French Vineyard Properties
French Vineyard Properties

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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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IMPORTANT - Disclaimer :
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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6 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Pertuis, Vaucluse, Luberon

6 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Pertuis, Vaucluse, Luberon
1,395,000 EUR

6 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Pertuis, Vaucluse, Luberon

Beautifully restored stone built farmhouse located in Pertuis, just 20 minutes from Aix en Provence, with its origins dating back to the 17th Century with a total living area of 380m2, consisting of ...

REF: 215463
  • Floor Size: 380 square metres
  • Plot Size: 15,000 square metres (1.50 hectares / 3.71 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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7 bedroom manor house for sale, Cadillac, Gironde, Aquitaine

7 bedroom manor house for sale, Cadillac, Gironde, Aquitaine
1,393,900 EUR

7 bedroom manor house for sale, Cadillac, Gironde, Aquitaine

Grand and spacious 19th Century mansion, ideally located in a quiet setting in Cadillac, within the Bordeaux region, set within a private park or 5,680m2 with swimming pool, caretakers cottage and lov...

REF: 223238
  • Floor Size: 450 square metres
  • Plot Size: 5,680 square metres (0.57 hectares / 1.40 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 7
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9 bedroom French chateau for sale, Angouleme, Charente, Poitou-Charentes

9 bedroom French chateau for sale, Angouleme, Charente, Poitou-Charentes
1,160,000 EUR

9 bedroom French chateau for sale, Angouleme, Charente, Poitou-Charentes

Magnificent French Chateau, which is full of character and charm, with a vast total living area of 710m2, which includes 9 bedrooms, ideally situated within a wonderful countryside setting on top of a...

REF: 215884
  • Floor Size: 710 square metres
  • Plot Size: 45,000 square metres (4.50 hectares / 11.12 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 9
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17 bedroom house for sale, Barbezieux Saint Hilaire, Charente, Poitou-Charentes

17 bedroom house for sale, Barbezieux Saint Hilaire, Charente, Poitou-Charentes
1,155,000 EUR

17 bedroom house for sale, Barbezieux Saint Hilaire, Charente, Poitou-Charentes

Impeccably presented 17 Century estate, which includes 5 superb chambres d'hotes, 4 luxurious gites, heated swimming pool and extensive grounds of 1,256m2. With its origins dating from 1712, th...

REF: 225529
  • Plot Size: 11,256 square metres (1.13 hectares / 2.78 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 17
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6 bedroom house for sale, Journiac, Dordogne, Aquitaine

6 bedroom house for sale, Journiac, Dordogne, Aquitaine
1,095,000 EUR

6 bedroom house for sale, Journiac, Dordogne, Aquitaine

Impressive 5 Bedroom country residence close to Monsegur, surrounded by vineyards and with extensive panoramic views. Located at the end of a long lane, this house was tastefully renovated in...

REF: 222518
  • Bedrooms: 6
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2 bedroom villa for sale, Carcassonne, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon

2 bedroom villa for sale, Carcassonne, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon
1,025,000 EUR

2 bedroom villa for sale, Carcassonne, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon

Excellent investment opportunity situated in the Carcassonne area, with a vineyard and camping site with 12 spaces, restaurant with a large terrace, modern sanitary facilities, 2 bedroom house and par...

REF: 217178
  • Floor Size: 180 square metres
  • Plot Size: 371,254 square metres (37.13 hectares / 91.74 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 2
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4 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Fayence, Var, Cote d'Azur French Riviera

4 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Fayence, Var, Cote d
950,000 EUR

4 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Fayence, Var, Cote d'Azur French Riviera

On a magnificent 1.5 hectare plot with vines, olive trees and roses, an old mas with about 250m2 of living space, featuring, on the ground floor: glazed room, entrance hall, kitchen, dining room and l...

REF: 161345
  • Floor Size: 250 square metres
  • Plot Size: 15,000 square metres (1.50 hectares / 3.71 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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10 bedroom French chateau for sale, Cadillac, Gironde, Aquitaine

10 bedroom French chateau for sale, Cadillac, Gironde, Aquitaine
913,500 EUR

10 bedroom French chateau for sale, Cadillac, Gironde, Aquitaine

Charming and historic 17th Century stone built French Chateau, ideally situated within a quiet setting close to Cadillac. Built in 1697 and in need of updating, this spacious Chateau has 30 pl...

REF: 222832
  • Floor Size: 1,800 square metres
  • Plot Size: 20,000 square metres (2.00 hectares / 4.94 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 10
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11 bedroom manor house for sale, Beziers, Herault, Languedoc-Roussillon

11 bedroom manor house for sale, Beziers, Herault, Languedoc-Roussillon
895,000 EUR

11 bedroom manor house for sale, Beziers, Herault, Languedoc-Roussillon

Superb estate with an entirely and beautifully restored 19th Maison de Maitre, 4 bedroom independent house, outbuilding, swimming pool, 1.7 hectares of land, which includes a 1.4 hectare vineyard and...

REF: 206868
  • Floor Size: 475 square metres
  • Plot Size: 17,433 square metres (1.74 hectares / 4.31 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 11
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5 bedroom house for sale, Cucuron, Vaucluse, Luberon

5 bedroom house for sale, Cucuron, Vaucluse, Luberon
865,000 EUR

5 bedroom house for sale, Cucuron, Vaucluse, Luberon

Superb country house located in a quiet setting near the village of Cucuron and close to Lourmarin, enjoying an idyllic environment and with stunning far reaching countryside views. With 2 dwel...

REF: 219078
  • Floor Size: 235 square metres
  • Plot Size: 56,000 square metres (5.60 hectares / 13.84 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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