Buying Property in Provence: Viewings

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 outs of French customs and the French real estate market, then things could go wrong even quicker when buying property in Provence or [...]

Provence Property: Why Hire a Buyer’s Agent?

An exclusive buyer's agent or property finder is a local property expert who does not list properties for sale and exclusively represents buyers in their search and acquisition. They negotiate the lowest possible price and best conditions on their clients' behalf, pre-screen properties for clients, point out any potential problems and protect their clients' interests throughout. True buyer's agents are [...]

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 had access to all property listings? Or did you think [...]

How to Avoid Buying the Wrong House in Provence

(This article previously appeared in FrenchEntrée Magazine May/June 2015) We all know that house hunting is an emotional experience and that the majority of house buying decisions is made on first impressions alone. The first thing most of my clients will say is that a house must "feel right". There’s nothing wrong with listening to your instinct, as long as [...]

Provence: Falling for the Real Luberon

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 the Luberon. Somehow it all seemed too much of a trodden path. A brief [...]