Happy new year and bonne année to you all. I hope you’ve enjoyed some great food, a bit of relaxation, a splash of sunshine and that you’ve avoided the floods over in the UK.
New year is of course a time when many of us look forward and it’s also one of the most popular times for people to start thinking about realising a dream and buying a house in France, whether it’s as a home, an investment property or a maison secondaire. So as we begin to emerge from recession and with property prices in the Vendée and interest rates still low, could this be the year you finally take the plunge and buy that French house you’ve always dreamt of?
With that in mind I caught up recently with Pauhla Hill from Agence Melusine, a fully bi lingual, local and well established estate agency with offices in the Vendée and the Deux Sevres who have many years experience of the French property market. I wanted to know what advice Pauhla could offer to anyone thinking of buying and whether she has any properties with which to tempt us.
“If you are thinking of buying, now is the time to start making arrangements to view.” Pauhla explained, “Ferry crossings and accommodation are cheap and it is really important to see properties in the winter because If you love one now – you’ll adore it in the summer. It also means that you could have the keys for spring and you’ll also have the pick of the bunch as we’re expecting lots of properties to come on to the market in the next few weeks”.
“As the Vendée is only 3 ½ hrs from St. Malo and 6 -7 hrs from Calais, has 3 great airports and a reputation for being one of the sunniest regions of France, this is an ideal place to begin your French dream. Obviously, I know a number of people who’ve bought here and they describe it as blissfully stepping back in time and because it has lots of wide open spaces, even in peak season, you never feel like you are on a tourist trail”
“What’s more there is currently a government tax incentive for vendors and to take advantage of it they need to sell their property before the summer. We can explain all the details to you in English if you’re worried about the language and we have a tried and tested list of businesses and people which you might need should you buy, such as builders, house keepers, internet providers etc. We can even recommend places to stay during your search and we really take time to get to know you, to make sure the properties you view are right up your street.”
So here is a sneak peak at just a few of the French properties Agence Melusine have to tempt you with?
If you love the bocage and the stunning Mervent forest and lake, have a look at these two properties. Both have lots of original features, space and buckets of traditional French charm as well as being in a great location.
Or for something in a village near historic and picturesque Pouzauges (with its own outbuildings and land), we think this one oozes Vendéen charm and can absolutely imagine sitting outside the last property enjoying the summer sunshine and a cool glass of wine.
So, are you tempted? If you are (and I am but I already own my dream Vendéen house) you can contact Pauhla email@example.com or on (0033) 0622006492 / 0251004216 and you’ll find her at www.agencemelusinefrance.com.
I know that I for one enjoyed every minute of our French property search and contrary to popular belief, ours was a straight forward, utterly stress free experience. 3 years on and I have no regrets and many happy memories. So what’s stopping you – happy hunting!