An historic residence, just minutes from Condom, set on the top of a hill in unspoiled rolling countryside enjoying breath taking views south to the Pyrenees Mountains.
(Names and locations have been changed for the sake of privacy)
Ben and Sarah were both successful. They lived in Dallas, Texas
Ben is a marketing director. Sarah is an interior decorator who imports antiques from Europe
They were of a certain age
They led busy lives. Busy but unfulfilled. They both agreed.
They both felt the urgency
To change. To add the missing piece…
Now was the time
They had vacationed in France many times and loved it.
Sarah bought pieces for her business.
Ben just relaxed along for the ride.
Mainly in the south west.
They loved the rolling green countryside of the Gers
The history of the region fascinated them
They got to thinking…
What if they bought a French property
A lovely manor or small chateau with some land. Secluded. With a view.
Preferably in the Gers.
Moving to France (or at least buying a second home there) was a dream they had held dear for many years.
They had the capital. They could do it. They would do it.
So they set to work…
They scoured the internet for suitable properties. They saw some they liked. At least, from what they could see.
They asked for more details.
Getting them proved harder than they had imagined.
French realtors appear to be a special breed of people. Nothing like the realtors they were used to in the States.
Neither of them had yet mastered the art of speaking French as well as they would like.
Which made communicating even harder.
Of course, they were new to the French real estate market.
They had a lot to learn.
They decide that they needed to find someone on the ground.
Someone who could give unbiased and informed advice. Someone who could help them avoid the unseen traps.
The focus of their research switched from properties to finding out more about how the French property market worked.
It seems that French realtors or immobiliers, as they are called, act for both the seller and the buyer.
A conflict of interest pure and simple.
And there is, find out how Ben and Sarah’s dream took shape, grew wings and became reality
How they found their dream home in the Gers
Rory Ramsden is a French property finder and buyer's agent working for high net worth private clients wishing to buy a chateau, manor or vineyard in the south west of France. He has lived in France for 8 years after spending time travelling the world on business.
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