright and spacious modern 4 bedroom villa with separate flat, nestling in over an acre of beautiful landscaped gardens with pool while enjoying far reaching countryside views from its peaceful locati...

REF: 231359
  • Floor Size: 165 square metres
  • Plot Size: 5,000 square metres (0.50 hectares / 1.24 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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5 bedroom villa for sale, La Turbie, Eze Cap d'Ail, French Riviera

5 bedroom villa for sale, La Turbie, Eze Cap d
2,650,000 EUR

5 bedroom villa for sale, La Turbie, Eze Cap d'Ail, French Riviera

Nestlling in over half an acre of glorious mature gardens with expansive pool, is this beautifully renovated 5 bedroom villa enjoying uninterrupted 360 degree sea views from its peaceful location only...

REF: 231348
  • Floor Size: 177 square metres
  • Plot Size: 2,700 square metres (0.27 hectares / 0.67 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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4 bedroom villa for sale, Uzes, Gard, Languedoc-Roussillon

4 bedroom villa for sale, Uzes, Gard, Languedoc-Roussillon
550,000 EUR

4 bedroom villa for sale, Uzes, Gard, Languedoc-Roussillon

Recently totally refurbished, this superb 3 bedroom villa with separate one bedroom apartment, is ideally situated in a quiet setting on the heights of a sought after village just 5 minutes from Uzes....

REF: 231346
  • Floor Size: 184 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,701 square metres (0.17 hectares / 0.42 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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9 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Bergerac, Dordogne, Aquitaine

9 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Bergerac, Dordogne, Aquitaine
1,765,000 EUR

9 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Bergerac, Dordogne, Aquitaine

Beautifully restored and renovated 5 bedroom house and 4 bedroom house with pool and glorious landscaped gardens, nestling in 3/4 acre of land while enjoying panoramic views across the vineyards from ...

REF: 231336
  • Floor Size: 500 square metres
  • Plot Size: 3,000 square metres (0.30 hectares / 0.74 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 9
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5 bedroom house for sale, Limoux, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon

5 bedroom house for sale, Limoux, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon
435,000 EUR

5 bedroom house for sale, Limoux, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon

With stunning countryside views and surrounded by a large well kept garden of 4,877m2 with a swimming pool, this superb 5 bedroom villa, which was designed by the current owner, is cleverly split over...

REF: 231317
  • Floor Size: 271 square metres
  • Plot Size: 4,877 square metres (0.49 hectares / 1.21 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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4 bedroom villa for sale, Tourrettes, Var, Cote d'Azur French Riviera

4 bedroom villa for sale, Tourrettes, Var, Cote d
598,000 EUR

4 bedroom villa for sale, Tourrettes, Var, Cote d'Azur French Riviera

Charming 4 bedroom stone built villa, with a total living area of 146m2, set within a mature plot of 1,500m2 with a swimming pool and pool house. Features include: entrance hall, living/dining ...

REF: 231315
  • Floor Size: 146 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,500 square metres (0.15 hectares / 0.37 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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4 bedroom villa for sale, La Colle Sur Loup, Alpes-Maritimes, French Riviera

4 bedroom villa for sale, La Colle Sur Loup, Alpes-Maritimes, French Riviera
1,495,000 EUR

4 bedroom villa for sale, La Colle Sur Loup, Alpes-Maritimes, French Riviera

Perfectly located just 20 minutes from Nice Cote d'Azur airport, just a minutes walk from the large Polygone Riviera shopping centre and the village of Colle sur Loup, this superb 4 bedroom property i...

REF: 231314
  • Floor Size: 185 square metres
  • Plot Size: 3,775 square metres (0.38 hectares / 0.93 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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