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Where to Buy Property on the French Riviera: Vence

Contributor blog post by Sophia Mose: Vence is often overshadowed by its more glamorous sister, St Paul-de-Vence. Vence, a pretty market town in the hills close to Nice (about 20 minutes from Nice airport), is often overshadowed by its more glamorous sister, St Paul-de-Vence. Whereas the village of St Paul-de-Vence …

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Slowing the Pace of Life in Aix-en-Provence

Contributor blog post by Sophia Mose: We all love the fact that life in beautiful Aix-en-Provence is lived at a slower pace, However, the daily business of living doesn’t always go slowly here because of a conscious lifestyle choice. Instead, it often is a consequence of this medieval capital of …

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Who Should Draft the Compromis de Vente?

Contributor blog post by Sophia Mose: It is true that French estate agents (agents immobiliers) by law are permitted to draw up the compromis the vente, which is the contract of sale in France. In fact, a buyer and seller could even agree the terms of the sale between them …

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Olive Grove #Provence @Provence_Search
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Is Gazumping Possible in France?

Contributor blog post by Sophia Mose: When I lived in London the conversation during after-work drinks inevitably would turn to house hunting frustrations. There was always someone drowning their sorrows after just having been outbid at the last minute. No surprise that the English adopted the satisfyingly resonant Yiddish expression …

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Sanary sur Mer @Provence_Search
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Buying Property in Provence: Insider Tips

Contributor blog post by Sophia Mose: Tip Nº 1 – Viewings and Negotiations House purchase negotiations are a delicate process anywhere in the world. Tempers easily flare and communications can break down because of misunderstandings or hurt feelings. When you don’t speak French fluently and don’t know the ins and …

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How to Avoid Buying the Wrong House in Provence

By Sophia van Woensel-Mose We all know that house hunting is an emotional experience and that the majority of house buying decisions is made on first impressions alone. Most of my clients will say that a house must “feel right”. There’s nothing wrong with listening to your instinct, as long …

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Lacoste #Luberon @Provence_search
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Provence: Falling for the Real Luberon

By Sophia van Woensel-Mose Before we moved to France I had read Peter Mayle’s account of his idyllic year in the Luberon region of Provence, and thoroughly enjoyed it. However, when planning our great escape from the grey-skied rat-race that is the City of London we never contemplated moving to …

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MuCEM Marseille #Marseille via @Provence_search
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Marseille or Aix-en-Provence? Give me both!

By Sophia van Woensel-Mose One of the favourite pastimes of the Aixois is fervently discussing the town’s many qualities. They cite the climate, culture and architecture; rave about the shopping and surrounding countryside; and compare notes on their favourite Luberon village, Mediterranean beach, local wine and restaurant. Explore this post …

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Buying a house in Provence #Provence via @Provence_Search
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French Property and the Free Search Myth

By Sophia van Woensel-Mose If you’ve been searching for French property for a while and find the system confusing, then you’re not alone. On the face of it things in France seem to work the same way as in the UK, Australia, America or Holland. Maybe you contacted an estate …

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Luberon Village #Luberon #Provence @ProvenceSearch
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Provence Property: Why Hire a Buyer’s Agent?

Contributor blog post by Sophia Mose I’ve just come back from the Notaire‘s office in the Luberon for the signing of an acte authentique de vente (the French final deed of sale). It was the smooth and happy finale to a long journey for Susan and Richard Jameson*, who can …

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