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#1576 redwine

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 05:52 PM

http://www.republica...re-aux-encheres

Le Republican Lorrain
4/3/12

Hameau à vendre aux enchères
Hamelet for sale at the auctions.
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Abandonned over a number of years,despite several failed development projects.
An entire hamelet in the Haute-Vienne is going to be put up for auction once again!
The 19 buildings in the abandonned hamelet of Courbefy in the Haute-Vienne.
Has aroused the interest of'' international investors' who are going to fight to buy the site during the next auction on the 21st of May starting price 330K.
The last auction that was held on the 20th of Febuary not a single offer was made minimum price 300K
A last minute offer was made (after the auction) last wednesday this means that a new auction can now be held on the 21st of May.
Its the company called AHAE Press inc from New York.
According to there lawyer its an artist from Japan who also has a future exhibition in Paris at the Louvre entitled "Through my Window" from the 23/6 to 23/7/12
The local auction house judge said that he has recieved enquiries from
Spain
The Middle East
Belgium
UK
China
Paris
The ex-owner still owes 500 K to the bank credit agricole
The new owners.

IMHO The myth of the foreign buyer is still alive if anyone really wanted to buy this ghost village then all they have to do is to contact the bank!
Worth noting that on another link french tv want to make a reality show there.

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 09:46 PM

http://immobilier-re....over-blog.com/

Ninon Ingrid and her sad life of an estate agent 7/3/12
Imaginez que vous étes agent immobilier.........
Imagine that you are an estate agent..........
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Imagine just like children do when they invent games you will be an estate agent.
Not only do you want to work in an agency but you are honest as well.
One morning you go to work with an agency that has offered you a job.
You take over a 'portfeuille' of property that is already for sale.
As of 9am and as soon as you sit your bottom down on your chair in your office.You have to contact your clients.
Seeing as you are new to the job and full of good intentions you promise to contact all of the clients.
Yes,but how?
Simple you pick up the phone and telephone the vendors and buyers.
The classic way you make appointments to visit one or several properties for sale.
This may appear to be very simple but in reality it is not.
You are there to sell.
In front of you an unknown client who has sent a mail asking for a fast visit at a house.
Seeing as you are new to the job and you don't want to make mistakes.
Such as not bothering to contact the client.
You make a point of honour to satisfy the client.
Send a mail or leave a telephone message with a timetable of visiting hours.
At the end of the morning your week is already full 10 visits with possible future buyers.
Your aim is to visit 7 properties a day and you have already decided that this job is easy.
Only three hours of phoning and you have already reached your objective for the week.
Your soul is satisfied and you can already smell the sweet smell of your fees.
Now its off to lunch.
Unfortunately the problems soon begin with your return from lunch.
Your first appointment is cancelled.
The future buyer spoke to her husband and he said that he does want to visit the house that she selected.
You say well its part of the job.
So you look at your mails and discover that the visit for tomorrow morning at 10 am is also cancelled why?
The client has already bought elsewhere.
Never mind just bad luck but he told me at 11am today that he hadn't found what he was looking for at 2pm he now says that he has found a property.
The next day again no luck.
Due to illness
Car broke down
Family problems.
Divorced in less than three days.
Happily the bad clouds go away on Thursday after-noon.
Your clients are there waiting for you.
You wanted to cry because you were starting to lose all hope of showing a house for sale.
The Visit.
You hear negative words of "We have not already sold our house"
"I don't want another loan"
"The new car bought on credit"
Unemployment and job-centres
Misery ,your fees fly away.
21 days in the job and 200 phone calls .
Not a single sale.

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 06:17 PM

http://logement.blog...nce-demain.html

Liberation 14/3/12
Avec ou sans toit
With or without a roof

Expulsions le drame recommence demain.
Evictions the drama starts (again) tomorrow.

