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, Habas, Landes, Gascony

5 bedroom house for sale, Habas, Landes, Gascony
316,500 EUR

5 bedroom house for sale, Habas, Landes, Gascony

A charming 5 bedroom property situated in 3.2 hectares of land with swimming pool, tennis court, camping facilities and three separate bungalows. This large farm house is in need of refurbishme...

REF: 218213
  • Plot Size: 32,000 square metres (3.20 hectares / 7.91 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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6 bedroom castle for sale, Saint Emilion, Gironde, Aquitaine

6 bedroom castle for sale, Saint Emilion, Gironde, Aquitaine
1,798,000 EUR

6 bedroom castle for sale, Saint Emilion, Gironde, Aquitaine

A fantastic opportunity to acquire a magnificent 6 bedroom chateau with pool and its own established vineyard, situated in acres of rolling countryside near Saint-Emilion and all amenities. Thi...

REF: 218208
  • Floor Size: 327 square metres
  • Plot Size: 65,000 square metres (6.50 hectares / 16.06 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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11 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Castelnaudary, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon

11 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Castelnaudary, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon
895,000 EUR

11 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Castelnaudary, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon

Spacious character farmhouse with gites and pool in a tranquil environment with almost 9 acres featuring wonderful woodlands and a lake with potential for further development to expand the existing ...

REF: 218207
  • Floor Size: 620 square metres
  • Plot Size: 35,021 square metres (3.50 hectares / 8.65 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 11
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9 bedroom villa for sale, Vence, Alpes-Maritimes, French Riviera

9 bedroom villa for sale, Vence, Alpes-Maritimes, French Riviera
2,975,000 EUR

9 bedroom villa for sale, Vence, Alpes-Maritimes, French Riviera

Charming and spacious Florentine style villa in a lovely hillside setting of over an acre with outstanding views of the old town of Vence reaching to the sea. Built in the 1950s, this except...

REF: 218199
  • Floor Size: 420 square metres
  • Plot Size: 5,055 square metres (0.51 hectares / 1.25 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 9
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8 bedroom house for sale, Mirepoix, Ariege, Midi-Pyrenees

8 bedroom house for sale, Mirepoix, Ariege, Midi-Pyrenees
580,000 EUR

8 bedroom house for sale, Mirepoix, Ariege, Midi-Pyrenees

A highly individual 4 bedroom equestrian property set on a small hill overlooking the valley, carousel, paddocks and stables, with the bonus of 2 fully functional 2 bedroom gites, all set in fields...

REF: 218168
  • Floor Size: 402 square metres
  • Plot Size: 93,425 square metres (9.34 hectares / 23.09 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 8
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5 bedroom villa for sale, Cap d'Antibes, Antibes Juan les Pins, French Riviera

5 bedroom villa for sale, Cap d
2,500,000 EUR

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

A stylish modern 5 bedroom villa with lovely pool and panoramic sea views located in Cap d'Antibes, with a secondary villa in the grounds. The property has a living area of approximately 106 m2...

REF: 218160
  • Floor Size: 185 square metres
  • Bedrooms: 5
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7 bedroom villa for sale, Grimaud, French Riviera

7 bedroom villa for sale, Grimaud, French Riviera
2,600,000 EUR

7 bedroom villa for sale, Grimaud, French Riviera

A charming five bedroom spacious and bright property located in the entre of Beauvallon, near to Saint-Tropez with a large swimming pool, fantastic sea views and a separate two bedroom apartment. <...

REF: 218136
  • Floor Size: 230 square metres
  • Plot Size: 3,800 square metres (0.38 hectares / 0.94 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 7
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4 bedroom villa for sale, Grasse, Cote d'Azur French Riviera

4 bedroom villa for sale, Grasse, Cote d
1,200,000 EUR

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

Only 5 minutes to all amenities yet surrounded by mature lush trees and countryside is this marvellous unique property in Grasse Plascassier, set in nearly 6000m2 of ground with panoramic views, four...

REF: 218134
  • Floor Size: 200 square metres
  • Plot Size: 5,880 square metres (0.59 hectares / 1.45 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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6 bedroom villa for sale, Californie, Cannes, French Riviera

6 bedroom villa for sale, Californie, Cannes, French Riviera
1,800,000 EUR

6 bedroom villa for sale, Californie, Cannes, French Riviera

Excellent opportunity to purchase a large 6 bedroom villa, with a total spacious living area of 264m2, ideally situated within a quiet residential setting in the lower area of Californie, within walki...

REF: 218097
  • Floor Size: 264 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,777 square metres (0.18 hectares / 0.44 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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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
2,800,000 EUR

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

Exceptional 7 bedroom Provencal style villa, set within lush and mature landscaped gardens of 8,098m2 with a swimming pool, located in a quiet setting in Saint-Paul de Vence. This exceptional ...

REF: 218096
  • Floor Size: 254 square metres
  • Plot Size: 8,098 square metres (0.81 hectares / 2.00 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 7
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