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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6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Gontaud de Nogaret, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine

6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Gontaud de Nogaret, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine
1,590,000 EUR

6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Gontaud de Nogaret, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine

A most attractive and impressive character property in the Bastide area of the Lot and Garonne department, dating back to the Seventeenth Century, having been renovated and restored over the last deca...

REF: 225563
  • Floor Size: 691 square metres
  • Bedrooms: 6
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4 bedroom villa for sale, Beausoleil, Alpes-Maritimes, French Riviera

4 bedroom villa for sale, Beausoleil, Alpes-Maritimes, French Riviera
5,250,000 EUR

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

A stylish modern villa close to Monaco with spectacular panoramic views over the Principality and Cap Martin, set in landscaped gardens with an impressive infinity pool. Built in the 1990's, ...

REF: 225460
  • Floor Size: 172 square metres
  • Plot Size: 2,649 square metres (0.26 hectares / 0.65 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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5 bedroom villa for sale, Sainte Maxime, French Riviera

5 bedroom villa for sale, Sainte Maxime, French Riviera
5,350,000 EUR

5 bedroom villa for sale, Sainte Maxime, French Riviera

Ideally situated in a dominant position within a beautifully landscaped garden of 2,605m2 with a swimming pool and stunning sea views all the way to Saint-Tropez and the Esterel mountain range.

REF: 225452
  • Floor Size: 400 square metres
  • Plot Size: 2,605 square metres (0.26 hectares / 0.64 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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6 bedroom villa for sale, Golfe Juan, Antibes Juan les Pins, French Riviera

6 bedroom villa for sale, Golfe Juan, Antibes Juan les Pins, French Riviera
3,780,000 EUR

6 bedroom villa for sale, Golfe Juan, Antibes Juan les Pins, French Riviera

Charming 4 bedroom villa with a total living area of 300m2, plus a 4 room detached house, set within beautiful elevated and landscaped gardens of 5,918m2 with an infinity swimming pool, petanque field...

REF: 225390
  • Floor Size: 320 square metres
  • Plot Size: 5,918 square metres (0.59 hectares / 1.46 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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2 bedroom apartment for sale, Cap d'Antibes, Antibes Juan les Pins, French Riviera

2 bedroom apartment for sale, Cap d
1,250,000 EUR

2 bedroom apartment for sale, Cap d'Antibes, Antibes Juan les Pins, French Riviera

Magnificent 1st floor, 2 bedroom apartment, with a total bright and spacious living area of 93m2, ideally situated in the heart of a luxury residence located on the Cap d'Antibes. Features incl...

REF: 225381
  • Floor Size: 93 square metres
  • Bedrooms: 2
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5 bedroom villa for sale, Super Cannes, Cannes, French Riviera

5 bedroom villa for sale, Super Cannes, Cannes, French Riviera
7,900,000 EUR

5 bedroom villa for sale, Super Cannes, Cannes, French Riviera

Modern, spacious and recently built 5 bedroom villa, ideally situated in a quiet and highly sought after area on the heights of Super Cannes, right on the edge of a listed natural park and with stunni...

REF: 225363
  • Bedrooms: 5
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4 bedroom villa for sale, Sainte Maxime, French Riviera

4 bedroom villa for sale, Sainte Maxime, French Riviera
1,525,000 EUR

4 bedroom villa for sale, Sainte Maxime, French Riviera

A light and airy 4 bedroom villa in Sainte-Maxime, within walking distance of the beach and the centre of the town, with panoramic sea views. This tastefully renovated property of 126m2 is c...

REF: 225300
  • Floor Size: 126 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,300 square metres (0.13 hectares / 0.32 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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6 bedroom villa for sale, Mougins, French Riviera

6 bedroom villa for sale, Mougins, French Riviera
5,500,000 EUR

6 bedroom villa for sale, Mougins, French Riviera

Stunning and beautifully presented 6 bedroom home, ideally situated close to Mougins International School, right in the heart of a prestigious estate, within a large south facing plot of 32,000m2 with...

REF: 225299
  • Floor Size: 784 square metres
  • Plot Size: 32,000 square metres (3.20 hectares / 7.91 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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40 bedroom French chateau for sale, Sarlat la Caneda, Dordogne, Aquitaine

40 bedroom French chateau for sale, Sarlat la Caneda, Dordogne, Aquitaine
7,500,000 EUR

40 bedroom French chateau for sale, Sarlat la Caneda, Dordogne, Aquitaine

A beautiful and elegant Nineteenth Century chateau in the sought-after area of Sarlat in Dordogne's Golden Triangle, with panoramic views over the river and multiple income streams already in place.<...

REF: 225292
  • Floor Size: 5,100 square metres
  • Plot Size: 330,000 square metres (33.00 hectares / 81.55 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 40
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5 bedroom villa for sale, Cannes, French Riviera

5 bedroom villa for sale, Cannes, French Riviera
12,000,000 EUR

5 bedroom villa for sale, Cannes, French Riviera

Ideally nestled in a quiet setting right in the heart of the famous Domaine de Super Cannes, and with enchanting sea views, this sumptuous new contemporary villa of approximately 600m2, is set within ...

REF: 225296
  • Floor Size: 600 square metres
  • Plot Size: 2,500 square metres (0.25 hectares / 0.62 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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