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Monday, December 18, 2006

Beziers Apartments

This new and exciting development in the heart of Beziers, "Les Terrasses de l'Orb" is coming to the market in January 2007.
With a range of apartments, all including secure underground parking, this development is sure to hit the headlines in the new year.
Situated only about 5-10 mins walk from the centre of Beziers, "Les Terrasses de l'Orb" are next to Beziers' cathedral in what is certainly one of the best locations in town.
We will publish more details as soon as we receive them. In the meantime, Contact us for more information on "Les Terrasses de l'Orb".



Monday, December 11, 2006

New Languedoc Flights

I've just read that the long talked about extension of the runway at Beziers/Vias airport has finally been given the green light.
Work is due to start any minute and the new runway is sheduled to open Spring 2007.
No names have been quoted yet but this extension will allow "Low Cost" airlines to begin flying into and out of Beziers.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Pezenas House

Excellent value for money !!!


250,000€




This semi detached 2 storey house only five minutes drive from the town of Pezenas has almost 250 sqm of accommodation in excellent condition throughout.

A walled garden of approx 120 sqm as well as the option of a 2 double bed self contained apartment make this house a must see for anyone looking to get plenty of living space for their money.

See a full description and photos of this family house here or contact us to ask about it in person.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Pezenas Golf

I have just heard that there is going to be a new golf course and tennis academy built in the Languedoc and even better that the proposed site is going to be within ten minutes of the historic town of Pezenas in the Herault. I wil keep an eye on developemnents and keep you updated.

Friday, November 24, 2006

House near Pezenas

This charming two bedroom village house less than ten minutes from Pezenas has just had a price reduction down to 105,000€.

See more information and photos of this village house here.

Or contact us to ask us about it.

Port Du Roy Marina Development


Developers for the Port Du Roy marina development at Aigues Mortes are shutting up shop and heading off to the Paris Boat Show from the 30th November until the 10th December inclusive.

They are expecting to sell a good number of houses during the show as the momentum for this prestigious development strats to gather speed.
Contact us for more information on the Port Du Roy development or follow these links to read about the various parts of the marina in detail.

Friday, November 10, 2006

New Development Beziers

Languedoc Property Finders have just been given an exclusive first look ath this new development in Beziers.
The handsome period building in the centre of town is a converted school and boasts impressive high ceilings, the original stone staircase as well as some new features such as a lift.
Apartments start at 75,000 euros for a studio and rise to 195,000 euros for a 2 bed "Loft" apartment on the 3rd floor.
Follow this link to see more detailed information, including photos and floorplans of this new development in Beziers. Or contact us to arange a site visit.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Maison De Maitre near Pezenas




This wonderful period property can be purchased for a very attractive 295,000 euros.

With over 200 sqm of living space and between 3 and six bedrooms this wonderful house is ideal for anyone who wants to soak up the charm of the Languedoc.

Large garage, two bathrooms and a secluded roof terrace add to this house's appeal.

Less than 8 mins by car from the town of Pezenas, easy access to A75 and A9 motorways and 4 airports (Carcassonne, Montpellier, Nimes and Perpignan) within an hour and a half's drive.

Nearest beach - 30 mins!

Click here to read a full description with photos or Contact us now to chat about it.

Friday, October 27, 2006

French Mortgages

Had a meeting with Credit Foncier bank in Beziers yesterday regarding new build property.

They have an interesting package that sounds ideal for those of you looking to buy a new build property off plan.

As simply as I can make it. This is how it works;

  1. You borrow 200,000 euros in order to finance your project.
  2. The project is going to take 12 months to complete.
  3. Your payments are in stages. 20% first payment, 20% second payment etc over the course of the 12 months.
  4. The bank releases the stage payments to you as and when required, but you don't have to repay anything until the build has completed and you take posession of the property.
  5. All they do is calculate the interest on the advances as and when they're made and add this on to the total borrowed.
  6. Therefore, if you're planning to buy off plan to rent out, you don't have to start making payments until the property's finished and you can start to look for a tenant.

If this sounds of interest and you're thinking of buying a property in a new development in the Languedoc, contact us for more info.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Luxury Languedoc Villa



Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to have a sneak preview at a wonderful Languedoc villa that is about to be put up for sale.

