South of France Property

3 things to remember when buying property in the Languedoc Roussillon.

Over the last ten years the number of foreign property buyers purchasing in the Languedoc Roussillon region of France has increased dramatically and this trend looks set to continue for some time to come. Nevertheless property buyers who are new to the region need to be aware of a few things before they leap into abyss of property buying. There are some big differences in the house hunting process here in France compared to the UK and elsewhere and if you start prepared then it will save you some frustration later on. In this article we will look at three things to bear in mind before you start your property search.

Firstly you will probably start your search by looking at Languedoc properties on the Internet and this is perfectly natural. Do please remember, however, that the photos you see will only tell you a small part of the story. The chances are that no matter how good the photos they will not replace actually going and viewing the property. Internet research should really only be used to get a sense of what's available in your price range.

Secondly, and just to confuse things further, there can be a big disparity between the initial asking price of a property and the actual price the vendor is willing to accept. Unlike the UK ,where property is on the whole realistically priced, French sellers will often put their property on the market at a silly high price, hoping perhaps to catch out an unaware buyer who hasn't done their research. Again it is only by viewing a large number of properties that a buyer can really get a sense of what the going rate is.

Finally if you want to be taken seriously by a French estate agent then don't say you are looking for a property in the Languedoc Roussillon. The region is very large and this would be similar to declaring to a London estate agent that you are looking for a property somewhere in England! Before you start looking for a house visit the region and make a decision on which area or department you actually want to buy. If you are interested in two different areas then fine, but most agents work within a certain section of the region and will not waste their time if they think you are clueless about where you want to be.

You may, during your property search, get frustrated that France does not run the same way as the UK or the US. This is something you will have to adjust to if you are serious about spending a significant amount of time here and buying a property. Vive la difference!