I’d like some advice please from you kind, helpful people
about selling my house in France. My
apologies for the long essay!
I returned to the uk over two yrs ago due to a very
close family member here being ill. who died a few weeks after my return. Hence
my lack of thank you posts to all you kind people who helped me so much for my
return, bringing cat back etc, for which I apologise and owe you a huge debt of
gratitude. I’ve been trying to sell by various methods ever since. Some people
I know in the village, whom I shall call A, have the keys and are showing people around as
I have long-standing illness and am unable to go there.
I’ve been trying to sell on Leboncoin for a few weeks.
Near 6,000 have viewed the ad and a number of people have messaged me. Some people
have asked numerous questions and eg asked for photos of the basements and
attics, and although I have answered (truthfully!) with what they would seem to
wish the answer to be, such as are you on mains drainage, answer yes, and also
where appropriate sent further fuller info on the house to that in the advert,
either I don’t hear for them again or they come up with more increasingly
bizarre requests for info or they visit and complain that there is work to be
done, which is clearly specified in the ad and fully explained in the info I
send them. Few people give their name or any other details, though some have written
simply asking me to phone them on a mobile number, no name. One even messaged
me saying she wanted to see the house in two days at a certain time, then wrote
again almost immediately saying she had meant the day after at a different time
and to phone her and when she was phoned denied that she had stated times and said
she was too far away to view the house at short notice and terminated the
conversation. Some replies seem to me to be from scammers.
I have had an ad on pap for around 6 mnths and the
only responses on that have been a very few emails to which I have responded
but never hear again, tho again seem to have given them the answer they were seeking,
or numerous calls from estate agents who
pretend not to be, but it emerges that they
are later in the conversation. The ad tells estate agents not to contact me.
I’ve been trying to sell since leaving France. One person
after another in the village where the house is has led me to believe they wanted
to buy it but after long delays proved to be time wasters with no intention of
doing so. A notaire gave me an estimation before I left, at a ridiculously low
price, and 40,000 euros less than a much smaller house on his website that
needed lots of work, so I didn’t engage his services. I had an estate agent at
one time but that went very badly with the sale, for a ridiculously low price, falling
through after the compromis was signed.
Some months ago I contacted agents in three towns nearest
the house and only one replied – by email, just about three words, almost
illiterate, ignoring questions I’d asked, just saying he wanted to visit the
house to do an estimation. I then decided to take matters into my own hands and
went with pap, advised by a very helpful man there, who also set the price,
which I have since reduced by 40,000 euros, just to sell, which is way below other
houses for sale in the area, even smaller ones. As pap didn’t bear fruit, a few
weeks ago I did the ad with Leboncoin, with the results above. For obvious
reasons I haven’t put in the ad that I’m no longer living in the house.
Due to my experiences with messages on Leboncoin I am
naturally wary of people who message me with no name etc given and ask for my
phone no. Today I had a message on Leboncoin from someone who gave no name,
asking numerous questions incl how high is the livingroom ceiling, could be run
a business from there, and asking for my phone no, and when I replied as best I
could, apologised that I couldn’t provide all the info he needed and asking for
his name, I had a very abusive reply, saying in effect that he thinks I’m a scammer.
I shan’t reply. That comes in a week when I had water pouring into the bedroom
of the house I’ve not long bought, the next day a burglary and this evening the
security light going on again. I have a very debilitating and tiring illness
and am spending all my time replying to Leboncoin and pap messages and calls, to
I’m now thinking of putting an ad on ebay uk, which has a section
for French houses, and listing it as a classified ad, cos I can’t find definitive
info on listing any other way and don’t want to run the risk if it inadvertently
going as a bids ad and selling for £1!
I know the French don’t like doing work on a house,
but why are they looking at mine which is about 300 yrs old and I have clearly
stated the work needed (though much has been done and by French artisans to the
norms, new roof, rewiring incl, tho I don’t expect to anything like get my
money back) if they don’t want to do work? I can only put it down to curiosity.
“A” being involved isn’t ideal, tho I have little alternative, particularly as,
eg, he said I should reduce the price to an incredibly low price as another
house in the village has sold recently as the vendor reduced the price to next
to nothing. I suspect that his attitude might be colouring viewings, tho I have
told all potential buyers that all questions must be directed to me.
Where do I go from here? Anyone else had similar
experiences with pap and Leboncoin? Anyone used ebay uk? I know that houses in
France take a long time to sell and that the current circumstances and uncertainty
obviously aren’t helping, but I must at least keep trying and do seem to have
had an inordinate number of timewasters.
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