The house is approx 250 sqm of living space, including 5 beds and 3 baths.

It sits on a beautiffully landscaped plot of around 2000 sqm less than 10 minutes drive from Pezenas.

Price guide...............900,000 euros

Click here for more photos or contact us to arange an apointment.


Friday, October 06, 2006

Quai St Louis, Port Du Roy Announcement.........

Developers for Quai St Louis, one of the more sought after marinas within the "Port Du Roy" development at Aigues Mortes, have just announced that they will be building a swimming pool within the marina.
This swimming pool will be private to residents of Quai St Louis and is sure to make this part of Port Du Roy even more sought after.
So if you're thinking of buying a flat or townhouse with mooring click here for more information or contact us now to arange a site visit.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Languedoc Property Update


Wow it's been a busy September. I've sold my own house, we've had a baby and we're moving into our new house next week.

On top of that, Languedoc Property Finders have just agreed the sale of a fabulous town house in "Quai St Louis", part of the "Port Du Roy" marina development in Aigues Mortes.

It's a three story town house with 4 bedroom and it's own private 10m mooring at the end of the garden. Perfect!

Having just spent the last week negotiating the sale on behalf of some UK based clients I know know the inner most details of this new development.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Large Pezenas House


I've just seen this wonderful period family house in the town of Pezenas for sale at a very reasonable 570,000 euros.

It has about 250 sqm of living space, a wonderful 2300 sqm walled garden, parking for loads of cars and is only a 5 min walk from the centre of Pezenas.
Add to this two roof terraces and a huge garage of approx 300 sqm ripe for conversion, and you have a very interesting house indeed.
The current owners have decorated it with taste, retaining most of the original features.
This is a must see !
Contact us for more information or to arange a viewing.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Languedoc house with garden



This large Languedoc house with garden has just come onto the market for 473,000 euros.

Located in the village of Roujan, only 7 mins drive from the town of Pezenas, it is ideally situated to be used as a full time or holiday home.

With approx 150 sqm of accommodation and 150 sqm of garaging, as well as a huge roof terrace and rear garden.


Click here for more detailed information and photos. Or you can call us on +33 467 00 11 71 to arange an apointment to view.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Pezenas Apartment

If you're looking for a newly refurbished apartment in the heart of Pezenas' old town, look no further.
I've just seen a fantastic 2 bed 1st floor Pezenas apartment being sympathetically refurbished to a high standard.
The living space is around 100 sqm and is in a lovely period building with plenty of exposed beams and lovely stone walls.
Price: 190,000 euros.
Contact us to arange an appointment but don't hang around. This will not be available for long.

House in Caux



I've just seen a lovely village house for sale in the pretty village of Caux, only a 5 min drive from the town of Pezenas.

2 double bedrooms, shower room, reception room/dining room with open-plan kitchen plus a shared courtyard garden and garage.

The house also has a seperate studio with shower-room and WC on the ground floor. Ideal for guests.

The whole house is in excellent decorative condition throughout and in a very sought after location.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !

Size: 90 sqm, Price: 190,000 euros

Contact us for more info.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

House in Pezenas

I've just seen a great little village house in Pezenas for sale.
Laid out over four floors it has a garage on the ground floor and a reception room with open plan kitchen on the first floor.
Second and third floors each have a double bedroom with en-suite shower room.
The house has character, is in very good order throughout and is on the market for 148,500 euros.
Contact us to arrange an appointment if you're looking for a good village house in Pezenas.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Languedoc Off Plan Property

We have just received the go ahead to formerly market four brand new developments that are scattered throughout the Languedoc area and offer an exciting opportunity for buyers who are looking for a "turn key" holiday home.

These developments combine the latest building techniques with some great extras and a very straight forward "no hassle" buy.

For further information either call us or find out more by following these links:

Les hauts de Monestier Beziers

Residence Coeur Marine Sete

Marina Del Sol Aigues Mortes

Castel d'Uzege Uzes

Friday, July 07, 2006

Neffies House Price Reduction !


This chgarming village house in Neffies has just had a price reduction down to 215,000 euros.

With two terraces and spectacular, uninterupted views across the languedoc countryside this house is a "Must see" for anyone looking to find a character house in the area.

