What is avant contrat in French real estate?

If you are buying or selling a French property you will hear the term “L’avant contrat’. This is the preliminary contract written prior to the final deed of sale.

There are typically two different kinds of ‘avant contract”


The Promesse de Vente


Compromis de Vente

Each has a particular purpose and to understand the complete legal implication of each it is best you speak with an English speaking French notary.

Remember never to sign a legal document you do not fully understand. Choose to work with an English speaking French notary and have them write the l’avant contrat for you. Of course have them explain all you need to know.

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