French Property with Infinity Pool
French Property with Infinity Pool
French Property with Infinity Pool

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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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5 bedroom villa for sale, Grimaud, French Riviera

5 bedroom villa for sale, Grimaud, French Riviera
1,190,000 EUR

5 bedroom villa for sale, Grimaud, French Riviera

Lovely 5 bedroom villa in an excellent location within a secure domain, halfway between the village and the beach, with superb panoramic views over the countryside to the Mediterranean Sea. Th...

REF: 223829
  • Floor Size: 170 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,800 square metres (0.18 hectares / 0.44 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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5 bedroom villa for sale, Mougins, French Riviera

5 bedroom villa for sale, Mougins, French Riviera
2,950,000 EUR

5 bedroom villa for sale, Mougins, French Riviera

Superb property set in over 8 acres of gardens and woodland in a private domain of 4 villas with direct and private access to the Royal Mougins Golf Club. This property offers two villas: The...

REF: 223740
  • Floor Size: 250 square metres
  • Plot Size: 35,000 square metres (3.50 hectares / 8.65 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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5 bedroom villa for sale, Seillans, Var, Cote d'Azur French Riviera

5 bedroom villa for sale, Seillans, Var, Cote d
1,295,000 EUR

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

Charming and beautifully presented old stone house, with a total spacious living area of around 308m2, set within a large mature plot of 19,500m2 with a swimming pool, olive trees and amazing countrys...

REF: 223707
  • Floor Size: 308 square metres
  • Plot Size: 19,500 square metres (1.95 hectares / 4.82 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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5 bedroom villa for sale, Seillans, Var, Cote d'Azur French Riviera

5 bedroom villa for sale, Seillans, Var, Cote d
1,200,000 EUR

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

Beautiful Provencal style home, ideally situated within a quiet and peaceful, residential area close to the charming village of Seillans, set on lovely mature south facing gardens of 6,675m2 with a sw...

REF: 223594
  • Floor Size: 300 square metres
  • Plot Size: 6,675 square metres (0.67 hectares / 1.65 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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4 bedroom villa for sale, Mougins, French Riviera

4 bedroom villa for sale, Mougins, French Riviera
1,130,000 EUR

4 bedroom villa for sale, Mougins, French Riviera

Modern and spacious 4 bedroom villa, which is currently nearing completion, with a total living area of 210m2, plus a 90m2 basement, set within a wooded plot of 4,500m2 (or more if needed) with a swim...

REF: 223589
  • Floor Size: 210 square metres
  • Plot Size: 4,500 square metres (0.45 hectares / 1.11 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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5 bedroom villa for sale, Port, Nice, French Riviera

5 bedroom villa for sale, Port, Nice, French Riviera
3,990,000 EUR

5 bedroom villa for sale, Port, Nice, French Riviera

Amazing, modern and spacious 5 bedroom villa with 350m2 of living area, with refined and very high-end services and finishes, ideally situated just a short walk to the village and set within a large p...

REF: 223558
  • Floor Size: 350 square metres
  • Plot Size: 5,000 square metres (0.50 hectares / 1.24 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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4 bedroom villa for sale, Gassin, St Tropez, French Riviera

4 bedroom villa for sale, Gassin, St Tropez, French Riviera
4,750,000 EUR

4 bedroom villa for sale, Gassin, St Tropez, French Riviera

Magnificent villa located on the doorstep of the charming village of Gassin, within a very private and quiet setting surrounded by famous vineyards such as the Chateau du Minuty and only 7km from Sain...

REF: 223543
  • Floor Size: 250 square metres
  • Plot Size: 6,000 square metres (0.60 hectares / 1.48 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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4 bedroom villa for sale, Grimaud, French Riviera

4 bedroom villa for sale, Grimaud, French Riviera
3,600,000 EUR

4 bedroom villa for sale, Grimaud, French Riviera

Magnificent and beautifully designed 3 bedroom villa with stunning sea views, ideally situated within a private, quiet and natural setting in Grimaud and with stunning views towards the sea. Gr...

REF: 223542
  • Floor Size: 320 square metres
  • Bedrooms: 4
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5 bedroom villa for sale, Mandelieu la Napoule, Alpes-Maritimes, French Riviera

5 bedroom villa for sale, Mandelieu la Napoule, Alpes-Maritimes, French Riviera
1,485,000 EUR

5 bedroom villa for sale, Mandelieu la Napoule, Alpes-Maritimes, French Riviera

Close to Cannes - Villa with sea view Ideally situated in a quiet setting in Mandelieu la Napoule, just 5 minutes from all amenities and the sea and close to Cannes, this charming and complete...

REF: 223383
  • Floor Size: 300 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,478 square metres (0.15 hectares / 0.37 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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5 bedroom villa for sale, Seillans, Var, Cote d'Azur French Riviera

5 bedroom villa for sale, Seillans, Var, Cote d
1,700,000 EUR

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

Luxurious 5 bedroom villa, with a total spacious living area of 350m2, ideally situated within a green setting just a 5 minute drive from lovely town of Seillans. Built with great taste and hig...

REF: 223343
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  • Bedrooms: 5
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