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

5 bedroom villa for sale, Villefranche sur Mer, Villefranche, French Riviera
7,950,000 EUR

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

Exceptional 3 storey, 5 bedroom luxurious architect designed villa nestling in beautiful landscaped gardens with amazing infinity pool, while enjoying breathtaking sea views from its elevated secure l...

REF: 236340
  • Floor Size: 319 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,617 square metres (0.16 hectares / 0.40 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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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
7,950,000 EUR

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

Stylish and spacious architect-designed villa in superb dominant location with outstanding panoramic views over the Mediterranean. This 319m2 property is located in a peaceful and secure resi...

REF: 236284
  • Floor Size: 319 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,617 square metres (0.16 hectares / 0.40 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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8 bedroom villa for sale, Cap d'Antibes, Antibes Juan les Pins, French Riviera

8 bedroom villa for sale, Cap d
6,940,000 EUR

8 bedroom villa for sale, Cap d'Antibes, Antibes Juan les Pins, French Riviera

Exceptional 3 bedroom luxurious villa with separate studio, 2 bedroom guest house and 2 bedroom cottage, set in beautiful landscaped gardens with amazing infinity pool and tennis court while enjoying ...

REF: 236193
  • Floor Size: 427 square metres
  • Bedrooms: 8
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5 bedroom house for sale, Grand Brassac, Dordogne, Dordogne, Aquitaine

5 bedroom house for sale, Grand Brassac, Dordogne, Dordogne, Aquitaine
424,000 EUR

5 bedroom house for sale, Grand Brassac, Dordogne, Dordogne, Aquitaine

Full of character and charm, this superb 4 bedroom stone built home, plus a 1 bedroom guest annex, is ideally situated within a quiet and private setting in Grand Brassac, on a plot of just under 1 he...

REF: 236154
  • Floor Size: 187 square metres
  • Plot Size: 9,902 square metres (0.99 hectares / 2.45 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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7 bedroom house for sale, Cimiez, Nice, French Riviera

7 bedroom house for sale, Cimiez, Nice, French Riviera
2,680,000 EUR

7 bedroom house for sale, Cimiez, Nice, French Riviera

Beautifully presented throughout, this exceptional 7 bedroom stone built property is ideally situated on a quiet street, yet right in the heart of Cimiez and close to Chagall museum. Set within...

REF: 236140
  • Floor Size: 370 square metres
  • Bedrooms: 7
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6 bedroom villa for sale, Cannes, French Riviera

6 bedroom villa for sale, Cannes, French Riviera
19,800,000 EUR

6 bedroom villa for sale, Cannes, French Riviera

Situated in a unique setting, this superb totally refurbished waterfront property has a total spacious living area of 300m2, which is set out over a single level. Entirely renovated and decorat...

REF: 236127
  • Floor Size: 300 square metres
  • Plot Size: 3,050 square metres (0.31 hectares / 0.75 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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7 bedroom villa for sale, Le Cannet, Cannes, French Riviera

7 bedroom villa for sale, Le Cannet, Cannes, French Riviera
6,300,000 EUR

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

Superb 7 bedroom mansion, which is ideally situated within on of the most residential areas of Le Cannet, close to the old village and all amenities. With a total living area of around 500m2, t...

REF: 236125
  • Floor Size: 500 square metres
  • Plot Size: 925 square metres (0.09 hectares / 0.23 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 7
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4 bedroom villa for sale, Les Adrets de l'Esterel, Var, French Riviera

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1,378,000 EUR

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Fantastic 4 bedroom contemporary and modern South facing villa with separate apartment, set in beautiful landscaped gardens with amazing infinity pool, while enjoying far reaching countryside views fr...

REF: 236060
  • Floor Size: 230 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,600 square metres (0.16 hectares / 0.40 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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5 bedroom villa for sale, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes

5 bedroom villa for sale, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes
1,800,000 EUR

5 bedroom villa for sale, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes

Modern, spacious and beautifully presented 5 bedroom villa, with a luxurious total living area of 246m2, set within an easy to maintain manicured plot of 1,000m2 with a private swimming pool. L...

REF: 236051
  • Floor Size: 246 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,000 square metres (0.10 hectares / 0.25 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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4 bedroom villa for sale, Mougins, French Riviera

4 bedroom villa for sale, Mougins, French Riviera
4,900,000 EUR

4 bedroom villa for sale, Mougins, French Riviera

Charming and spacious 4 bedroom stone built home, which is ideally situated in a quiet and private area right in the heart of one of the most desirable areas of Mougins. Set on a large mature p...

REF: 235974
  • Floor Size: 300 square metres
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