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Character 6 bedroom Manor House for sale with panoramic view in Saumur, Pays de la Loire
Ref 249286
Situated in a quiet neighbourhood right the heart of a historic town, close to Saumur and close to all amenities, this exceptional 6 bedroom stone built chateau has a spacious living area of 430m2 ...
1,276,600 EUR
Grand 18 bedroom Chateau for sale with countryside view in Angers, Pays de la Loire
Ref 248953
Exceptional Nineteenth Century French Chateau for sale in Haut-Anjou, on the edge of a small village with basic amenities, set in 34 acres of land. This beautiful and generous chateau enjoys a ru...
2,750,000 EUR
Income Producing 9 bedroom Chateau for sale in Saint Macaire du Bois, Pays de la Loire
Ref 248601
Delightful Loire manor house with gites set in almost an acre of land, with pool and successful income stream, Situated in the lovely village of Saint Macaire du Bois, this property is perfectly po...
1,190,000 EUR
Character 15 bedroom Chateau for sale with countryside view in Saint Georges sur Loire, Pays-de-la-Loire
Ref 246737
Recommended
Exclusive 15 bedroom country chateau, which boasts superb original features throughout, situated in a quiet setting in Saint Georges sur Loire, close to Angers and the banks of the River Loire. Fu...
945,000 EUR
Character 23 bedroom Chateau for sale with countryside view and panoramic view in Les Hauts d'Anjou,
Ref 246266
Recommended
Full of authentic character and beautifully presented throughout, this impressive 23 bedroom chateau is ideally located in idyllic countryside setting, north of Angers, in a quiet and peaceful yet ...
1,800,000 EUR
14 bedroom Chateau for sale with Income Potential in Saumur, Pays-de-la-Loire
Ref 242659
Rare Nineteenth century property full of character and charm set in over 2 acres, located within easy walking distance of all shops and amenities in the heart of Saumur, within easy reach by car of...
1,050,000 EUR
6 bedroom Chateau for sale with countryside view in Saumur, Pays-de-la-Loire
Ref 242359
A unique opportunity to acquire a superbly restored 3 storey, 6 bedroom historical manor house with 2 hectares of vineyards, set in beautiful landscaped gardens with pool while enjoying wonderful c...
3,400,000 EUR
Historical 5 bedroom Manor House for sale with countryside view in Bauge en Anjou, Pays-de-la-Loire
Ref 233010
Character stone property that has been tastefully and comprehensively restored, dating back to the Fifteenth Century, within easy reach of local amenities and about 30 minutes from Saumur and the L...
535,000 EUR
Renovated 4 bedroom House for sale with countryside view in Bauge en Anjou, Pays-de-la-Loire
Ref 230538
Beautifully restored 4 bedroom former mill with gite, expansive pool and outbuildings, nestling in nearly 2 acres of glorious land while enjoying far reaching countryside views from its peaceful lo...
575,000 EUR
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Buying a Property in France

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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