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Historical 11 bedroom Chateau for sale with countryside view in Chateau du Loir, Pays-de-la-Loire
Ref 247442
Nestling in 4 hectares of glorious gardens and land with fruit trees, is this exquisite 4 storey, 11 bedroom historical French Chateau with pool, enjoying far reaching countryside views from its pe...
3,690,000 EUR
Wow factor 5 bedroom Chateau for sale with countryside view in Montval sur Loir, Pays-de-la-Loire
Ref 247435
Absolutely exquisite 5 bedroom historical Chateau with outbuildings, nestling in over 18 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens, meadows and woodland, enjoying far reaching countryside views from it...
1,450,000 EUR
Character 5 bedroom Manor House for sale with countryside view in Le Mans, Pays-de-la-Loire
Ref 245729
Full of character and charm and beautifully presented throughout, this superb 5 bedroom home is ideally located in a quite setting in Le Mans, set on a large plot of 5,037m2 and with lovely country...
755,000 EUR
8 bedroom Chateau for sale with countryside view in Chateau du Loir, Pays-de-la-Loire
Ref 242342
Exceptional equestrian estate of 3 charming properties nestling in 42 acres of glorious land with mature gardens, Studio and outbuildings, while enjoying scenic countryside views from its peaceful ...
1,490,000 EUR
14 bedroom Chateau for sale with countryside view in Le Mans, Pays-de-la-Loire
Ref 240977
Currently undergoing restoration, this exquisite French chateau offers 680m2 of habitable space plus an additional house and outbuildings sitting on 25 hectares of land with beautiful gardens, eque...
2,640,000 EUR
Grand 9 bedroom House for sale with countryside view in Vaas, Pays-de-la-Loire
Ref 237563
Grand and spacious 9 bedroom house, with a total welcoming living area of 600m2, set within a charming walled gardens of 14,576m2 with a swimming pool and beautifully landscaped grounds. With hig...
609,500 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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