English owned and run Estate Agents based in the historic town of Pezenas specialising in helping UK and Irish buyers to find and buy property in the Languedoc region of southern France.
Call us at our French office on 00 33 467 00 11 71 or via a UK number on 020 7193 9341 to discuss your property requirements and find out how we can help you.
Why , might you ask is this a sad day in the Languedoc? Simply because one of my favourite Languedoc houses has just been sold which means that I will no longer have the pleasure of showing people round on viewings.
The house in question is a wonderful villa in Roujan just outside of Pezenas.
This house has it all. A generous 5 beds, 3 baths, double garage,wine cellar, spa, lovely 1600m plot and large, heated swimming pool.
I have been singing the praises of this house for some time now and am happy to say (although sad at the same time) that it has now found a new home. The new buyers have opted for the house as well as an additional plot again of 1600m below. What a wonderful package. They will undoubtably enjoy many a happy summers day around the wonderful pool of one of my favourite houses.
I have just taken on a really nice 3 bed villa about 12 mins from Pezenas in the pretty village of Margon.
This detached villa was built about 10 years ago and is in tip top condition. I won't bore you with a great long description as all you really need to know is this;
105 sqm living space
Large garage suitable for conversion into guest suite
Approx 800 sqm plot
STUNNING VIEWS OVER VINEYARDS TO CHATEAU !!!
The price of such views? A very realistic €325,000
I'm hoping to get this onto the website soon but am being hampered by horrible weather. This house deserves some brilliant photos so I'll just have to wait for the sun to come back.
I have just spoken to a Notaire contact of mine who tells me that the TVA repayment rules in France have just been changed.
It was always the case that if you sold a property in France that was less than 5 years old you would have to pay back TVA (VAT) on the entire selling price. At a rate of 19.6% this could often be quite a sum and was a large factor in some people's choice to sell or not sell their Languedoc property.
Notaire Maitre PEITAVY has just told me that this is no longer the case and TVA is no longer payable here.
To get this straight from the horses mouth so to speak, contact Maitre PEITAVY Frederic as follows;
14 AVENUE CHARLES CAUQUIL
I had a long conversation with a client of mine last week selling a fab house in Cruscades, a lovely Languedoc house just north of Narbonne.
The conversation was about price and I told him that if he wanted to achieve a sale he would need to drop his price to €599,000. This was not easy for the client to hear and was made all the more diffuclt as he was not getting any feedback from other agents.
In the end he agreed to follow my advice and we dropped the price to €599,000. At this price the house represents good value for money in todays market and I am pleased to say that an offer at the asking price has just been accepted.
This just goes to show that you cannot judge the value of a property by how much you can knock off the asking price.
Went to the Port du Roy marina in Aigues Mortes on Saturday for some viewings and to see a new house that may be coming on to the market.
It was pouring with rain when I arrived but my clients were on time and were very nice people so that made things a bit better. Then after 5 mins the rain stopped and the sun came out. Fantastic.
Even in the rain and the gloom I seem to love the Port du Roy more and more each time I visit.
The house in the Port du Roy that I visited to value was fab. A really nice position in the Quai des Galions section of the marina. The house, which is 3 beds and 2 baths is well situated within the Quai des Galions with a really nice outlook and the bonus of a 12.66m mooring. One of very few in the marina of this length.
Approx 90 sqm with an integral garage, downstairs WC and fab balcony off the main bedroom overlooking the water.
I think that Quai des Galions is one of the nicest parts of the Port du Roy marina and am hoping that this house comes on to the market. It also has a real bonus of being end of terrace which means you get an access way down the side of the house to the mooring.
Not much at first glance but when you stop and think about it this gives you the ability to move stuff from boat to car and back without having to go through the house. Very handy indeed.
I am due to speak to the owner of this house this week so will let you know what happens. If it does come on to the market this house in Quai des Galions is sure to draw a lot of interest.
What a surprise yesterday morning when I woke up. A good 2 inches of snow everywhere. I know that this is a very common site of late in most of the UK but here in the "Sunny" south of France it is a very rare sight indeed.
