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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6 bedroom house for sale, Montaigu de Quercy, Tarn-et-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees

6 bedroom house for sale, Montaigu de Quercy, Tarn-et-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees
477,000 EUR

6 bedroom house for sale, Montaigu de Quercy, Tarn-et-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees

A unique opportunity to acquire a superb collection of traditional stone buildings, all in excellent condition, with pool and equestrian facilities, set in over 20 hectares of beautiful countryside

REF: 219615
  • Floor Size: 98 square metres
  • Plot Size: 200,000 square metres (20.00 hectares / 49.42 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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11 bedroom French chateau for sale, Perigueux, Dordogne, Aquitaine

11 bedroom French chateau for sale, Perigueux, Dordogne, Aquitaine
1,260,000 EUR

11 bedroom French chateau for sale, Perigueux, Dordogne, Aquitaine

Impressive and carefully restored hilltop chateau with excellent panoramic views over the surrounding countryside, set in almost 14 acres of land. The entire property is in impeccable condi...

REF: 219613
  • Floor Size: 750 square metres
  • Plot Size: 56,000 square metres (5.60 hectares / 13.84 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 11
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4 bedroom house for sale, Sainte Livrade sur Lot, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine

4 bedroom house for sale, Sainte Livrade sur Lot, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine
699,500 EUR

4 bedroom house for sale, Sainte Livrade sur Lot, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine

An individual modern property with 4 bedrooms on the banks of the river Lot, complete with swimming pool and pontoon. The house has been tastefully updated and offers excellent views over the ...

REF: 219610
  • Floor Size: 150 square metres
  • Plot Size: 2,300 square metres (0.23 hectares / 0.57 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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23 bedroom house for sale, Sainte Colombe de Villeneuve, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine

23 bedroom house for sale, Sainte Colombe de Villeneuve, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine
998,520 EUR

23 bedroom house for sale, Sainte Colombe de Villeneuve, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine

Originally a tied property to the neighbouring chateau, this is an exceptional stone farmhouse from the Nineteenth century which has been, carefully and tastefully restored offering versatile accommod...

REF: 219608
  • Floor Size: 270 square metres
  • Plot Size: 29,800 square metres (2.98 hectares / 7.36 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 23
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6 bedroom manor house for sale, Laroque Timbaut, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine

6 bedroom manor house for sale, Laroque Timbaut, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine
848,000 EUR

6 bedroom manor house for sale, Laroque Timbaut, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine

Beautifully and totally refurbished ensemble of buildings, which include a beautiful stone built manor house, guest cottage, renovated stone pigeonnier, stone barn, stables and various outbuildings, a...

REF: 219598
  • Plot Size: 80,000 square metres (8.00 hectares / 19.77 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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7 bedroom house for sale, Monflanquin, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine

7 bedroom house for sale, Monflanquin, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine
649,900 EUR

7 bedroom house for sale, Monflanquin, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine

Grand, spacious and beautifully presented stone property house, which has been superbly refurbished to a very high standard, situated in a quiet setting surrounded by 3.5 hectares of meadows and lands...

REF: 219594
  • Floor Size: 420 square metres
  • Plot Size: 35,082 square metres (3.51 hectares / 8.67 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 7
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4 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Lauzerte, Tarn-et-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees

4 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Lauzerte, Tarn-et-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees
850,000 EUR

4 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Lauzerte, Tarn-et-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees

Fabulous barn conversion with, pigeonnier and heated swimming pool set in over 2 acres of mature gardens offering the most amazing views over the Garonne valley, reaching to the Pyrenees. Th...

REF: 219595
  • Floor Size: 400 square metres
  • Plot Size: 8,200 square metres (0.82 hectares / 2.03 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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7 bedroom house for sale, Riberac, Dordogne, Aquitaine

7 bedroom house for sale, Riberac, Dordogne, Aquitaine
450,500 EUR

7 bedroom house for sale, Riberac, Dordogne, Aquitaine

Full of original character and charm, this substantial 7 bedroom house, with a total living area of 285m2, offers flexible accommodation over 3 floors. Located in a quiet setting in Riberac, t...

REF: 219591
  • Floor Size: 285 square metres
  • Plot Size: 5,238 square metres (0.52 hectares / 1.29 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 7
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8 bedroom manor house for sale, Blaye, Gironde, Gascony

8 bedroom manor house for sale, Blaye, Gironde, Gascony
551,200 EUR

8 bedroom manor house for sale, Blaye, Gironde, Gascony

Appealing Nineteenth Century 'Manoire" , nicely situated in the heart of a vibrant village, north of Bordeaux, with 6 bedrooms and 2 additional studio apartments. Boasting six bedrooms, five...

REF: 219589
  • Floor Size: 364 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,607 square metres (0.16 hectares / 0.40 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 8
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14 bedroom manor house for sale, Saint Aulaye, Dordogne, Dordogne Perigord Vert

14 bedroom manor house for sale, Saint Aulaye, Dordogne, Dordogne Perigord Vert
1,007,000 EUR

14 bedroom manor house for sale, Saint Aulaye, Dordogne, Dordogne Perigord Vert

Beautifully presented, spacious and historical 13th Century manor house with 4 gites, a huge barn, swimming pool and 4.5 hectares of land, which was once a defence castle then a hospital, ideally loca...

REF: 219587
  • Floor Size: 800 square metres
  • Plot Size: 45,000 square metres (4.50 hectares / 11.12 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 14
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