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, Mougins Royal Golf, Mougins, French Riviera

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

5 bedroom villa for sale, Mougins Royal Golf, Mougins, French Riviera

Magnificent 5 bedroom villa, with a total spacious living area of 250m2, set within a large and mature 3.5 hectare plot with a beautiful pool area, situated within a private domain with just 4 villas ...

REF: 230043
  • Floor Size: 250 square metres
  • Plot Size: 350,000 square metres (35.00 hectares / 86.49 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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5 bedroom villa for sale, Les Issambres, Sainte Maxime, French Riviera

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

Newly built modern and spacious 5 bedroom villa, ideally situated in a quiet setting yet just 800m from the centre of Les Issambres, 400m from the beach and with stunning panoramic sea views. W...

REF: 229924
  • Floor Size: 265 square metres
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  • Bedrooms: 5
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4 bedroom villa for sale, Le Cannet, Cannes, French Riviera

4 bedroom villa for sale, Le Cannet, Cannes, French Riviera
3,950,000 EUR

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

Charming 4 bedroom Provencal style house, which is in perfect condition throughout, ideally situated right in the heart of one of the most highly sought after closed estates on the hill of Le Cannet, ...

REF: 229919
  • Floor Size: 305 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,482 square metres (0.15 hectares / 0.37 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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7 bedroom French chateau for sale, Eymet, Dordogne, Aquitaine

7 bedroom French chateau for sale, Eymet, Dordogne, Aquitaine
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Unique opportunity to acquire a beautifully restored 4 bedroom 17th century French Chateau and a separate 3 bedroom cottage with expansive pool and Jacuzzi, nestling in over 4 acres of glorious land n...

REF: 229761
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  • Plot Size: 16,390 square metres (1.64 hectares / 4.05 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 7
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3 bedroom villa for sale, Sainte Maxime, French Riviera

3 bedroom villa for sale, Sainte Maxime, French Riviera
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Exceptional 3 bedroom South facing villa with amazing infinity pool and beautiful landscaped gardens, enjoying panoramic sea views from its prestigious location near the beach and all amenities in...

REF: 229703
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  • Plot Size: 1,300 square metres (0.13 hectares / 0.32 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 3
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5 bedroom villa for sale, La Croisette, Cannes, French Riviera

5 bedroom villa for sale, La Croisette, Cannes, French Riviera
3,950,000 EUR

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Surrounded by half an acre of glorious landscaped gardens is this exceptional 5 bedroom villa with amazing infinity pool, enjoying breathtaking sea views from its South facing location in walking dist...

REF: 229635
  • Floor Size: 295 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,920 square metres (0.19 hectares / 0.47 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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5 bedroom villa for sale, Grimaud, French Riviera

5 bedroom villa for sale, Grimaud, French Riviera
2,100,000 EUR

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Nestling in over an acre of beautiful landscaped gardens, is this wonderful 5 bedroom villa with expansive infinity pool, tennis court and Jacuzzi, located in a peaceful and secure area near all ameni...

REF: 229544
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  • Plot Size: 5,419 square metres (0.54 hectares / 1.34 acres)
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4 bedroom villa for sale, Sainte Maxime, French Riviera

4 bedroom villa for sale, Sainte Maxime, French Riviera
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Nestling in 2.5 acres of glorious land is this stunning 4 bedroom villa with amazing infinity pool and Jacuzzi, enjoying panoramic sea views from its peaceful South facing location near all amenities ...

REF: 229411
  • Floor Size: 250 square metres
  • Plot Size: 10,000 square metres (1.00 hectares / 2.47 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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5 bedroom villa for sale, Cannes, French Riviera

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

5 bedroom villa for sale, Cannes, French Riviera

Surrounded by half an acre of glorious landscaped gardens is this exceptional 5 bedroom villa with amazing infinity pool and independent apartment, enjoying breathtaking sea views from its prestigious...

REF: 229382
  • Floor Size: 280 square metres
  • Plot Size: 2,065 square metres (0.21 hectares / 0.51 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
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4 bedroom villa for sale, Sainte Maxime, French Riviera

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