Read full details of this house in Neffies here.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

House near Pezenas with garden


This house near Pezenas with garden has just had a price drop of 10,000€ and is now for sale at a very reasonable 185,000€.

Follow this link to read the full details and see more pictures.

Friday, May 26, 2006

2 bed village house with 42 sqm secluded garden......



Just come onto the market, and sure not to hang around, this 2 bed village house for sale at 195,000€ has the rare advantage of a 42 sqm private garden.

Not only is the garden west facing, but it is also completely secluded and not overlooked by anyone. A rare find indeed.

Follow this link for more information and pictures of this Usclas house.

If you're coming to the area and would like to arange an appointment to view, contact us.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Languedoc Maison de Maitre


A stunning family home !



If you're looking for a top quality Languedoc Maison de Maitre with the added bonus of a proper garden and fabulous swimming pool, look no further !

This three storey family home has been refurbished to an exacting standard and now offers 6 beds, 2 baths, and off street parking for several cars.

Most of these Languedoc Maison de Maitre have little or no garden, so to find one in this good condition with a very large garden is not an everyday occurance.

Read our full description of this Languedoc Maison de Maitre and see more photos. Then contact us to arange an appointment to view. You won't be dissapointed.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Cap D'Agde Naturist Village a good investment !

Having just spent a couple of days with clients looking for property to buy in Cap D'Agde's Naturist Village I can report that the apartments here make very interesting reading from an investment point of view !

If you get the right location within the village, rental returns (even after paying the rental company a management fee) can get close to 7%. And with a studio apartment in a good location available for under 100,000 euros this makes for an interesting rental oportunity.

Call us on 00 33 467 00 11 71 to discuss rental oportunities in Cap D'Agde Naturist Village.

Friday, May 05, 2006

French Termite Surveys

Just had a very useful chat with John Marshall, an RICS qualified surveyor practicing here in the Languedoc.

John has very kindly written an in depth article about termite, asbestos and lead surveys which must now be provided by the vendors for every property sold.

You can read the full articles about French termite surveys etc here.

House in Neffies


This charming house in Neffies has just come onto the market at a very realistic price of 235,000€

It has 3 beds, kitchen breakfast room, Reception, Dining room and 2 sunny terraces with stunning views accross the Languedoc countryside.

Follow this link for more detailed information and photos of this this house in Neffies.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

House in Roujan


This sunny house in the popular village of Roujan has just had a price drop to 122,000€.

The house has two double bedrooms plus a further occational attice room, new kitchen with all new appliances and new bathroom.

Contact us to view the house or view more pictures and get more information here.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

House in Pezenas


This three story town house in Pezenas has just come onto the market at 205,000€.

It has 3/4 bedrooms, a large garage and roof terrace.

It's not going to hang around for long so hurry up and call us to arange a viewing !

Contact us for more info or click here for more information and to see more photos.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

As seen on TV.......

Well not exactly, but..........

We have recently helped Channel 4 Television by consulting on a property programme they are making regarding buying property in the Languedoc.

As recognition of this, Channel 4 have included a link to our website from their "Selling Houses" page of their website.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Pezenas House


Just seen a wonderful house for sale in the pretty village of Usclas d'Herault, just outside Pezenas.

It's a large double fronted corner property with as many as six bedrooms (depending on how you choose to use the space).

It also has two reception rooms, large garage and beautiful terrace at the top of the house.

This Uscals property is being sold privately for 345,000€.

Call or email us to arange a viewing on +44 (0)20 7193 9341 or +33 (0)467 00 11 71

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Bouzigues House


Just seen a beautiffully restored village house in the much sought after village of Bouzigues, nestling quietly on the "Etang de Thau".

It has a large garage on the ground floor, Recep, open plan Kitchen, two Beds and a bathroom on the first floor, plus a third Bedroom/Large Reception room on the second floor, with glass patio doors leading out onto a fantastic roof terrace with glorious views across the Etang.

The whole place has been restored very sympathetically with lots of exposed stone walls and exposed wooden beams.

It's on the market for 368,000€.

Contact us for more information or to arrange a viewing.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Languedoc Property Finders New Office


Languedoc Property Finders have just taken new premises in the town of Pezenas.

