Les Volets Bleus

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Fabien DIDIER, sales assistant in the Tarn (81), shares the story of his clients and their property currently for sale. Can you please describe the area? This tiny corner of the Tarn has a wonderful micro-climate. We have watched many a storm sweep of to the south or north whilst we sit in sunshine its… Read more »

Making a successful move to France

We are fortunate that we live in a village with commerce. We have an Épicerie, small bar and we are members of the ‘Friend of Dampierre Chateau’, so we are able to mix with both the French villagers and expats over village meals and music evenings in the bar. The local markets in Aulnay and St Jean d’Angély are great places to soak up the French way of life. Sam is a member of the local running club. Stuart plays ‘Walking football’ at the local club and we are both members of a local cycling club. We have also used local French Artisans (builders etc.) where possible.

What do you miss most about the UK?

The big miss is obviously family and friends, although with FaceTime, Skype etc. we are only a phone call away to see them. We’ve had lots of them out to visit and we think we have more ‘quality’ time with them now than we did before. We miss some of our typical English food, but visitors are always willing to bring stuff over. The other miss is not having shops on your doorstep to do shopping, although this is also a blessing as well! 

Finally, what advice would you give people wanting to make the move?

Do your research, into what you want (and don’t want) and the location you want to be in. Visit out of season as well as in the summer and be realistic on what you could possibly earn and the costs you may have. Are we glad we did the move? – YOU BET WE ARE

Thank you.

Stuart & Sam Avery can be contacted via their website
https://www.lapetitefermegites.com/

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Roger Titchener is a sales advisor for Selection Habitat. He interviewed his clients who now own a property in Charente-Maritime and have a gite activity. Leading busy lives on the outskirts of London, Stuart and Sam Avery decided that, both because of and despite Brexit, they would bring forward there plans to move and live… Read more »

Meeting with Jean-Guy

Today we meet up with Jean-Guy Besnard, sales advisor at Selection Habitat.   Tell us about yourself and about your journey? Having spent more than 30 years at the head of a large fine arts and crafts store, I decided to consider a career conversion.  It is by chance (whether chance actually exists?) that I… Read more »

Interview with Nicole Montgomery

Last week, our sale advisor Nathalie told you the story of the Montmaur Manoir sale. This week, meet Nicole Montgomery, the person who bought the property and renovated it with her family. You will find at the end of the article more photos of the renovation.     Can you introduce yourself? We are a… Read more »

Portrait of a man of character

Fabien Sirven Sales Advisor and in charge of various missions including team coaching and training How did I get into real estate? I went to Paris to study at business school. At the end of my studies I started my working life in the pharmaceutical industry where I held various positions with commercial dominance in… Read more »

Winter property viewings

Winter has certainly arrived across Europe and as usual it is always on time, sometimes ahead of schedule. However do not allow the winter months to stop you from visiting properties in France. On the contrary, there is a lot to learn from viewing a property over winter and it can also be a very… Read more »

How to make the best deals in France

However the prices should remain stable for 2016. Because… Interests rates in France are at their lowest. (2% fixed rate for 15 years, 2.3% fixed rate for 20 years, 2.6% fixed rate for 25 years) According to the mortgage broker ACE 0% interest rate mortgage extended to zone C for 1st french time buyers on… Read more »

A fairy-tale in the Loire

When asked if I would like to compile a small article on the region I have lived in for the last 12 years I jumped at the chance, that was back in January and given a deadline of June I naturally left it aside and thought I would deal with that later. When it came… Read more »