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, Grimaud, French Riviera
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Luxurious and modern 4 bedroom villa with simply stunning sea views, ideally situated on a peak of a completely preserved hill within a small exclusive domain with just 5 prestigious villas. So...

REF: 235484
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  • Plot Size: 2,545 square metres (0.25 hectares / 0.63 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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5 bedroom villa for sale, Beauvallon Golf, Grimaud, French Riviera

5 bedroom villa for sale, Beauvallon Golf, Grimaud, French Riviera
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Immaculately presented 5 bedroom villa, which has been built using quality materials throughout, ideally situated within a prestigious gated and secure domain of Beauvallon Bartole, set within a matur...

REF: 235445
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2 bedroom villa for sale, Tourrettes, Var, Cote d'Azur French Riviera

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2,990,000 EUR

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Beautifully presented and with a tastefully decorated total living area of 209m2, this superb 2 bedroom villa is ideally situated in a quiet setting right in the heart of a very exclusive closed and s...

REF: 235209
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  • Bedrooms: 2
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5 bedroom apartment for sale, Californie, Cannes, French Riviera

5 bedroom apartment for sale, Californie, Cannes, French Riviera
8,980,000 EUR

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Superb and immaculately presented 5 bedroom apartment, ideally situated within an exclusive residential development in the Californie area of Cannes, with a large 135m2 terrace with stunning sea, Leri...

REF: 235152
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  • 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
3,950,000 EUR

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

Superb 6 bedroom villa, with a total spacious living area of 360m2, set within a mature landscaped plot of 3,207m2 with an infinity swimming pool and simply stunning sea views. Features include...

REF: 235071
  • Floor Size: 360 square metres
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  • Bedrooms: 6
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5 bedroom villa for sale, Golfe Juan, Antibes Juan les Pins, French Riviera

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

Grand and spacious 5 bedroom villa, ideally situated within a quiet and peaceful setting on the heights of Golfe Juan, on a large elevated plot of 3,000m2 with a sumptuous infinity swimming pool, land...

REF: 235009
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  • Bedrooms: 5
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5 bedroom penthouse for sale, Antibes, Antibes Juan les Pins, French Riviera

5 bedroom penthouse for sale, Antibes, Antibes Juan les Pins, French Riviera
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10 bedroom villa for sale, Cap d'Ail, Eze Cap d'Ail, French Riviera

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

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REF: 234699
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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
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4 bedroom villa for sale, La Croix Valmer, Var, French Riviera

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REF: 234600
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  • Plot Size: 6,800 square metres (0.68 hectares / 1.68 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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5 bedroom villa for sale, Beauvallon, Grimaud, French Riviera

5 bedroom villa for sale, Beauvallon, Grimaud, French Riviera
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REF: 234305
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