Buying a house in France

Old Jun 17th, 2004, 05:47 PM
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Buying a house in France

We're interested in buying a house in the south of France...where do we begin? We've looked at magazines but most are British-based. Do we start with an agent and/or a real estate company. We've been doing the same in St.Martin but can't decide between there and France. Warmth all year appeals to us but the south of France is appealing for its own reasons too. And we'd have to come back to Canada frequently to retain citizenship and look after things here.
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Old Jun 17th, 2004, 05:56 PM
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Hoo Boy,

Wait until the Canadian Dollar improvesa little bit. Find a good real estate lawyer in Canada who has contacts in France.

Expect to spend a couple of years looking for a property.

Expect to spend 5-6 years improving the property.

Expect to spend big bucks.

You haven't seen "Under the Tuscan Sun" recently, have you?
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Old Jun 17th, 2004, 05:58 PM
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I just finished reading "The Olive Farm" , a story about a couple who buys a 10-acre olive farm in the South of France (near Cannes). Strongly recommend you read this excellent book.
 
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Baker, I found this for someone else. I hope it is of help to you.
http://www.frenchpropertyreport.com/

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Old Jun 17th, 2004, 07:00 PM
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Thanks guys for all of your help. Yes, we have seen "Under the Tuscan Sun". And yes, we realize it's big bucks and lots of time. Thanks again.
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Have relatives who live 1/2 year in Cadenet France, and 1/2 year in Phoenix. They say Cadenet isn`t too expensive, and taxes are cheap. it`s in Provence. I think they found it driving around but don`t know that for sure.
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Old Jun 17th, 2004, 07:06 PM
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Hi Baker,

Seriously, Have you considered renting for a month or two each year instead of buying?

It is much less hassle and could be cheaper.
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I own a house in France - what do you want to know? Buying is a breeze compared to buying in the USA. I have an article I wrote for International Living that details all of this. If you write to me at [email protected], I'll send it to you.
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Have you read the book "A Castle in the Backyard: The Dream of a House in France"? I found it quite entertaining and imagine it would be helpful for someone thinking of buying there.
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baker, having just bought last year, I have some recent experience too.

1. there are a couple of good web sites- Living France and Total France- which have tutorials on line.

2. I have a huge list of agents where you can look at their web sites. Email me for a copy. They tend to concentrate on the South West, rather than Provence, since that is where we bought.

3. You can start with an agent- we eventually got a very good one- but you don't need too.

Good luck.
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