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Buying process for real estate in France

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Are you interested in buying a property in France? Here we explain how the buying process for new construction and existing real estate properties in France works. Letś start with the

The new construction real estate buying procedure

The entire procedure for new construction is buyer-friendly and protects buyers to a maximum. The procedure is a bit slow but very secured for the buyer. That’s why the buyer should first sign the contract to start the procedure. The buyer has then plenty of time to think about it and to get his financing settled.

When you have decided to buy, you will receive from the project developer the IBAN and SWIFT bank details of the notary plus payment instructions. Your ID and address will be with the developer that waits for the arrival of your down payment; mostly 3-5% of the purchase amount. Once the money is received, a dossier is opened and a contract will be made.

This is sent to you by UPS or DHL. You have to sign the contract first (often 5 copies) and send it back. Then the developer will sign it and send it back to you. Now the ten days period to think over your real estate purchase becomes active.

Buying process for real estate in FranceTen days withdraw

This period starts from the day you receive your copy of the reservation contract signed by both parties by registered mail – you will receive the contract by courier services like DHL or UPS. Within ten days you can still withdraw the purchase without any reason given.

30 days withdraw
After the 10th day, a new period starts; the 30-working days (about 45 days) period to obtain a loan starts. In case you get a loan refusal, you can then withdraw from the purchase without any financial punishment or costs.

New constructed apartments or villas require some guts to buy off the plan. However, if you are familiar with the area, you can v visit the street virtually to discover shops and other houses nearby. If you buy off-plan, you will have to wait about two years before you get the key. But the reward will be great; you are the first owner and by the time the property gets delivered, the price will have risen by 10-15%.


The buying process for existing real estate in France

If you are buying a property in France, you might feel overwhelmed by the paperwork. Your heart says ‘This is my dream house’ but your logic sense whispers ‘Watch your back, they’re all French…’ Luckily, we are in Europe and the buying process has become very transparent, especially in France.

Here we explain the differences between Offre d’achat, Promesse de Vente and Compromis de Vente.

What is an Offre d’achat?

Once you are you happy with the final price, the selling real estate agent will propose an ‘offre d’achat’ for the existing property. The main aspects of the property are in this paper described, such as an address, layout, size and separately made agreements. This information is signed by both parties and then the notary will use this info to make a provisional purchase agreement. This agreement should be signed within 30 days of the ‘offre d’achat’.

Offre d’achat is a unilateral promise from the buyer to the seller. The potential buyer indicates that he wants to purchase the specified property within a specified period. However, it does not guarantee that the house must also be sold to the buyer. The offre d’achat largely describes what you wish to buy. If the term expires and buyer and seller do not agree, then the offer will expire.

What is La Promesse de Vente?

La Promesse de Vente is a unilateral promise by the seller. Seller agrees with this “Promise of Sale” that he agrees to sell the property at a certain price for a given period. The buyer pays 10% and gets a period of 7 days to rethink the decision and stop the buying process. If the notarial deed is on for signing, your 10% of the purchase amount will be deducted and you will pay the remaining amount. If you do not provide timely notice of cancellation and you have no decisive reasons (such as reserve funding) then you will be in default and the seller may retain your 10% deposit.

What is a Compromis de Vente?

The Compromis de vente is a purchase agreement between the two parties. The seller agrees to sell his property, while the buyer agrees to buy the property for an agreed price. After signing the initial purchase agreement, you always have a right of withdrawal of 7 days as a buyer. In addition, it has suspensive terms, which means that the purchase will not continue under certain conditions such as not obtaining a loan. Source (

Houses and apartments real estate for sale

France has a lot houses and apartments for sale; in fact everyone could find something to live here, it’s just a matter of budget and priorities. Are you happy with just being in France, and riding a bike or taking a tram to go to the beach is perfect to start your day? Pricing in real estate starts as low as 130.000 euro. It will be a simple studio, but it’s a good start to create a whole new way of living in a place that offers 300 days of sunshine!

And the more you desire like a large terrace, sea view, double space parking, a free view, a residential swimming pool, a rooftop garden, the higher the price. A one separate bedroom apartment or a discrete six-bedroom villa in a stunning bay,  there are properties for every taste and budget.

Creative environment
If you are able to work remotely, living on the Côte d’Azur is the best environment to free your mind, be creative and get inspired by colors and the lifestyle of people that enjoy life. Did you know that some of the world largest enterprises have their Research & Development on the French Riviera? Sophia Antipolis is the Silicon Valley of the Côte d’Azur, where creative people come up with bright new ideas. If you need Internet on the French Riviera, be aware that there is fast fibre, but only in the centre of the cities and villages. If you want to live on a mountain top to have a spectacular overview, you might have to deal with 1-3 Megabyte download speed. Of course, Internet by satellite can fix that little problem.


Discover the French Riviera

Searching to buy ‘something under the French Riviera sun’ but not sure of the precise area yet? Discover the small towns, medieval villages and buzzing hot spots here. Discover the characteristics of the most popular villages in the South of France

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