Olive Grove #Provence @Provence_Search
Sophia van Woensel-Mose

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
Sophia van Woensel-Mose

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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Photo: J M Campaner sous licence Creative Commons 3.0
Aixcentric

Mansions For Sale in Aix and Transport News from Marseille

Contributor blog post by Aixcentric: The town authorities are in sell-off mode, wishing to divest themselves of buildings that aren’t functional and are costing too much to maintain. First up is the Hotel de Valbelle in rue Mignet which currently houses the sous-prefecture. It’s where you have to go for various …

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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
Sophia van Woensel-Mose

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
Explore: Travel in ProvenceSophia van Woensel-Mose

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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Buying a house in Provence #Provence via @Provence_Search
Sophia van Woensel-Mose

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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Buyer’s Agent Luberon Village Provence @ProvenceSearch
Sophia van Woensel-Mose

Provence Property: Why Hire a Buyer’s Agent?

Contributor blog post by Sophia Mose We’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 now finally start …

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