Saturday, 21 August 2010

Moving forward

They say that moving house is one of the most stressful experiences of your life, up there with divorce and loss of life. Well, it’s our turn next week! After almost 10 years in the Poitou Charentes, we are turning a new page, and will be moving further south into the Corrèze department, close to the glorious Dordogne valley. Saying goodbye to our French neighbours is proving especially difficult. They have appreciated our efforts to integrate into their social network, and a few tears have been shed during the face to face meetings that we have had to date. This is making the decision to move even harder than we imagined. Aperos last night continued ‘till almost midnight, under a starry sky and a lovely warm evening. Our immediate neighbours bought us a lovely momento of all things local, beautifully packaged in a wicker basket. This weekend we prepare all of the boxes for the removal van, physically challenging work as well as emotionally draining. At least we know that our buyer has sent his money to the Notaire ahead of time, and we have the transfer of utility services all in hand. We even managed this week to successfully transfer our existing telephone number to our business associates so that we don’t lose any calls. All of the tasks are slowly being ticked off, but we are now looking forward to the next chapter in our French adventure, in the Vallée de la Dordogne. Peter Elias (Agent Commercial)

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Great renovation project

A renovation project with a lot to offer.
Comprising of a detached house with 2 rooms of 25 & 15m², plus a smaller room of 10m². 1st floor to convert with 2 rooms of 20m². The property sits at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, with no passing traffic or nuisances. Adjoining the house is an open barn of 40m² that could easily be incorporated into the living accommodation. The stonework in this barn is very attractive.
Outside there are attractive gardens of 563m² with a small outbuilding and a well. The property has water & electricity available, but does need a fosse septique, but there is plenty of space available, and the soil tests etc have already been carried out.
The village is little more than 5 minutes from the popular market town of Chef Boutonne, with its café pavement culture and good range of local shops & supermarkets. There is a good choice of regional airports and the coast is about an hour distant at La Rochelle.
Peter Elias Agent Commercial

Friday, 6 August 2010

Bargain properties

In times of difficult market conditions there are always times when some vendors are under more pressure than others, and their prices become very negotiable. This is when a buyer needs to work with their property agent, so that they know which ones are negotiable and which are pretty fixed on their price. Currently, we have properties raning from just over 120,000 Euros to those at around 500,000 Euros that are quite negotiable. Get in touch with your requirements and we can tell you which ones you could pick up at a bargain price. Happy hunting ! Peter Elias (Agent Commercial)

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Survive France Network

During recent weeks, I have joined a network called “Survive France” and found the people there interesting, helpful and able to communicate in words of more than one syllable, which seems a challenge on some forums in France ! There are a number of interesting groups on the network, such as the following :- Bloggers in France Computer corner Rural writers Photography club Business owners in France Music professionals in France Plus one of course for the Poitou Charentes There are many more, and you can start your own group. A great idea and one that I am more than happy to recommend to our clients.
Peter Elias (Agent Commercial)