We have outgrown our old office and are now in the process of moving into a new, purpose built office building on the edge of Pezenas heading towards the A9 motorway.

We are hoping to finish the move this week and will be able to post our new contact details as soon as we are settled.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Languedoc Period Property

Last week I told you about a large period house that I was going to view with clients.

Well, having just viewed the house I thought I'd let you know what it's like.

Beautiful. Just beautiful. A really lovely example of a large Languedoc period property with bags of character and charm.

The grounds need a bit of taming but that's nothing new with large country properties. It's got a large 12m pool and a huge barn on the grounds that is ripe to be turned into a fabulous guest house of probably close to 300 sqm.

At the end of the garden there's also a little three room building that could be an ideal teenagers refuge or even a little one bedroom gite.

All in all, if you're looking for a large period house in this price range you'd be foolish not to have a look.

Contact Us for more info.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Large House in Pezenas

We have Clients coming over to view next week and have come accross a beautiful 17th Century property for sale in a pretty village just outside of Pezenas.

The house has 285 sqm of living space and land of 2650 sqm.

6 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, 3 Showers, 3 Toilets, 12m Swimming Pool plus Outbuildings.

Price: 844,000€

Contact Us for more information.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

House in Vias

Speaking to lots of people each week who are looking for property in the Languedoc it is clear that as the summer is getting closer and the days are starting to get longer, more and more people are starting to look at boking flights down to the Languedoc to go property hunting.

As a testament to this, the house in Vias that I wrote about the other week has just sold to a family from the UK. This family travelled out looking to beat the summer rush and were lucky enough to fall in love with this house while they were here.

So think ahead and contact us now to secure a slot in our diary for your trip.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

House in St.Thibery

I've just been told about an interesting investment property in the village of St.Thibery, near Pezenas.

It's a 400 sqm house in St.Thibery that is currently divided up into 4 apartments, generating a rent of 39,000€ per annum gross.

The asking price is 450,000€ which works out at a gross return of approx 8.6%.


If you'd like more information or if you're going to be near Pezenas and would like to take a look, contact us.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

House in Roujan

This house in Roujan has been newly refurbished and is for sale at 129,000€.

At this price this is the best 2 bedroom village house we've seen for quite a while. Ideal for someone who wants to buy something and start using it straight away. It even has all new white goods in the kitchen.

Contact us for more information or to arrange a viewing.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Villa in Vias


Just been given the details of a fantastic looking villa in Vias, near Agde.

The house has 200 sqm of living space on a plot of 1000 sqm (0.25 acre). Accommodation comprises 3 Beds, 1 Bath, 1 Shower, 2 WC, Garage, Central heating, and a Stunning swimming pool. A really good example of a beautiful villa in this part of the south of France. Price: 695,000€.

For more information or to arrange a viewing contact us.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Large Perpignan Property For Sale........

with huge devolopment potential.

A contact of mine has just been approached by an elderly gentleman who owns a property in Elne, near Perpignan. He is keen to sell it as it has just been given a re-designation for building land over just under 3hectares. There is currently a mas divided into four appartments plus pool and garden, plus land ready to build on. His asking price is 2.2 million euros.

If you're looking for something with huge development potential then email our helpdesk.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Purchasing properties in the Languedoc......

How to do it properly.
Finding your dream home where you live can be difficult enough but finding a holiday home in a foreign country can be both time consuming and frustrating.

Below is a story about a recent client who we helped purchase their dream holiday home in the Languedoc area of South Western France. Although their requirements may not be the same as everyone’s the process that we went through could be used as a template or guide for any purchaser buying property in any country.

A very nice couple from Dublin contacted us explaining that they wanted to buy a holiday home in the Languedoc area. Ryanair’s recent opening of their Dublin to Carcassonne route meant that short breaks from Ireland to this part of France were now a reality. The thing was, they didn’t know the area too well and needed guidance from someone local. That’s where Languedoc Property Finders came in. We talked with them at length in order to understand their motivations for buying and what they wanted from their holiday home.
We decided that they should fly down to the Languedoc area for a week for a “Sighting” visit. This would give them a clear idea of what the area had to offer and what to expect for their money. We suggested that we look at several areas from Carcassonne town centre to the pretty villages around the town of Pezenas. Carcassonne would give them the convenience that they were looking for, but I felt that Pezenas would provide them with more the type of ambience that they expected from this part of the world.

