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Re: Struggling to get agents to send details of property

@ Suein56

Th Op can ignore my advice if they like.....but it was actually the best advice they will get.

People are too blasé when choosing a dept, region, town, village and in particular a property in France which is why people get themselves into a mess. Nipping off to France this weekend to buy a house. Do people do the same in the UK ?

You are not going to do it in a weekend/week. It takes time because there are so many factors to take into consideration. Especially when you can't speak French.

If you don't think that is good advice then well what can I say.
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Mrs Jaye

May I be presumptuous enough to ask why you are restricting possible viewing expeditions to October and April and thereby exclude January and February?

If you can fit it in I would strongly recommend a visit between New Year and return to school and again at half term. This is when you are likely to see your chosen area at its worst - potentially deep in snow, half the houses unoccupied and the other half shuttered to keep out the winter, cold, wet and damp, no tourists or attractions and very little going on. If you can love an area then you will almost certainly love it all year round.
Andy

A European Rahinja.
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Re: Struggling to get agents to send details of property

Very very good point Andyh4 !!!

You are right. Go in Feb OP.

Also when moving with kids (which I did not realise when reading the thread) choose a good school first, then choose a house in relation to that. Just as important, make sure you are in the catchment of a good college and Lycee. Kids grow up fast. You don't want to move again.
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Re: Struggling to get agents to send details of property

French agents can be infuriating about giving the details you want.
They want to get you in their clutches so they can show you all sorts of place that they need to off-load, so they are deliberately vague.
I don't think I have ever had one who gave me a straight answer with the  specific information I wanted, often something as simple as which floor a flat is on; the sort of thing you would expect to be basic.

But then I have rarely bought through an agent.

The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.
- Bertrand Russell
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Re: Struggling to get agents to send details of property

MrsJaye wrote : Im put off by telephone as I dont speak french, however, I am learning.

If you have an idea of where approximately you want to be then for example inputting the postcode or town name into either www.leboncoin.fr or www.pap.fr. will give you some of the properties available in your preferred area.

Sue
Computing - it's another world
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Re: Struggling to get agents to send details of property

<BLOCKQUOTE><table width="85%"><tr><td class="txt4"><img src="/forums/completefrance-forums/cs/Themes/default/images/icon-quote.gif">&nbsp;<strong>alittlebitfrench wrote:</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="quoteTable"><table width="100%"><tr><td width="100%" valign="top" class="txt4">@ Suein56

Th Op can ignore my advice if they like.....but it was actually the best advice they will get.

People are too blasé when choosing a dept, region, town, village and in particular a property in France which is why people get themselves into a mess. Nipping off to France this weekend to buy a house. Do people do the same in the UK ?

You are not going to do it in a weekend/week. It takes time because there are so many factors to take into consideration. Especially when you can't speak French.

If you don't think that is good advice then well what can I say.</td></tr></table></td></tr></table></BLOCKQUOTE>
The trouble is that you might occasionally offer good advice but too often what you say is surrounded by uninformed bias. You are very arrogant when talking about your experience of living in France and perhaps it is different to the majority of English speaking people on here but because of that even the good points you make are often irrelevant.
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Re: Struggling to get agents to send details of property

Look at the web sites for the agents' offices that operate in your chosen area. If it is somewhere with a reasonably large U.K. population, especially the areas albfr believes he knows and hates, the majority of them will have English speaking staff, many of them actually British.
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@BinB

I will give you the same speech I give hundreds of times on French fora.

I am not arrogant, I am just not blessed when it comes to written communication. My brain works faster than I can write so it all comes out in a mess.

If you read between the lines, I do talk a bit of sense.

You on the other hand, you are just plain rude.
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