Buying a Property in France

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Areas of France

The Rhone Alpes is a diverse land of mountains, vineyards, rivers and prosperous cities.

Annecy is a popular and chic town with highly sought-after properties, especially those with lake frontage.

The beautiful region of Aquitaine lies to the southwest of France, bordering the Atlantic Ocean to the west, and the Pyrenees Mountains to the south, along the border with Spain.

France's capital is a global centre for food, art and culture.

Long the playground of the rich and famous.

One of the most popular areas, the Dordogne has history and beauty in abundance.

In the French Alps, the magnificent Three Valleys area consists of major ski resorts: Courchevel, Meribel and Val Thorens.

Legal 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.

Latest Properties in France

Character 7 bedroom House for sale with countryside view in Frausseilles, Occitanie
Ref 249599
Stunning 7 bedroom stone built property, situated a quiet setting in Frausseilles, within the golden triangle between Cordes and Gaillac. Set on around 10 acres of attached and fenced pastureland ...
680,000 EUR
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Ref 249598
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Ref 249597
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872,340 EUR
Character 13 bedroom Chateau for sale with panoramic and countryside views in Parcoul Chenaud, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 249595
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1,010,000 EUR
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Ref 249594
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2,290,000 EUR
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Ref 249593
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2,650,000 EUR
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Ref 249592
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Stunning 5 bedroom stone built villa, which is ideally situated in complete calm and serenity with beautiful views of the countryside and the valley facing the evening sun. The villa is perfectly...
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Ref 249591
Beautiful 5 bedroom villa, which has been built using top quality materials, set within a fully enclosed garden of 900m2 with a swimming pool and located in a quiet setting in Cavalaire sur Mer. G...
1,190,000 EUR
Immaculate 6 bedroom House for sale with panoramic and sea views in Grimaud, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 249590
Spacious, bright and beautifully presented 6 bedroom villa located in Grimaud, enjoying a privileged and dominant position with a panoramic views of the sea and the Gulf of Saint Tropez. Located ...
3,400,000 EUR
Bright 4 bedroom House for sale with panoramic and sea views in Californie, Cannes, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 249589
Located right in the heart of an exclusive address in the sought after California district, this property has great potential and benefits from one of the most sumptuous panoramic views over the ba...
3,500,000 EUR
Elegant 3 bedroom House for sale in Antibes, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 249588
Magnificent newly built 3 bedroom property, which is beautifully nestled in a perfectly tranquil setting, yet just a few steps from the sea. Ideally located in an exceptional area, this superb vi...
3,600,000 EUR
Bright 1 bedroom Apartment for sale with sea and panoramic views in Beausoleil, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 249586
Superb 1 bedroom apartment located close to Monaco in Beausoleil, set within a luxury residence and with lovely views towards the sea. Ideal for those seeking comfort and elegance, this rare prope...
490,000 EUR
Bright 2 bedroom Apartment for sale with panoramic view in Menton, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 249585
Bright and spacious 2 bedroom apartment, which is ideally located in Menton, in the renowned district of Madone. Situated on the second floor of a magnificent old style building with an amazing pa...
395,000 EUR
Bright 2 bedroom House for sale in Saint Quentin la Poterie, Occitanie
Ref 249580
Situated right in the heart of the picturesque village of Saint Quentin la Poterie, this lovely 2 bedroom stone village house, facing east-west, is set on a peaceful cul-de-sac. Bathed in light t...
273,000 EUR
Immaculate 4 bedroom House for sale with lake or river view in Port Grimaud, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 249579
Luxuriously renovated, fully furnished 3 storey, 4 bedroom house with mooring enjoying scenic canal views from its prestigious location in Port Grimaud. This beautiful double house of about 190m2,...
3,500,000 EUR
Waterfront 6 bedroom House for sale with lake or river view in Port Grimaud, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 249578
Unique opportunity to acquire 2 exceptional houses with moorings and gardens enjoying panoramic canal views from their idyllic waterfront location in Port Grimaud. Consisting of 2 fisherman's hou...
3,500,000 EUR
Income Potential 10 bedroom House for sale with lake or river view in Port Grimaud, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 249577
Wonderful opportunity to acquire 3 beautiful houses with gardens and moorings enjoying panoramic canal views from their peaceful and secure location in Port Grimaud. The properties are in excellen...
4,100,000 EUR
Character 3 bedroom House for sale with lake or river view in Port Grimaud, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 249576
Stylish and bright 3 storey, 3 bedroom Balandrine style house with terrace and mooring, enjoying canal views from its peaceful location in Port Grimaud. On the ground floor is a private patio at t...
1,065,000 EUR
Character 12 bedroom French Chateau with countryside view in Carcassonne, Occitanie
Ref 249574
Charming 12 bedroom 16th Century Chateau, set within a large park of 5.7 hectares, with 3 separate dwellings and various outbuildings. With large and bright rooms with high ceilings, this historic...
1,250,000 EUR
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Ref 249573
Stunning contemporary 4 bedroom house, with a bright and spacious living area of 250m2 (totalling 382m2 of usable space), set on a 1,105m2 plot with a heated swimming pool and stunning lake, mounta...
2,964,000 EUR