Does Gazumping Happen in France?

In London the conversation at social gatherings inevitably turns to house hunting frustrations. There's always someone drowning their sorrows after just having been outbid by another buyer at the last minute. No surprise that the English adopted the satisfyingly resonant Yiddish expression gezumph to name the devastating experience of having your dream property snatched away by

French Property and the Free Search Myth

Author: Sophia Mose 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

How to Avoid Buying the Wrong House in France

House hunting is an emotional experience. There’s nothing wrong with listening to your instincts, as long as you know how to avoid buying the wrong house in France. Keep in mind that the moment you start searching, all your fears, longings and romantic notions about the world kick in. Emotions can easily get the upper

South Midi-Pyrenees Mountain Barn Conversion

Sometimes I wonder how anyone manages to buy a house in this region without using a property finder (buyer's agent). I've lived and worked here for many years, so know the agencies and the region inside out and still the process of finding and getting to view the right property can be like trying to

Côte d’Azur Property Search: Where to Buy?

As much as we might wish it to be different, the old cliché "location, location, location" is a prudent guideline to follow and the Côte d'Azur is no exception to this rule. Geographically big and diverse as it is, it’s just as susceptible to the ebb and flow of global economics as anywhere else and

French Property Search – Problem Properties

Author: Sophia Mose In a buyer’s market, house hunters have the luxury of being picky. Most buyers in France currently don’t really want to take on renovation projects and as soon as they find something negative about a house they skip it and continue the search for their dream house. Although I agree that certain

Best Resorts in the French Pyrenees – Bagnères de Luchon

Where else but in France can you enjoy city elegance and superb skiing side by side? It would be hard to find a better example of such dual luxury than in the beautiful Pyrenees town of Bagnères de Luchon. You can enjoy coffee on the sunny terrace of a chic French café, then jump into

Where Best to Buy in the Dordogne?

I have been a property search agent in the southern Dordogne for four years now and have visited countless properties on behalf of clients searching for their dream home. It never ceases to amaze me how very similar most people’s idea of a holiday bolt hole or permanent home in this sought after part of