Sharing France with you
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Happy BVI buyers
We spent last week filming around the sunny Dordogne, interviewing 3 couples who have bought a French property with the help of us here at Beaux Villages.
Watch the video to see how Clive and Trish are enjoying their new life in the sun near Bergerac.
Just look at that view!Read more ...
It shouldn't happen to an estate agent
In between viewing beautiful houses on glorious sunny days there are days when an estate agent wonders ‘why me?’.
Of course there are plenty of days when it all goes swimmingly but there are also days when you wonder why you ever chose estate agency as a career. Most of us wouldn’t change it for the world and there’s always a steady stream of good stories that make great conversation over dinner.Read more ...
Job opportunity in Bergerac!
Beaux Villages Immobilier is an award winning multi-lingual estate agent.
We operate a family culture online and from shops across the south of France.
We were voted Best Real Estate Agent in France and nominated Best in Europe for 2017/2018.
Our website picked up the same award.
We have vacancies for a few special people to join our team in a wide area around Bergerac.
We are looking for experienced hands-on sales managers and trainers.
You’ll need a proven relevant track record and to be fluent in French and English.
These are salaried positions
And we are looking for commission-only self-employed property consultants - with or without directly relevant experience. We need people-people more than we need hard-sell.
Two languages is a distinct advantage, however we have vacancies if you speak just one and have compensatory skills.
Head for the Hills
If good food, great views and spectacular countryside do it for you, put the Quercy region of south west France on your must-see list for this year.
Head past the Limousin and turn left at the Dordogne or the Lot et Garonne et, voila, there’s the Quercy. Easy on the eye, not so kind to the belt buckle, the Quercy was one of the provinces of France until the Département system was introduced in 1790. Now made up of the whole of the Lot and the northern half of the Tarn-et-Garonne départements it offers some of the most beautiful rolling landscapes to be found in France along with a renowned cuisine and some rather good wines. Two or three days in this region will give you the flavour. To really relish all it has to offer a week or more would not be greedy.Read more ...
Ryanair from Bordeaux and Marseille!
New jobs and transport options are coming to Bordeaux and Marseille.
Ryanair will install bases in Bordeaux and Marseille in 2019, meaning it will be easier to fly from France to a range of european destinations including the UK, Greece and Italy.
Bring on those cheap weekend trips, or if you live abroad you can come back more easily to see your family in France.
See our properties in Gironde.
Read more here
Why now is the right time to buy
All things considered, and there are many factors at play, some say now is a very good time to buy a property in France.
We’ll start from the assumption that you are coming from the UK, selling Sterling to buy in Euros, and are aware of the Brexit thing.
(Do you know what your Sterling budget equates to in Euros? Talk to our friends at Smart as a sensible first step).
The choice of property to buy is enormous.
This is principally driven by the time of year, as many local sellers launch their properties onto the autumn market.
Supply and demand means that motivated sellers in a busy market may be negotiable.
Let us help with that negotiation.
Integrating in a new land
We are installing our daughter in university in the north of England.
She might have chosen a French uni, or indeed one of many other countries.
But after 15 years growing up in France she is ready for a new cultural challenge and the ‘homeland’ beckons.
We set the immediate family a challenge: sponsor her something ‘quintessentially British’.
The submissions so far include:
Birds custard powder, Marmite, Heinz Baked Beans, Sherbet Dip, Cadbury’s....anything Cadbury’s.
And from Grampa - a copy of Pride and Prejudice.
There's life after la rentrée!
It's that time of year when life begins to return to normal in France.
It's called La Rentrée and the key signs are supermarkets full of felt pens and bright rucksacks and an equally bright and hopeful look on the faces of parents as the summer holidays come to an end.
August is notoriously slow in France, with vendors away and notaire's closed.
So we are delighted to report a record August for agreed deals in the this tricky month.
What might you as a buyer expect for September?
Tournon welcomes a cake shop!
Now I must declare an interest here; I am addicted to cake.
Chez Moi, opposite Beaux Villages Immobilier in the pretty hilltop town of Tournon d'Agenais offers much more than delicious home baked cake.
It’s styled as a tea shop.
Salads, cold drinks, speciality teas and ground coffee.Read more ...
Wake up to the Vienne!
A comfortable day’s drive from the channel ports can see you in some spectacular French countryside and has always been one measure of a property that is easy-access from the UK. Far enough south to enjoy considerably improved weather, not so far south that you start getting into the price hotspots (and baked countryside) of the Mediterranean. At 4 hours from Caen and 6 ½ hours from the Channel Tunnel and served by Limoges, Poitiers and La Rochelle airports, areas don’t get much more easy-access than the south Vienne. The high speed TGV train lines are also undergoing an update at the moment and, very shortly, the trip from Paris to Poitiers will flash by in a mere 1 ½ hours!
Come for the pretty hamlets, market towns and gentle scenery of rolling fields, river valleys and woodland. Stay for the long balmy summers, the measured pace of life and the delicious local dishes (and be prepared to let that belt out a notch!).
Whether it’s a holiday home or a whole new life you are looking for, it’s easy to make a compelling argument for this pretty, but relatively undiscovered, area starting with the array of properties on the market. For this reason Beaux Villages Immobilier has just opened the doors of its latest shop in the Vienne town of Charroux. Right next to the ancient covered market and opposite the remains of the Benedictine Abbey, the shop sits alongside a fabulous chocolaterie, should you need further encouragement to visit.
Charroux itself and the surrounding towns offer a great choice of good value town house and ‘lock up and leave’ holiday homes. An attractive rural renovation project with a good plot of land might set you back €40 000. For a habitable 2 or 3 bedroom village or town house think of spending from €70 000. If you’re looking for a permanent home with no work required, an investment of €160 000+ could secure a detached farmhouse with around an acre of land.
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