Today the sun is out and the Languedoc is back to normal.
Well I don't think that we're about to see prices start rocketing up but activity levels in the world of Languedoc property have most definately picked up. Or is it that activity levels are the same but the quality of buyers have improved? I think it's a bit of both.
Certainly this is the time of year when the most serious buyers tend to fly out for a 3-4 day property search trip and at the moment I have some very serious buyers indeed who are here hoping to see the house of their dreams.
This week has seen some very interesting new houses come onto the market as well.
I've just been instructed on a really nice 2 double bed, 2 bath village house in Puissalicon, with small private courtyard garden, in good condition, with original features at a very sensible €135,000.
It's going to take me a few days to get photos and measurements organised but watch this space.
This afternoon I'm going to see a 150 sqm 3 bed village house in Abeilhan with courtyard garden, roof terrace and aparently some fabulous views. This looks like it will be in the €230,000 region but I'll confirm this once I've seen it.
And last but by no means least, one of the most amazing period village houses I have ever seen. Think village house meets chateau with a large helping of "Grand Designs" and you'll be on the right track.
In the pretty village of Nebian, 3-5 beds, depending on how you use the space, huge 100 sqm vaulted reception room, 2 terraces, garage and a seriously big dollop of "WOW". I showed this to clients yesterday who are thinking of making an offer so we'll have to see what happens over the weekend but if they don't go for it and you've got €295,000 in your pocket then I suggest you get onto ryanair.com as fast as you can and get over here quickly.
More info and photos to follow but for now you can see the locations of these three villages on the map below.
This villa in Caux is a really smart modern villa made of lovely big blocks of stone. Unusual but it works very well. It's 3 double bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1 shower room and lovely big reception/dining room with modern open-plan kitchen.
The house is around 125 sqm of living space plus garage and sits on a plot of just under 900 sqm.
It has gas run underfloor heating throughout and a lovely landscaped garden with fabulous summer terrace and swimming pool.
The house is expected to come onto the market in the next week or so at around €350-375,000 which is pretty much the right price for a house of such quality. It's in a really nice location and is sure to generate plenty of attention.
If you're planning a viewing trip to France and would like to get a preview of this fab villa in Caux then call me now on 00 33 467 00 11 71 to arange a viewing.
As I predicted, the moment these townhouses started to leek a bit like houses rather than looking like a messy building site, things started to happen.
Of the six houses in Canet that are being developed, there are only now three left.
This doesn't mean that it's only the dross that's left mind you. The units still available are actually some of my favourites. Units 1, 4 and 5 are available, number 4 being my favourite. With prices of these townhouses in Canet starting at €185,000 it's easy to see why. You can a good amount of space for your money, good build quality, 10 year guarantee, garage and terrace in a really nice village with plenty of commerce only 5 mins from the A75 motorway and about 30-40 mins from the beach.
To see more details of these houses before it's too late click here and type in the ref: CANPRO in the search reference box or call me on 00 33 467 00 11 71.
I went to the Port du Roy marina development in Aigues Mortes this morning to meet clients. They are looking for a 2-3 bed house in Port du Roy with a mooring for their boat.
It was a nice sunny morning and the marina looked fantastic with the sun shining on the water.
We looked at two house for sale. A 1 bed house and a 2 bed house. Both had small gardens with moorings directly adjacent. The one bed house with mooring is 216,000€ and the 2 bed house is 270,000€. Both houses have allocated parking spaces and the larger one has integrated air-conditioning throughout.
Well, after a well earned break for Christmas it's back to work again on this bright and sunny (but very cold) January morning.
As is usual, now that Christmas is out of the way and people have settled back into the reality of the working year. This means that traffic of our website has started to rise and the number of people enquiring about buying a property in the Languedoc has also started to rise. Incidentally, I don't know if you read the article in the Sunday Times the other week (I missed it) but apparently it said that the fashion for buying property in such places as Romania has all but finished and Britons are now turning their attentions back to the old favourite of France and buying a house in the Languedoc is top of their list.
We shall see if 2010 bears this out but looking at the enquiries I've had over Christmas I'd say it's been a good start.