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, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes

5 bedroom villa for sale, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes
1,800,000 EUR

5 bedroom villa for sale, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes

Modern, spacious and beautifully presented 5 bedroom villa, with a luxurious total living area of 246m2, set within an easy to maintain manicured plot of 1,000m2 with a private swimming pool. L...

REF: 236051
  • Floor Size: 246 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,000 square metres (0.10 hectares / 0.25 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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6 bedroom villa for sale, Roquebrune Cap Martin, French Riviera

6 bedroom villa for sale, Roquebrune Cap Martin, French Riviera
5,500,000 EUR

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

Luxurious, bright and spacious 6 bedroom villa, ideally situated in a quiet elevated setting in Roquebrune Cap Martin, within a large elevated plot of 2,800m2 with an infinity swimming pool and stunni...

REF: 236003
  • Floor Size: 450 square metres
  • Plot Size: 2,800 square metres (0.28 hectares / 0.69 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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5 bedroom villa for sale, Menton, French Riviera

5 bedroom villa for sale, Menton, French Riviera
4,900,000 EUR

5 bedroom villa for sale, Menton, French Riviera

With stunning sea views and situated just 20 minutes from Monaco, this spacious, bright and beautifully presented property has a total living area of 500m2 and is nestled in the greenery, on a mature ...

REF: 235987
  • Floor Size: 500 square metres
  • Plot Size: 16,000 square metres (1.60 hectares / 3.95 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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4 bedroom villa for sale, Mougins, French Riviera

4 bedroom villa for sale, Mougins, French Riviera
4,900,000 EUR

4 bedroom villa for sale, Mougins, French Riviera

Charming and spacious 4 bedroom stone built home, which is ideally situated in a quiet and private area right in the heart of one of the most desirable areas of Mougins. Set on a large mature p...

REF: 235974
  • Floor Size: 300 square metres
  • Plot Size: 3,375 square metres (0.34 hectares / 0.83 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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4 bedroom villa for sale, Le Tignet, Grasse, Cote d'Azur French Riviera

4 bedroom villa for sale, Le Tignet, Grasse, Cote d
1,200,000 EUR

4 bedroom villa for sale, Le Tignet, Grasse, Cote d'Azur French Riviera

Surrounded by greenery and with stunning panoramic views over the surrounding hills, this recently built single storey Provencal style villa has a total spacious living area of 178m2 and is set on a m...

REF: 235840
  • Floor Size: 178 square metres
  • Plot Size: 2,142 square metres (0.21 hectares / 0.53 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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4 bedroom villa for sale, Port Grimaud, French Riviera

4 bedroom villa for sale, Port Grimaud, French Riviera
2,995,000 EUR

4 bedroom villa for sale, Port Grimaud, French Riviera

Bright and spacious, luxurious 4 bedroom villa nestling in over half an acre of beautiful landscaped gardens with amazing infinity pool, while enjoying breathtaking panoramic sea views from its idylli...

REF: 235786
  • Floor Size: 290 square metres
  • Plot Size: 2,500 square metres (0.25 hectares / 0.62 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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4 bedroom penthouse for sale, Antibes, Antibes Juan les Pins, French Riviera

4 bedroom penthouse for sale, Antibes, Antibes Juan les Pins, French Riviera
4,650,000 EUR

4 bedroom penthouse for sale, Antibes, Antibes Juan les Pins, French Riviera

Bright, spacious and immaculately presented 4 bedroom penthouse/triplex apartment, ideally situated within a luxury residence in Cap d'Antibes. With a total spacious living area of 161m2, plus ...

REF: 235746
  • Floor Size: 161 square metres
  • Bedrooms: 4
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12 bedroom French chateau for sale, Le Mans, Sarthe, Pays-de-la-Loire

12 bedroom French chateau for sale, Le Mans, Sarthe, Pays-de-la-Loire
2,950,000 EUR

12 bedroom French chateau for sale, Le Mans, Sarthe, Pays-de-la-Loire

Beautifully and sympathetically restored, this superb south facing Chateau is set within 22 hectares of magnificent parkland with woodland, paddocks, tennis court, swimming pools and a pond. F...

REF: 235714
  • Plot Size: 220,000 square metres (22.00 hectares / 54.36 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 12
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9 bedroom villa for sale, Grimaud, French Riviera

9 bedroom villa for sale, Grimaud, French Riviera
16,000,000 EUR

9 bedroom villa for sale, Grimaud, French Riviera

Exclusive and prestigious 9 bedroom property, which is ideally situated right in the heart of a prestigious closed and secure domain in Grimaud, out of sight yet not far from the beaches and a golf co...

REF: 235661
  • Floor Size: 750 square metres
  • Plot Size: 10,757 square metres (1.08 hectares / 2.66 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 9
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6 bedroom villa for sale, Tourrettes, Var, Cote d'Azur French Riviera

6 bedroom villa for sale, Tourrettes, Var, Cote d
5,950,000 EUR

6 bedroom villa for sale, Tourrettes, Var, Cote d'Azur French Riviera

Beautifully presented 6 bedroom villa, which is ideally situated within the exclusive, highly sought after, secure and prestigious private estate of Terre Blanche, on the edge of the golf course and o...

REF: 235591
  • Floor Size: 406 square metres
  • Plot Size: 4,000 square metres (0.40 hectares / 0.99 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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