Generally, the preliminary agreement provides for approximately three months between the signing of the preliminary agreement and the signing of the deed of sale. During this period, the purchaser must obtain financing and more specifically their loan offer. The exact time limit for the purchaser to provide evidence of this loan offer is indicated in the preliminary agreement; in practice it is between 45 and 60 days.
If the purchaser does not obtain a real estate loan, if he provides evidence that the loan has been refused and that the conditions laid down in the preliminary contract have been met, he can in principle be released from all obligations and recover his security deposit.
If the purchaser obtains his loan, once the loan offer has been received the borrower will have a minimum of 11 days from receipt to accept it.