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

8 bedroom villa for sale, Le Cannet, Cannes, French Riviera
17,000,000 EUR

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

Magnificent newly built 7 bedroom villa and guest/staff apartment, with a vast total living area of 790m2, ideally situated within a dominant position with exceptional views towards the bay of Cannes ...

REF: 226916
  • Floor Size: 790 square metres
  • Plot Size: 3,200 square metres (0.32 hectares / 0.79 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 8
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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 and modern 5 bedroom villa and separate guest apartment, ideally situated within a quiet area in Tourrettes, yet not far from the village and shopping, just 5 minutes from the well known Terr...

REF: 226857
  • Floor Size: 275 square metres
  • Plot Size: 2,049 square metres (0.20 hectares / 0.51 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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5 bedroom villa for sale, Sainte Maxime, French Riviera

5 bedroom villa for sale, Sainte Maxime, French Riviera
4,150,000 EUR

5 bedroom villa for sale, Sainte Maxime, French Riviera

Excellent opportunity to purchase a luxurious 5 bedroom villa, which is ideally situated right in the heart of a prestigious estate with just 6 new villas with private swimming pools and landscaped ga...

REF: 226642
  • Floor Size: 313 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,471 square metres (0.15 hectares / 0.36 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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3 bedroom villa for sale, Montauroux, Var, Cote d'Azur French Riviera

3 bedroom villa for sale, Montauroux, Var, Cote d
750,000 EUR

3 bedroom villa for sale, Montauroux, Var, Cote d'Azur French Riviera

Charming 3 bedroom Provencal style villa, ideally situated within a quiet residential area in Montauroux, with around 150m2 of living area and set on a large mature plot of 2,968m2 with a swimming poo...

REF: 226625
  • Floor Size: 150 square metres
  • Plot Size: 2,968 square metres (0.30 hectares / 0.73 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 3
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4 bedroom villa for sale, Mougins, French Riviera

4 bedroom villa for sale, Mougins, French Riviera
3,490,000 EUR

4 bedroom villa for sale, Mougins, French Riviera

Full of character and charm and beautifully presented throughout, this superb 4 bedroom villa is ideally situated within one of the most beautiful areas of Mougins, in absolute calm whilst still being...

REF: 226317
  • Floor Size: 360 square metres
  • Bedrooms: 4
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4 bedroom villa for sale, Nice, French Riviera

4 bedroom villa for sale, Nice, French Riviera
2,100,000 EUR

4 bedroom villa for sale, Nice, French Riviera

Modern and spacious newly built 4 bedroom villa, set on an elevated plot with an infinity swimming pool and magnificent panoramic views towards the sea. Features include: large double living/d...

REF: 226170
  • Floor Size: 200 square metres
  • Bedrooms: 4
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8 bedroom villa for sale, La Croisette, Cannes, French Riviera

8 bedroom villa for sale, La Croisette, Cannes, French Riviera
7,950,000 EUR

8 bedroom villa for sale, La Croisette, Cannes, French Riviera

Immaculate and spacious 8 bedroom villa, with a total living area of 580m2, ideally situated in a quiet setting in the immediate vicinity of the Croisette and its beaches and close to Cannes, set with...

REF: 226169
  • Floor Size: 580 square metres
  • Plot Size: 4,500 square metres (0.45 hectares / 1.11 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 8
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5 bedroom villa for sale, Veyrier du Lac, Haute-Savoie, Lake Annecy

5 bedroom villa for sale, Veyrier du Lac, Haute-Savoie, Lake Annecy
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5 bedroom villa for sale, Veyrier du Lac, Haute-Savoie, Lake Annecy

Simply stunning 5 bedroom modern and spacious home, with a total luxurious living area of 440m2, set within beautifully landscaped gardens of 4,300m2 with an infinity swimming pool and stunning lake v...

REF: 226162
  • Floor Size: 440 square metres
  • Plot Size: 4,300 square metres (0.43 hectares / 1.06 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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6 bedroom villa for sale, Grimaud, French Riviera

6 bedroom villa for sale, Grimaud, French Riviera
2,900,000 EUR

6 bedroom villa for sale, Grimaud, French Riviera

Fabulous and spacious 6 bedroom villa in an enviable location in Beauvallon, in a peaceful situation next to the beach and the golf course with magnificent views of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez. T...

REF: 226136
  • Floor Size: 300 square metres
  • Plot Size: 3,000 square metres (0.30 hectares / 0.74 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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5 bedroom villa for sale, Montauroux, Var, Cote d'Azur French Riviera

5 bedroom villa for sale, Montauroux, Var, Cote d
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Spacious 5 bedroom villa with a total living area of 250m2, ideally situated in a dominant position on the heights of Montauroux, with stunning panoramic view. This traditional Provencal villa...

REF: 225959
  • Floor Size: 250 square metres
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  • Bedrooms: 5
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