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

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French Property with Infinity Pool

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

Spacious, unique and modern 6 bedroom villa, ideally situated right in the heart of a highly sought-after area in Cannes, with simply amazing sea views over the bay of Cannes, from the Lerins Islands ...

REF: 223047
  • Floor Size: 350 square metres
  • Plot Size: 3,000 square metres (0.30 hectares / 0.74 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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5 bedroom villa for sale, Ramatuelle, St Tropez, French Riviera

5 bedroom villa for sale, Ramatuelle, St Tropez, French Riviera
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Magnificent 5 bedroom villa with gorgeous infinity pool and tennis court set in over an acre of beautiful landscaped gardens, enjoying breathtaking sea views from its privileged location near the beac...

REF: 223040
  • Floor Size: 350 square metres
  • Plot Size: 4,594 square metres (0.46 hectares / 1.14 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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5 bedroom villa for sale, Gairaut, Nice, French Riviera

5 bedroom villa for sale, Gairaut, Nice, French Riviera
1,785,000 EUR

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

Superb 5 bedroom Architect designed villa, with a total bright and spacious living area of 300m2, set within a large mature landscaped garden of 1,900m2 with an infinity swimming pool and stunning vie...

REF: 222687
  • Floor Size: 300 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,900 square metres (0.19 hectares / 0.47 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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5 bedroom villa for sale, Nice, French Riviera

5 bedroom villa for sale, Nice, French Riviera
9,500,000 EUR

5 bedroom villa for sale, Nice, French Riviera

Superb newly built 5 bedroom villa with stunning modern lines with, set within a large landscaped plot of 1,548m2 with an infinity swimming pool and simply stunning sea views towards Cap Ferrat.

REF: 222686
  • Floor Size: 450 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,548 square metres (0.15 hectares / 0.38 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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5 bedroom villa for sale, Tourrettes sur Loup, Alpes-Maritimes, French Riviera

5 bedroom villa for sale, Tourrettes sur Loup, Alpes-Maritimes, French Riviera
1,290,000 EUR

5 bedroom villa for sale, Tourrettes sur Loup, Alpes-Maritimes, French Riviera

Delightful Provencal-style property, conveniently close to Saint-Paul de Vence, and within walking distance to the village of Tourettes sur Loup and with panoramic sea views. Located onl...

REF: 222662
  • Floor Size: 235 square metres
  • Plot Size: 3,400 square metres (0.34 hectares / 0.84 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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5 bedroom villa for sale, Roquebrune Cap Martin, French Riviera

5 bedroom villa for sale, Roquebrune Cap Martin, French Riviera
5,300,000 EUR

5 bedroom villa for sale, Roquebrune Cap Martin, French Riviera

Superb and spacious luxury villa in the heart of prestigious Cap Martin, in a peaceful residential area with panoramic views of the Bay of Menton and the Italian coastline. With living space ...

REF: 222603
  • Floor Size: 313 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,062 square metres (0.11 hectares / 0.26 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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4 bedroom villa for sale, Les Issambres, Sainte Maxime, French Riviera

4 bedroom villa for sale, Les Issambres, Sainte Maxime, French Riviera
3,950,000 EUR

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Newly built 4 bedroom contemporary style villa, ideally located in a quiet setting in Les Issambres and just 3 minutes from the sea. This remarkable new contemporary villa, with a total surface...

REF: 222592
  • Floor Size: 310 square metres
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  • Bedrooms: 4
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4 bedroom villa for sale, Grasse, Cote d'Azur French Riviera

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Beautifully refurbished old farmhouse, ideally set within a lush environment, on a large mature plot of 2,109m2 with 2 swimming pools and located in a quiet area within Cannes Back-country. Th...

REF: 222569
  • Floor Size: 186 square metres
  • Plot Size: 2,109 square metres (0.21 hectares / 0.52 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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6 bedroom villa for sale, Roquebrune Cap Martin, French Riviera

6 bedroom villa for sale, Roquebrune Cap Martin, French Riviera
12,600,000 EUR

6 bedroom villa for sale, Roquebrune Cap Martin, French Riviera

Fabulous luxury villa in the Art Deco style villa, newly renovated and beautifully appointed, set in a landscaped garden with infinity pool and pool house, close to the sea front with impressive vi...

REF: 222555
  • Floor Size: 450 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,400 square metres (0.14 hectares / 0.35 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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3 bedroom villa for sale, Roquebrune Cap Martin, French Riviera

3 bedroom villa for sale, Roquebrune Cap Martin, French Riviera
2,100,000 EUR

3 bedroom villa for sale, Roquebrune Cap Martin, French Riviera

Stylish and highly individual 3 bedroom villa with an infinity pool in a peaceful situation close to Monaco, with fabulous sea views. Facing South-West, the 200m2 property offers a spectacular...

REF: 222511
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