The Final Contract is an official document, called the deed of sale. It incorporates the terms of contract and on its signature at the Notaire’s office, the property passes to the buyer. At the time of signing this deed, all moneys must be with the Notaire. You will get an ATTESTATION, a certificate of purchase, whilst you are waiting for the acte authentique to be registered with the cadastre.
The original is kept with the Notary, and a copy of the acte de vente is send to you with the remaining funds which where reserved to ‘publish’ the deeds. It will take minimum 3 months before the deeds are avaiable, it has happended that it takes up to 12 months for the cadastre to deliver the deeds.
Tip : make sure you the right adress to the notary on where to send the deeds, it can be that you want them at your main home, in the case of buying a second / holiday home.
Tip 2, at this time the Notary will also close the financial account he has for this transaction, as the buying costs are an estimate, there is usually a little surplus to send back to you. That is why it is good if the Notary has your bank details.