Located in the centre of Provence, the vast highlands and abundant amounts of exotic wildlife make the Luberon an attraction to many. Noted for its rustic medieval villages and picturesque landscapes, the Luberon is known to contain some of the prettiest villages in the whole of France, such as Gordes and Lourmarin.
There are many great attractions and activites available in the Luberon area, from sightseeing, hiking and wine-growing that make the Luberon such an exciting and popular area of Provence.
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.
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.
Beautiful and spacious 6 bedroom villa set in lush mature gardens, enjoying breathtaking views, located near to Gordes. This Neo Provencal property is close to the lovely and typical village of...
- Floor Size: 220 square metres
- Plot Size: 1,321 square metres (0.13 hectares / 0.33 acres)
- Bedrooms: 6
Beautiful 4 bedroom home set within stunning mature landscaped gardens of 15,000m2, with a swimming pool and magnificent trees including cedar trees, pine trees, fir trees, olive trees and various fru...
- Floor Size: 180 square metres
- Plot Size: 15,000 square metres (1.50 hectares / 3.71 acres)
- Bedrooms: 4
Full of character and charm, this beautiful stone built 4 bedroom home is ideally located in a quiet countryside setting, yet less than a 10 minute drive from the centre of Gordes. With variou...
- Floor Size: 248 square metres
- Plot Size: 25,600 square metres (2.56 hectares / 6.33 acres)
- Bedrooms: 4
Full of character and charm, this historic property, which dates from the 18th Century, has a vast total built area of 800m2 and is set within an extraordinary park of 80,149m2. With huge pote...
- Floor Size: 800 square metres
- Plot Size: 80,149 square metres (8.01 hectares / 19.81 acres)
- Bedrooms: 0
Full of character and charm, this superb 7 bedroom manor house has a total spacious living area of 450m2 and is set proudly within a mature landscaped 2 hectare plot with a swimming pool and stunning ...
- Floor Size: 450 square metres
- Plot Size: 20,000 square metres (2.00 hectares / 4.94 acres)
- Bedrooms: 7
Full of character and charm and set within a large 200,000m2 plot with vineyards, woods, olive trees, fields, truffle oaks, swimming pool and stunning panoramic views over the village and the surround...
- Floor Size: 500 square metres
- Plot Size: 200,000 square metres (20.00 hectares / 49.42 acres)
- Bedrooms: 9
Immaculate 5 bedroom stone built Provencal farmhouse, which has been entirely renovated, with its origins dating from the 18th Century, ideally situated in a quiet setting, yet close to the famous vil...
- Floor Size: 200 square metres
- Plot Size: 16,986 square metres (1.70 hectares / 4.20 acres)
- Bedrooms: 5
Charming and beautifully restored 4 bedroom stone built country house, with a total spacious living area of 350m2, situated in a quiet setting within a lovely landscaped garden of 10,500m2 with a swim...
- Floor Size: 350 square metres
- Plot Size: 10,500 square metres (1.05 hectares / 2.59 acres)
- Bedrooms: 4
Grand, spacious and immaculately refurbished, this 11 bedroom authentic mill is ideally located in a quiet setting close to Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. With its origins dating from the 17th Century, th...
- Floor Size: 875 square metres
- Plot Size: 120,000 square metres (12.00 hectares / 29.65 acres)
- Bedrooms: 11
Tastefully renovated single storey property in a quiet situation in Rognes with a swimming pool, 1 1/2 acres, and southerly aspect and further development potential. Fully renovated in 2015, t...
- Floor Size: 146 square metres
- Plot Size: 6,365 square metres (0.64 hectares / 1.57 acres)
- Bedrooms: 3