Rory Ramsden – Luxury French Property Finder & Buyer's Agent in south west France
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Your Own Dedicated French Property Expert in The South West

As a French property expert, I work in south west France as the exclusive representative of Home Hunts.

 French property expert | RR-8530677

Halfway between Perigueux and Limoges, near a town with all amenities,
in an area of 72 ha, this magnificent French chateau was been built originally built in the 15th Century. Then rebuilt in the 6th and 17th Centuries.
It stands on the top of a hill, dominating the valley and includes a river, stream, a lake, a Manor House, 4 cottages, and a lot of garages.
It would be a great opportunity to create  Golf club, or luxury hotel. Limoges is at only 1h drive, Bordeaux 2hrs

Home Hunts carry their own ‘Carte Professionnelle’ as all French realtors must. We only represent international private clients who wish to buy real estate in France. We do not act for French property vendors. We do not have a conflict of interest on this account or any other. We are careful to maintain the same arrangements with all the agents in our network.

So where should you buy in south West France and where?

1.    Within 30 minutes of Bordeaux

When you buy real estate close to Bordeaux, you have the best of all worlds. The culture, restaurants and shopping that the city provides.  High speed access to the international airport.  And, from 2017, the TGV/LGV will whisk you up to Paris in 2 hours non-stop.

BUT also being the country means you are in the peace and quiet. Away from near neighbours. Yet a few minutes from local shops too.  You can even choose to buy a small vineyard and make your own wine.

Businesses from the Paris region are moving offices to Bordeaux. Their staff can enjoy a better quality of life. Yet, the new fast train link means they can be in Paris to meet clients whenever they want. This fact alone is driving property prices.

For those looking for a solid investment, consider buying close to Bordeaux

NOTE: Bordeaux is in the middle of a 30 year development strategy. The city is transforming each area one-by-one.  It is the most desirable city for French people to live in right now.

2.    Dordogne

The Dordogne is a perennial favorite for international investors.  If you want to buy a B&B/Gite business or small hotel, you would do well to consider property here. The area is a busy tourist destination in summer.

Ask to see one of the many beautiful chateaux, chartreuses or village houses.  They make perfect permanent homes or vacation properties. If you have the know-how there are a few renovation projects to die for. Failing that,  we can recommend a suitable architect to project manage your renovation.

 3.    The Lot

The area around Cahors is beautiful. You can buy a Lotois property within minutes of shops with stunning views. Yet live in a perfect haven of peace and solitude.  This is an ideal spot to buy a second home but those with a commercial bent should consider the Lot too.

There is a distinct lack of good quality small hotels.

Buy close to St Cirq Lapopie, if you want to own a busy B&B or Gite business. Elsewhere, you could buy a village house which is also a profitable health and wellness business. They charge guests €5000 per week for a private ensuite bedroom during the season.

NOTE: It is within 90 minutes of Toulouse Blagnac airport with its international connections.

4.    Gers

Condom, Lectoure, Fleurance and all places between are popular with international clients. You can buy a country estate away from busy roads and other nuisances. Yet, you are within one hour or so of Toulouse with its excellent restaurants, shops and culture.

The airport has more international connections than Bordeaux Merignac because of the aerospace industry.

There are some stunning properties which would work either a permanent or vacation home.

Oh, if I only had the cash to spare…

5.   Lot et Garonne

The English built 97 bastides built during the 100 years war. More than half are in the Lot et Garonne which is also a popular tourist destination in the summer. Bergerac airport serves the area for the those arriving from London or Paris. Those coming from across the world use Toulouse or Bordeaux. Look around Castillones, Monflanquin, Fumel  and Villeneuve. They are all worth further investigation. You will find lovely manoirs, farm houses and small chateaux.

Location, Location Location

First choose your area. Then choose a country or village location. Finally consider how the main house is orientated. Remember in the summer, you will seek out shade. You may feel uncomfortable in the sun on hot days.

Make your search quick and easy

Working with your own dedicated French property expert in south west France will make quick and simple.

You will save time and money.

Searching for your ideal home could take months. You may make more than one wasted viewing trip. You may not find the right realtor to deal with for some time. Even if you speak French, contacting each one to chase information takes time. Don’t forget that 40% of French property sales do not involve an agent ever.

You will pay the best price.

In the current market, you can strike a good deal. But how do you know if the asking price is fair? How long has the house been for sale? Why does it seem more affordable than others? Why is one village more popular than the next? Working with an experienced French property expert will help you answer these questions and more.

You will buy in the right location.

As I live in the south west, I know the area well. This helps me to translate your search criteria into practical suggestions.

Things like travel connections and schools. Restaurants and shops. Micro-climates.  The different landscapes. Social opportunities. You will want to take everything into account. This helps you make the right decision on the right property at the right price.

And you will have practical help from beginning to end and beyond

The legal steps involved in the buying process. A fluent French speaker at your side. My little black book full of contacts. Mortgage brokers. English speaking lawyers. Tax experts. Even after you have moved in, you can reach me 7/7 to answer a question.

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About the Author Rory

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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