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, Sainte Maxime, French Riviera

4 bedroom villa for sale, Sainte Maxime, French Riviera
1,750,000 EUR

4 bedroom villa for sale, Sainte Maxime, French Riviera

Marvellous 4 bedroom villa nestling in half an acre of glorious landscaped gardens with expansive infinity pool, while enjoying breathtaking panoramic sea views from its privileged location near the b...

REF: 232102
  • Floor Size: 150 square metres
  • Plot Size: 2,100 square metres (0.21 hectares / 0.52 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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5 bedroom villa for sale, Vence, Alpes-Maritimes, French Riviera

5 bedroom villa for sale, Vence, Alpes-Maritimes, French Riviera
2,290,000 EUR

5 bedroom villa for sale, Vence, Alpes-Maritimes, French Riviera

Beautifully presented throughout and built using top quality materials, this superb 5 bedroom villa is set within a mature elevated landscaped plot of 4,306m2 with Mediterranean plants, infinity swimm...

REF: 232093
  • Floor Size: 374 square metres
  • Plot Size: 4,306 square metres (0.43 hectares / 1.06 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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3 bedroom house for sale, Castetbon, Pyrenees-Atlantique, Gascony

3 bedroom house for sale, Castetbon, Pyrenees-Atlantique, Gascony
577,500 EUR

3 bedroom house for sale, Castetbon, Pyrenees-Atlantique, Gascony

Nestling in 1.6 acres of glorious landscaped gardens and woodland with stunning infinity pool, is this charming 3 bedroom, fully renovated 19th Century country house with separate 2 bedroom cottage, e...

REF: 232078
  • Floor Size: 307 square metres
  • Plot Size: 6,500 square metres (0.65 hectares / 1.61 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 3
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6 bedroom house for sale, Chateauneuf, Grasse, French Riviera

6 bedroom house for sale, Chateauneuf, Grasse, French Riviera
9,975,000 EUR

6 bedroom house for sale, Chateauneuf, Grasse, French Riviera

With a sumptuous blend of Provencal character with impressive architecture and modern comfort, this simply stunning and captivating bastide is ideally situated within a quiet and peaceful setting on t...

REF: 231909
  • Floor Size: 577 square metres
  • Plot Size: 10,000 square metres (1.00 hectares / 2.47 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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4 bedroom villa for sale, Tourettes sur Loup, Mougins, French Riviera

4 bedroom villa for sale, Tourettes sur Loup, Mougins, French Riviera
2,350,000 EUR

4 bedroom villa for sale, Tourettes sur Loup, Mougins, French Riviera

Modern and spacious newly built 4 bedroom villa, with a total living area of 205m2, set within a large mature manicured plot with a swimming pool, Jacuzzi and spectacular far reaching views. S...

REF: 231889
  • Floor Size: 205 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,450 square metres (0.15 hectares / 0.36 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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4 bedroom villa for sale, Eze, Eze Cap d'Ail, French Riviera

4 bedroom villa for sale, Eze, Eze Cap d
3,100,000 EUR

4 bedroom villa for sale, Eze, Eze Cap d'Ail, French Riviera

Modern and spacious 3 bedroom home, with a total living area of 210m2, set within an easy to maintain plot of 350m2 with an infinity swimming pool and stunning panoramic sea views. Located in a...

REF: 231858
  • Floor Size: 210 square metres
  • Plot Size: 350 square metres (0.04 hectares / 0.09 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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7 bedroom villa for sale, Les Issambres, Sainte Maxime, French Riviera

7 bedroom villa for sale, Les Issambres, Sainte Maxime, French Riviera
3,600,000 EUR

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

Bright, modern and spacious 7 bedroom villa, with simply stunning panoramic sea views, ideally situated in a quiet and dominant setting right in the heart of Les Issambres. Newly built and with...

REF: 231825
  • Floor Size: 328 square metres
  • Plot Size: 2,140 square metres (0.21 hectares / 0.53 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 7
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6 bedroom house for sale, Langon, Gironde, Gascony

6 bedroom house for sale, Langon, Gironde, Gascony
970,000 EUR

6 bedroom house for sale, Langon, Gironde, Gascony

Unique opportunity to acquire a glorious 5 bedroom riverside property, nestling in over half an acre of beautiful landscaped gardens with wonderful infinity pool, Jacuzzi and separate one bedroom watc...

REF: 231787
  • Floor Size: 400 square metres
  • Plot Size: 2,495 square metres (0.25 hectares / 0.62 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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4 bedroom villa for sale, La Croix Valmer, Var, French Riviera

4 bedroom villa for sale, La Croix Valmer, Var, French Riviera
2,290,000 EUR

4 bedroom villa for sale, La Croix Valmer, Var, French Riviera

Superb 4 bedroom home,which is ideally situated right in the heart of a secure domain within a quiet and preserved setting in La Croix Valmer. Entirely refurbished in 2017 using high quality ma...

REF: 231753
  • Floor Size: 200 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,250 square metres (0.13 hectares / 0.31 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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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
950,000 EUR

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

Spacious 4 bedroom villa, with a total living area of 275m2, set within a large enclosed plot of 2,080m2 with an infinity swimming pool, summer kitchen, covered terrace with a barbecue and stunning pa...

REF: 231738
  • Floor Size: 275 square metres
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  • Bedrooms: 6
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