Le Mans Property
Le Mans Property

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Le Mans Property

Le Mans, long famous for its 24 hour motor race, has charm and an excitement all of its own for those looking for property. Its historic 13th century cathedral sits in the old town, which overlooks the modern-day centre and is a haven of peace and medieval buildings.

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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Beautiful French Chateau for Sale near Le Mans with 42 acres and Income Potential

Beautiful French Chateau for Sale near Le Mans with 42 acres and Income Potential
1,572,000 EUR
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Beautiful French Chateau for Sale near Le Mans with 42 acres and Income Potential

PRICE REDUCED - Fabulous lifestyle and income opportunity with this beautiful moated French chateau dating back to the Seventeenth Century, set in over 40 acres of private land, with gites, and outbui...

REF: 218337
  • Plot Size: 170,000 square metres (17.00 hectares / 42.01 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 16
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5 bedroom manor house for sale, Le Mans, Sarthe, Pays-de-la-Loire

5 bedroom manor house for sale, Le Mans, Sarthe, Pays-de-la-Loire
585,000 EUR

5 bedroom manor house for sale, Le Mans, Sarthe, Pays-de-la-Loire

This well presented, most elegant, period property dates back to 1791 and given the extent and layout it would be suitable to be run as a B&B, small hotel or gites business. In a peaceful area ...

REF: 207972
  • Plot Size: 18,826 square metres (1.88 hectares / 4.65 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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7 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Le Mans, Sarthe, Pays-de-la-Loire

7 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Le Mans, Sarthe, Pays-de-la-Loire
449,400 EUR

7 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Le Mans, Sarthe, Pays-de-la-Loire

Superb 7 bedroom family home which is neatly tucked out of the way in almost the middle of its 18.9 hectare plot, located just a short 20 minute drive from Le Mans and only 3km to local amenities. The...

REF: 199952
  • Floor Size: 300 square metres
  • Plot Size: 190,000 square metres (19.00 hectares / 46.95 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 7
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3 bedroom house for sale, Le Mans, Sarthe, Pays-de-la-Loire

3 bedroom house for sale, Le Mans, Sarthe, Pays-de-la-Loire
374,500 EUR

3 bedroom house for sale, Le Mans, Sarthe, Pays-de-la-Loire

Well presented and traditional Mancelle house, which was once home to the Monks of the cathedral and the entrance to the underground passageway, which is still there, in what is now a wine cellar belo...

REF: 198805
  • Floor Size: 135 square metres
  • Bedrooms: 3
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4 bedroom house for sale, Le Mans, Sarthe, Pays-de-la-Loire

4 bedroom house for sale, Le Mans, Sarthe, Pays-de-la-Loire
555,000 EUR
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4 bedroom house for sale, Le Mans, Sarthe, Pays-de-la-Loire

PRICE REDUCED - Superb period stone built selection of properties that are steeped in character, which include the main house and 2 separate guest properties; indoor pool and sauna; enclosed grounds o...

REF: 179794
  • Plot Size: 11,000 square metres (1.10 hectares / 2.72 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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