Thursday, September 9, 2010

French Property News, September 2010

In this month's issue I describe the first part of my search for a working olive grove in the south of France, on behalf of an English couple planning a new life in their early retirement.

I have also written an article about the subtle art of negotating the price of a French property, when to take advice, doing your research on local prices and above all avoid pitfalls such as expecting that every vendor is prepared to drop the asking price by 10 or 15 per cent as a matter of routine. Above all, I advise against trying to bargain based on your ambition to buy something that you cannot afford - wanting a three-bedroom house for the price of a two-bedroom, for example.