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, Le Cannet, Cannes, French Riviera

4 bedroom villa for sale, Le Cannet, Cannes, French Riviera
2,450,000 EUR

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

Surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens and terraces, is this luxurious 4 bedroom villa with infinity pool, enjoying spectacular sea views from its idyllic and prestigious location near the beach a...

REF: 225952
  • Floor Size: 183 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,207 square metres (0.12 hectares / 0.30 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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5 bedroom villa for sale, Villefranche sur Mer, Villefranche, French Riviera

5 bedroom villa for sale, Villefranche sur Mer, Villefranche, French Riviera
4,560,000 EUR

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

With stunning sea views, this superb 5 bedroom villa is ideally situated within a unique position in Villefranche sur Mer. Built on a plot of 1,800m2. with garden of 500m2, heated infinity swim...

REF: 225873
  • Floor Size: 381 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, Roquebrune Cap Martin, French Riviera

5 bedroom villa for sale, Roquebrune Cap Martin, French Riviera
12,900,000 EUR

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

Magnificent contemporary 5 bedroom villa with stunning sea views, situated in a quiet elevated setting in Roquebrune Cap Martin, on the headland of a private domain overlooking the Mediterranean sea. ...

REF: 225824
  • Floor Size: 350 square metres
  • Plot Size: 2,180 square metres (0.22 hectares / 0.54 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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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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7 bedroom villa for sale, Sainte Maxime, French Riviera

7 bedroom villa for sale, Sainte Maxime, French Riviera
2,850,000 EUR

7 bedroom villa for sale, Sainte Maxime, French Riviera

Fabulous 7 bedroom villa offering a taste of paradise in the south of France, just a few minutes from the beach and the heart of Sainte Maxime with fabulous view over the Bay of Saint Tropez. A...

REF: 224472
  • Floor Size: 285 square metres
  • Plot Size: 2,700 square metres (0.27 hectares / 0.67 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 7
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6 bedroom villa for sale, Sainte Maxime, French Riviera

6 bedroom villa for sale, Sainte Maxime, French Riviera
2,290,000 EUR

6 bedroom villa for sale, Sainte Maxime, French Riviera

A bright and spacious character villa in Sainte Maxime, just 300m from the beautiful beaches of Nartelle (La Voile, le Prao, le Wyc, Mario Plage.... ) This impressive and versatile 6 bedroom ...

REF: 224470
  • Floor Size: 200 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,150 square metres (0.12 hectares / 0.28 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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6 bedroom villa for sale, Grimaud, French Riviera

6 bedroom villa for sale, Grimaud, French Riviera
5,400,000 EUR

6 bedroom villa for sale, Grimaud, French Riviera

Immaculate presented 6 bedroom villa, with a total spacious living area of 355m2, ideally located right in the heart of a closed and preserved estate in Grimaud, not far from the beaches and a golf co...

REF: 224101
  • Floor Size: 355 square metres
  • Plot Size: 3,000 square metres (0.30 hectares / 0.74 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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4 bedroom villa for sale, Sainte Maxime, French Riviera

4 bedroom villa for sale, Sainte Maxime, French Riviera
5,600,000 EUR

4 bedroom villa for sale, Sainte Maxime, French Riviera

Modern and spacious 4 bedroom villa, ideally situated in a quiet dominant position within a manicured landscaped plot of 995m2, with an infinity swimming pool and stunning panoramic sea views over the...

REF: 224099
  • Floor Size: 278 square metres
  • Plot Size: 995 square metres (0.10 hectares / 0.25 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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5 bedroom villa for sale, Mougins, French Riviera

5 bedroom villa for sale, Mougins, French Riviera
2,995,000 EUR

5 bedroom villa for sale, Mougins, French Riviera

Set in over 5.5 acres of glorious land is this magnificent 3 bedroom villa with expansive infinity pool and separate 2 bedroom villa enjoying panoramic views of the Golf de Mougins from its peaceful l...

REF: 224082
  • Floor Size: 373 square metres
  • Plot Size: 22,316 square metres (2.23 hectares / 5.51 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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