Having had the offer accepted, the next stage was to get the contract of sale – “Compromis de Vente” prepared and signed. This process took much longer than expected. Our solicitor, the agent and the Notaire all seemed to be involved. Several changes were asked for but didn’t appear in the next version. Sometimes just getting the latest version of the document was difficult. With a two week business trip due to start on 18 April, we needed to get the compromis signed by 17 April at the latest. Finally, a version of the compromis was agreed upon by all parties on 15 April, ready for signing on 17 April.
We went to the Notaire’s office in Marseillan on 17 April. The vendors were present as were the agents. A few last minute changes were made to the document. The Notaire then proceeded to read the document addressing either us or the vendors for approval. All four of us vendors and purchases then had to initial every page of the document. Steve and Phill then had to hand write a paragraph in French before signing. After signing we went to visit our friends at Villa Littoral for a glass of champagne to celebrate.