Seguret Village view #Vaucluse @PerfProvence
Julie Whitmarsh

Buying Real Estate What’s French for Gazumped?

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: Today hasn’t been the best of days – we were expecting some trials and tribulations associated with buying a house in France, but I don’t think we ever expected what has happened today! Since we had the offer accepted on the house near Uzes we’ve …

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Gazumped French Real Estate
Expat Living and Real EstateSophia van Woensel-Mose

How to Avoid Being Gazumped in French Real Estate

Buying Real Estate in France In London, the conversation during after-work drinks inevitably turns to house hunting frustrations. There is 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 gezumph to name the devastating …

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Sanary sur Mer @Provence_Search
Expat Living and Real EstateSophia van Woensel-Mose

Buying Property in Provence: Insider Tips

Tip Nº 1 – Viewings and Negotiations House purchase negotiations are a delicate process anywhere in the world. Tempers quickly 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 outs of French customs and the …

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Renovation Real Estate La Bastide d'Engras @alabreche_annie #Provence Gardoise
Annie Barker

The Renovation Story of La Breche a Holiday Rental

This article is the continuation of Annie Barker’s story of how La Breche evolved into a holiday rental and inspiring venue for artists and writers. Follow this link if you missed Un Grand Project. The trials and tribulations of buying a house in France have been written about many times …

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Before the renovation #LaBreche @alabreche_annie
Annie Barker

Un Grand Projet No Small Renovation in the South of France

When we were first shown the ancient former farmhouse near Uzès (in the South of France) we now call home, I rejected it firmly with a resounding ‘No’. We had agreed that we didn’t want a third project in fifteen years: its desolate state, left for months forlornly empty, with dust …

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Provence House #Provence @Provence_Search
Expat Living and Real EstateSophia van Woensel-Mose

How to Avoid Buying the Wrong House in Provence

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 house hunters will say is that a house must “feel right.” There’s nothing wrong with listening to your instinct, as long as you keep in …

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Buying a house in Provence #Provence via @Provence_Search
Expat Living and Real EstateSophia van Woensel-Mose

French Property and the Free Search Myth

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 agent assuming that they …

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Buyer’s Agent Luberon Village Provence @ProvenceSearch
Expat Living and Real EstateLiving in ProvenceSophia van Woensel-Mose

Provence Property: Why Hire a Buyer’s Agent?

Most foreign house hunters do not realize that they can hire a buyer’s agent in France. They only ever encounter real estate (listing) agencies, either online or on the ground. French estate agents are hired by vendors to find a buyer and get the highest possible price. Vendors usually list …

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