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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8 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Saint Palais, Pyrenees-Atlantique, Aquitaine

8 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Saint Palais, Pyrenees-Atlantique, Aquitaine
411,450 EUR

8 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Saint Palais, Pyrenees-Atlantique, Aquitaine

Attractive character property which dates back to the Seventeenth Century, nicely renovated and full of character, which is currently being run as a very successful bed and breakfast business, set in ...

REF: 225707
  • Floor Size: 400 square metres
  • Plot Size: 4,500 square metres (0.45 hectares / 1.11 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 8
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4 bedroom house for sale, Aubeterre sur Dronne, Charente, Poitou-Charentes

4 bedroom house for sale, Aubeterre sur Dronne, Charente, Poitou-Charentes
388,500 EUR

4 bedroom house for sale, Aubeterre sur Dronne, Charente, Poitou-Charentes

Charming and tastefully refurbished 3 bedroom stone built house with a 1 bedroom guest apartment, located in a quiet setting in Aubeterre sur Dronne. Features include, on the ground floor: larg...

REF: 225702
  • Floor Size: 0 square metres
  • Bedrooms: 4
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7 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Opio, Grasse, French Riviera

7 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Opio, Grasse, French Riviera
3,950,000 EUR

7 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Opio, Grasse, French Riviera

Beautifully refurbished stone built home and guest villa, ideally situated within total peace and quiet on a private and manicured garden of 10,000m2 with a swimming pool. The setting feels fa...

REF: 225698
  • Floor Size: 450 square metres
  • Plot Size: 10,000 square metres (1.00 hectares / 2.47 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 7
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8 bedroom house for sale, Tourrettes, Var, Cote d'Azur French Riviera

8 bedroom house for sale, Tourrettes, Var, Cote d
10,950,000 EUR

8 bedroom house for sale, Tourrettes, Var, Cote d'Azur French Riviera

Imposing and majestic 8 bedroom Bastide, which was built in 2017 to the highest of standards, ideally situated in a quiet setting in the highest area of the prestigious Domaine de "Terre Blanche", whi...

REF: 225697
  • Bedrooms: 8
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5 bedroom house for sale, Libourne, Gironde, Aquitaine

5 bedroom house for sale, Libourne, Gironde, Aquitaine
1,696,000 EUR

5 bedroom house for sale, Libourne, Gironde, Aquitaine

Spacious and stylish renovated property offering exceptional interiors and luxury living just a few minutes from Libourne , complete with sports hall / gym, armoured garage, and outbuildings. ...

REF: 225694
  • Floor Size: 700 square metres
  • Bedrooms: 5
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8 bedroom house for sale, Sainte Foy la Grande, Gironde, Aquitaine

8 bedroom house for sale, Sainte Foy la Grande, Gironde, Aquitaine
799,000 EUR

8 bedroom house for sale, Sainte Foy la Grande, Gironde, Aquitaine

Beautifully presented throughout, this selection of 3 stone buildings, with a total of 8 bedrooms, all have covered terraces to enjoy the outdoor space. The main property is light and spacious ...

REF: 225692
  • Floor Size: 450 square metres
  • Plot Size: 42,819 square metres (4.28 hectares / 10.58 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 8
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9 bedroom house for sale, Marciac, Gers, Gascony

9 bedroom house for sale, Marciac, Gers, Gascony
948,000 EUR

9 bedroom house for sale, Marciac, Gers, Gascony

Charming 18th Century manor house, ideally situated within an unrivalled setting with panoramic views of rolling Gascony countryside and the Pyrenees. With a total of 9 bedrooms, this superb ma...

REF: 225689
  • Floor Size: 361 square metres
  • Plot Size: 608,187 square metres (60.82 hectares / 150.29 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 9
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9 bedroom castle for sale, Langon, Gironde, Aquitaine

9 bedroom castle for sale, Langon, Gironde, Aquitaine
2,332,000 EUR

9 bedroom castle for sale, Langon, Gironde, Aquitaine

Historic French chateau dating back to the Thirteenth Century set in 55 hectares of meadow and woodland, including 8 hectares of AOC Bordeaux vines. Within an hours drive of Bordeaux, the ...

REF: 225690
  • Floor Size: 600 square metres
  • Plot Size: 550,000 square metres (55.00 hectares / 135.91 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 9
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20 bedroom French chateau for sale, Pezenas, Herault, Languedoc-Roussillon

20 bedroom French chateau for sale, Pezenas, Herault, Languedoc-Roussillon
1,780,000 EUR

20 bedroom French chateau for sale, Pezenas, Herault, Languedoc-Roussillon

Full of character and charm, this splendid 19th Century Chateau, which has been completely restored, has a vast total living area of 1,150m2, which features various large elegant reception rooms, 6 en...

REF: 225680
  • Floor Size: 1,150 square metres
  • Plot Size: 45,960 square metres (4.60 hectares / 11.36 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 20
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6 bedroom house for sale, Aups, Var, Provence

6 bedroom house for sale, Aups, Var, Provence
780,000 EUR

6 bedroom house for sale, Aups, Var, Provence

Beautifully presented throughout, this grand and spacious 5 bedroom house is set within a mature 3 hectare plot with a swimming pool and is, located just 1.5km from the village and 15m from the famous...

REF: 225675
  • Floor Size: 277 square metres
  • Plot Size: 30,000 square metres (3.00 hectares / 7.41 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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