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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4 bedroom villa for sale, Rivedoux Plage, Charente-Maritime, Ile de Re

4 bedroom villa for sale, Rivedoux Plage, Charente-Maritime, Ile de Re
2,288,000 EUR

4 bedroom villa for sale, Rivedoux Plage, Charente-Maritime, Ile de Re

Delightful and spacious 4 bedroom villa with luxury accommodation in the sought-after town of Rivedoux Plage on the Ile de Re. Newly built and in an excellent location, this exceptional villa ...

REF: 232919
  • Floor Size: 220 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,000 square metres (0.10 hectares / 0.25 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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5 bedroom villa for sale, Super Cannes, Cannes, French Riviera

5 bedroom villa for sale, Super Cannes, Cannes, French Riviera
3,990,000 EUR

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

Contemporary 5 bedroom architect designed home, with a total spacious living area of 340m2, ideally situated within the prestigious and highly sought after Super Cannes area of Cannes. With ref...

REF: 232842
  • Floor Size: 340 square metres
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  • Bedrooms: 5
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7 bedroom villa for sale, Villefranche sur Mer, Villefranche, French Riviera

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

Magnificent and beautifully refurbished 7 bedroom home, with a total spacious living area of 265m2, set within a mature elevated plot of 2,137m2 with an infinity swimming pool and stunning far reachin...

REF: 232828
  • Floor Size: 265 square metres
  • Plot Size: 2,137 square metres (0.21 hectares / 0.53 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 7
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5 bedroom villa for sale, Le Cannet, Cannes, French Riviera

5 bedroom villa for sale, Le Cannet, Cannes, French Riviera
4,900,000 EUR

5 bedroom villa for sale, Le Cannet, Cannes, French Riviera

Superb modern and spacious 5 bedroom villa, ideally situated right in the heart of a gated domain in Le Cannet, with just 5 properties, with stunning views overlooking the bay of Cannes and the Estere...

REF: 232725
  • Floor Size: 260 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, Antibes, Antibes Juan les Pins, French Riviera

5 bedroom villa for sale, Antibes, Antibes Juan les Pins, French Riviera
2,550,000 EUR

5 bedroom villa for sale, Antibes, Antibes Juan les Pins, French Riviera

Modern 5 bedroom villa, with a total spacious and bright living area of 270m2, set within a large private plot of 1,513m2 with an infinity swimming pool and stunning panoramic sea views from Nice to C...

REF: 232699
  • Floor Size: 270 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,513 square metres (0.15 hectares / 0.37 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
4,400,000 EUR

5 bedroom villa for sale, Sainte Maxime, French Riviera

Enjoying uninterrupted sea views over Saint-Tropez from its idyllic South facing location near the beach and all amenities in the heart of the popular Semaphore area in Sainte-Maxime, is this modern a...

REF: 232698
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  • Plot Size: 1,377 square metres (0.14 hectares / 0.34 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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4 bedroom villa for sale, Sainte Maxime, French Riviera

4 bedroom villa for sale, Sainte Maxime, French Riviera
4,500,000 EUR

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Enjoying breathtaking sea views over Saint Tropez, is this exceptional, luxurious 4 bedroom villa with beautiful landscaped garden and fantastic infinity pool, located in a prestigious and private are...

REF: 232696
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7 bedroom villa for sale, Sainte Maxime, French Riviera

7 bedroom villa for sale, Sainte Maxime, French Riviera
5,500,000 EUR

7 bedroom villa for sale, Sainte Maxime, French Riviera

Superb luxury villa in a chic yet traditional Provencal style, set within a private domain close to the beach and the centre of Sainte-Maxime. The exceptional property has been entirely renova...

REF: 232612
  • Floor Size: 250 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,300 square metres (0.13 hectares / 0.32 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 7
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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
4,095,000 EUR

4 bedroom villa for sale, Les Issambres, Sainte Maxime, French Riviera

Outstanding new 4 bedroom architect's designed modern, luxurious villa with glorious landscaped garden and amazing infinity pool, enjoying breathtaking sea views from its prestigious location near...

REF: 232510
  • Floor Size: 380 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,060 square metres (0.11 hectares / 0.26 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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4 bedroom villa for sale, Les Hauts de Sain Paul, La Colle Sur Loup, Alpes-Maritimes, French Riviera

4 bedroom villa for sale, Les Hauts de Sain Paul, La Colle Sur Loup, Alpes-Maritimes, French Riviera
3,750,000 EUR

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Full of character and charm and in total peace and quiet, this superb 4 bedroom Provencal style villa is ideally situated within a prestigious area in Les Hauts de St. Paul, close to La Colle Sur Loup...

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