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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3 bedroom villa for sale, Sainte Maxime, French Riviera

3 bedroom villa for sale, Sainte Maxime, French Riviera
1,680,000 EUR

3 bedroom villa for sale, Sainte Maxime, French Riviera

Bright, spacious and immaculately presented 3 bedroom villa, situated in a dominant setting in Sainte Maxime, with simply stunning panoramic sea views towards the Gulf of Saint Tropez. Feature...

REF: 222298
  • Floor Size: 180 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,800 square metres (0.18 hectares / 0.44 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 3
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4 bedroom villa for sale, Le Rouret, Alpes-Maritimes, French Riviera

4 bedroom villa for sale, Le Rouret, Alpes-Maritimes, French Riviera
1,895,000 EUR

4 bedroom villa for sale, Le Rouret, Alpes-Maritimes, French Riviera

Charming 4 bedroom stone built former farmhouse, ideally situated in a quiet setting in a highly sought-after area in Le Rouret, nestled within the greenery and surrounded by century-old olive trees.<...

REF: 222280
  • Floor Size: 240 square metres
  • Plot Size: 2,600 square metres (0.26 hectares / 0.64 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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4 bedroom villa for sale, Biot, Alpes-Maritimes, French Riviera

4 bedroom villa for sale, Biot, Alpes-Maritimes, French Riviera
1,200,000 EUR

4 bedroom villa for sale, Biot, Alpes-Maritimes, French Riviera

Bright, spacious and full of character and charm, this superb 4 bedroom villa is ideally located in a quiet dominant setting in Biot, within a large not overlooked plot of 5,300m2 with an infinity swi...

REF: 222153
  • Floor Size: 220 square metres
  • Plot Size: 5,300 square metres (0.53 hectares / 1.31 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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3 bedroom house for sale, Montayral, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine

3 bedroom house for sale, Montayral, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine
750,000 EUR

3 bedroom house for sale, Montayral, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine

Very attractive renovated 3 bedroom stone house with infinity pool, set in over a hectare of beautiful landscaped gardens and woodland, located near to all amenities. This exceptional property ...

REF: 222073
  • Bedrooms: 3
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5 bedroom villa for sale, Cagnes sur Mer, Alpes-Maritimes, French Riviera

5 bedroom villa for sale, Cagnes sur Mer, Alpes-Maritimes, French Riviera
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5 bedroom villa for sale, Cagnes sur Mer, Alpes-Maritimes, French Riviera

Superb, modern and spacious 3 bedroom villa plus 2 independent apartments, with a total living area of 280m2, set in a mature landscaped garden with an infinity swimming pool, ideally located in a qui...

REF: 222060
  • Floor Size: 280 square metres
  • Plot Size: 2,500 square metres (0.25 hectares / 0.62 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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5 bedroom villa for sale, Sainte Maxime, French Riviera

5 bedroom villa for sale, Sainte Maxime, French Riviera
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5 bedroom villa for sale, Sainte Maxime, French Riviera

Exceptional 5 bedroom south facing villa with infinity pool nestling in beautiful landscaped gardens, enjoying panoramic sea views over the Gulf of Saint-Tropez, located close to the beach and all ame...

REF: 222018
  • Floor Size: 280 square metres
  • Plot Size: 2,700 square metres (0.27 hectares / 0.67 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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4 bedroom villa for sale, Villefranche sur Mer, Villefranche, French Riviera

4 bedroom villa for sale, Villefranche sur Mer, Villefranche, French Riviera
5,900,000 EUR

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

A very impressive modern and stylish villa in a private secured domain with fabulous panoramic views over the bay of Villefranche-sur-Mer and the peninsula of Cap Ferrat. The property comes wit...

REF: 222000
  • Floor Size: 260 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,685 square metres (0.17 hectares / 0.42 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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6 bedroom villa for sale, Californie, Cannes, French Riviera

6 bedroom villa for sale, Californie, Cannes, French Riviera
12,900,000 EUR

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

Outstanding Art-Deco property in the Californie area of Cannes - with panoramic sea views and an enviable location. The spacious 6 bedroom villa is found in a dominant position in the heart...

REF: 221996
  • Floor Size: 600 square metres
  • Plot Size: 2,812 square metres (0.28 hectares / 0.69 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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5 bedroom villa for sale, Saint Laurent, Eze, Eze Cap d'Ail, French Riviera

5 bedroom villa for sale, Saint Laurent, Eze, Eze Cap d
3,500,000 EUR

5 bedroom villa for sale, Saint Laurent, Eze, Eze Cap d'Ail, French Riviera

An impressive and spacious villa with sea views for sale in a dominant situation in Eze, within an ultra-secure private domain with 24-hour security, less than 10 minutes from Monaco and 20 minutes f...

REF: 221965
  • Floor Size: 330 square metres
  • Plot Size: 2,717 square metres (0.27 hectares / 0.67 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
1,650,000 EUR

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

A bright and spacious contemporary villa with infinity swimming pool in the Gairaut area of Nice, with panoramic views of the sea and surrounding hills. The stylish property is situated in ...

REF: 221955
  • Floor Size: 270 square metres
  • Plot Size: 12,700 square metres (1.27 hectares / 3.14 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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