We spent the week looking at everything from loft apartments in the centre of Narbonne, modern apartment blocks in Beziers and village houses in pretty villages from Carcassonne to Pezenas. We really did explore the area and they tried to imagine what it would be like to actually own a property in each of the towns and villages that we visited.
They found the apartments in Beziers a surprise, something at first they wouldn’t have considered. I think that it was the size, the value and the thought of owning an apartment in such a busy town that started to grow on them. Although they didn’t end buying these apartments they were glad to have benefited from the seeing them.

As the week went on our clients realised that an hour’s drive from the airport was really no hardship and that although they loved Carcassonne, the areas to the east were more attractive to them.

In the end we were able to narrow things down to two village houses near Pezenas and an apartment in Beziers. After a good nights sleep, a good meal and some local wine, they decided to make an offer on a very pretty village house just outside of Pezenas. I advised my clients on a suitable starting offer, and after a little negotiation, we agreed a price almost ten thousand euros below the asking price. Two days later we were sitting in the local Notaire’s office, pen in hand, and the deal was done. They are now looking forward to flying back to France in the next few months to complete on the house and have a celebratory BBQ on their new terrace.

I think the key factor in them being able to make a buying decision during their week here was down to the fact that we considered and experienced so many different towns, areas and properties. By the end of the week they were able to make a considered offer on a good property that they knew fitted their needs and requirements.

Our top tip for any buyers visiting the Languedoc area is to go and view properties that you may not have at first considered. View village houses, apartments, modern developments, just about everything! This way you can be sure that you are making the right decision at the time you actually make the offer.

If you’re looking to buy a property in the Languedoc this year, my advice is to get yourselves over for a “Sighting” visit as soon as possible. As the days warm up and the sun shines for longer into the evening, more and more people will start to look at property to buy. If you want to get the best deals, fly over now and take your pick from the best of what’s around without the added pressure of knowing that another buyer could be on the next plane out.

Simon Kerridge is a partner at the Property Search firm Languedoc Property Finders. A property search company that helps clients purchase properties in the Languedoc area of South Western France.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

British Lawyers In France

I found an interesting article in The Mail on Sunday from January 8th 2006 and it will be interesting to see how this develops.

It claims that many British Lawyers are flocking to France after an EU ruling that has loosened the grip of state controlled officials on all property conveyancing.

Up until this point any British law firm practicing in France had to work hand in glove with the Notaries for all property buying. According to the mail they will now be in a position to handle the whole process.

The move has been a long time coming as the Notaires have enjoyed a competition free environment and have been able to make good money without fear of the you going somewhere else.

I will keep my eye on this and update this section in due course.


Gary

House Buying In Languedoc The Right Way

Just had our first clients of 2006 over for a week's property search.

A very nice couple from Dublin who weren't exactly sure what they were looking for. Being able to fly direct from Dublin to Carcassonne, the city of Carcassonne was a hot favourite with them. But they were also interested in looking at village houses along the coast towards Pezenas.

After a good week's viewings and around twenty properties, they finally decided on a very nice village house in a pretty village just outside Pezenas.

I persuaded them to offer less than they wanted to and after a bit of back and forth we agreed a price almost ten thousand euros below the asking price.

The clients are over the moon and we have an appointment to sign the Compromis de Vente this afternoon.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

House for sale in Roujan

A fantastic house in Roujan has just come on the market and is being sold by it's owners directly.
Two/three bedrooms, new kitchen and bathroom. 139,000€

This is a must see. Click here for photos and description.

Contact us for more information or to view.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

House for sale in Nebian

Just seen a very pretty village house in a cute little village about ten minutes from the town of Pezenas.

It's got loads of character, two good bedrooms, exposed beams, vaulted stone ceiling and a small roof terrace.

It's on the market for 170,000€ and I'm lead to belive that the owners will take an offer.

If you're looking to buy something in the near future I suggest you book a flight and come and see it quickly. I don't think it will be around for long.

Give us a ring or send us an email and we can tell you more.