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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5 bedroom villa for sale, Mougins, French Riviera

5 bedroom villa for sale, Mougins, French Riviera
4,590,000 EUR

5 bedroom villa for sale, Mougins, French Riviera

Exceptional luxurious and immaculate 5 bedroom villa with expansive infinity pool and separate apartment, nestling in 1.5 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens near all amenities in Mougins. T...

REF: 230255
  • Floor Size: 470 square metres
  • Plot Size: 5,900 square metres (0.59 hectares / 1.46 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Sadillac, Bergerac, Dordogne, Aquitaine

6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Sadillac, Bergerac, Dordogne, Aquitaine
1,166,000 EUR

6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Sadillac, Bergerac, Dordogne, Aquitaine

Absolutely magical 6 bedroom 11th century French Chateau with separate apartment, pool and sauna, nestling in over 8 acres of glorious land and gardens with private golf course, while enjoying far rea...

REF: 230253
  • Floor Size: 440 square metres
  • Plot Size: 33,815 square metres (3.38 hectares / 8.36 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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5 bedroom villa for sale, Villefranche sur Mer, Villefranche, French Riviera

5 bedroom villa for sale, Villefranche sur Mer, Villefranche, French Riviera
1,800,000 EUR

5 bedroom villa for sale, Villefranche sur Mer, Villefranche, French Riviera

Enjoying spectacular views of the bay of Villefranche and Cap Ferrat from its idyllic elevated location, is this stunning 5 bedroom villa consisting of two individual apartments, nestling in nearly an...

REF: 230251
  • Floor Size: 220 square metres
  • Plot Size: 3,700 square metres (0.37 hectares / 0.91 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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10 bedroom French chateau for sale, La Roche Posay, Chatellerault, Vienne, Poitou-Charentes

10 bedroom French chateau for sale, La Roche Posay, Chatellerault, Vienne, Poitou-Charentes
1,550,000 EUR

10 bedroom French chateau for sale, La Roche Posay, Chatellerault, Vienne, Poitou-Charentes

Full of character and charm and with a total spacious living area of 710m2, this stunning 19th Century chateau, which has been beautifully renovated and is in immaculate condition throughout.

REF: 230247
  • Floor Size: 710 square metres
  • Plot Size: 73,139 square metres (7.31 hectares / 18.07 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 10
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5 bedroom house for sale, Grasse, Cote d'Azur French Riviera

5 bedroom house for sale, Grasse, Cote d
875,000 EUR

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

Beautifully designed by an architect and ideally situated in a quiet setting yet close to amenities and schools, this superb home has a total spacious living area of 250m2 and is set on a large south ...

REF: 230246
  • Floor Size: 250 square metres
  • Plot Size: 5,671 square metres (0.57 hectares / 1.40 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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6 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Caylus, Tarn-et-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees

6 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Caylus, Tarn-et-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees
650,000 EUR

6 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Caylus, Tarn-et-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees

Situated in a quiet setting within the pretty hamlet of Caylus in the Causse de Quercy area, this superb spacious and beautifully appointed 6 bedroom property also has 5 reception areas, thus making i...

REF: 230236
  • Floor Size: 658 square metres
  • Plot Size: 6,400 square metres (0.64 hectares / 1.58 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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6 bedroom mill for sale, La Roquette sur Siagne, Mougins, French Riviera

6 bedroom mill for sale, La Roquette sur Siagne, Mougins, French Riviera
2,250,000 EUR

6 bedroom mill for sale, La Roquette sur Siagne, Mougins, French Riviera

Full of character and charm and set within a large plot of 25,000m2, this lovely home is ideally situated in a quiet setting amongst greenery, yet within walking distance to the small shops of the vil...

REF: 230231
  • Floor Size: 300 square metres
  • Plot Size: 25,000 square metres (2.50 hectares / 6.18 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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6 bedroom house for sale, Thuir, Pyrenees-Orientales, Languedoc-Roussillon

6 bedroom house for sale, Thuir, Pyrenees-Orientales, Languedoc-Roussillon
780,000 EUR

6 bedroom house for sale, Thuir, Pyrenees-Orientales, Languedoc-Roussillon

Nestling in 2.5 acres of glorious landscaped gardens is this beautifully renovated 3 bedroom house with separate 2 bedroom gite, one bedroom studio, pool, Jacuzzi and outbuilding, enjoying far reachin...

REF: 230228
  • Floor Size: 270 square metres
  • Plot Size: 10,000 square metres (1.00 hectares / 2.47 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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5 bedroom house for sale, Saix, Castres, Tarn, Midi-Pyrenees

5 bedroom house for sale, Saix, Castres, Tarn, Midi-Pyrenees
535,000 EUR

5 bedroom house for sale, Saix, Castres, Tarn, Midi-Pyrenees

Full of character and charm and with a total spacious living area of 441m2, this superb home is situated in a quiet and peaceful location surrounded by beautiful countryside, yet just a 2 minute drive...

REF: 230213
  • Floor Size: 441 square metres
  • Plot Size: 28,914 square metres (2.89 hectares / 7.14 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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9 bedroom house for sale, Allemans du Dropt, Lot-et-Garonne, Gascony

9 bedroom house for sale, Allemans du Dropt, Lot-et-Garonne, Gascony
495,000 EUR

9 bedroom house for sale, Allemans du Dropt, Lot-et-Garonne, Gascony

Full of character and charm and with a total spacious living area of 400m2, this wonderful small holding/family home is ideally situated in a quiet setting on the outskirts of a village with amenities...

REF: 230212
  • Floor Size: 400 square metres
  • Plot Size: 59,028 square metres (5.90 hectares / 14.59 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 9
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