As of 6am today the evictions of those who have not paid there rent to there landlords and this year its also public as well as private landlands can begin.
The winter truce ended on the 15th of March .
There was a total of 158,329 evictions in France in 2010.
Private landlords who bought to rent often with tax reductions now want there investment back.
Its for there retirement .Also social housing are also evicting they want the cash.
The link above gives a list of various 'help groups' who and you never know may help those who are facing eviction in France.

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 07:31 PM

http://www.lavoixdun...erque-sui.shtml
La voix du nord
The voice of the north. 13/3/12

Les prix de l'immobilier a dunkerque suivent une tendance.
The price of property in Dunkirk follows the trend.
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Property
In Dunkirk the "for sale signs" that are flowering in the town are now a new topic for conversation.
So how is the market getting on today?
We asked a few questions.
Is there more property for sale?
No replies an EA who works for the agency C21 but we have to advertise the property that is for sale.
Says Olivier Dujardin;
The 'for sale' signs that are today 'flowering' in the town outside of houses and on the balconies of flats.
Since the end of the 'free adverts newspapers' such as Top Annonces.
Today everything that is for sale is on the web a revolution.
But this makes everything "invisible"
There is not more property for sale but it takes time to sell.
Before 1 and a half months today 4 to 5 months.
The stocks are rising and future buyers are spoilt for choice.
After 5 months on the market and even over a year.
When the property is not sold the price is to high.
The vendor has to drop his price.
Not so easy for those who paid a high price.
Is it the time to buy?
The vendors say " I won't give away my property"
The buyers say "I am not in a hurry"
Property over a 150K is very difficult to sell.
The banks are refusing loans.
Prices are not going down say the local EAs.
Although they have fallen by 20% in the last three years.

BTW not on the link there are over 800 properties for sale in the Dunkirk area.

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 04:13 PM

http://www.ladepeche...eur-valeur.html

La Depeche 15/3/12
Ariege
Avec le depart des Anglais ,les biens ont perdu jusqu'a 40% de leur valeur.
With the deparure of the English ,there property has lost up to 40% of its value.
Interview with maitre Barbe notary.
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How is the property market doing in the Ariege?
That all depends upon the areas.
The Dept is made up of four big areas.
The Low Ariege,High Ariege the Couserans and the Pays d' Olmes.
There are important economic factors to take into account.
The Couserans was kept afloat by the paper industry.Today there is nothing left.
The textile industry in the Pays d' Olmes ,but it has badly suffered.
The most sought after area is near Pamiers a town that is only half an hour from Toulouse.
A commune like Mazeres that is only 20 minutes from the motorway can de attractive,but you have to take into account the high increasing price of petrol.
Its obvious that the English who came here to buy 'holiday homes' and to open chambres d'hotes have massively left.
Often losing up to 40% of the price that they paid for there property.

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 07:16 PM

http://www.insee.fr/...sp?ref_id=14386

The above link is from the French stats agency INSEE
The information on the link was collected during the last population census.
Whats good about this link is that we actually have some figures instead of talking in percentages.
Les résidences secondaires in Poitou-Charentes in 2007.
A total of 108,300.
The total foreign owned for this region of four depts is 10,100
7,000 are British owned.
700 Dutch.
600 for the Germans and Belgians
A 100 or so for the USA and Ireland .
The rest are French ex-pats Italiens and Spainish.
Where are the British holiday homes?
2,370 in the Charente.
2,020 in the Charente Maritime
1,550 in the Deux Sévres
1,130 in the Vienne.
Also on the link there is a colour map of the region the dark green are the British not on the coast but inland in the rural areas probably from farming ,country backgrounds
They also own "old property"
41% of residences secondaires in France were built before 1915.
So who owns all of these second homes?
Well on average 57% are owned by the locals only 15% are from Paris
Whats the point of a local having a local second home?
They are often inherited property.
They continue to pay local taxes and they keep it in the family.
Also on the link.
The Dordogne 31,300 second homes
The Gironde 57,500
A foreign owner is not considered for tax as somebody who is not French .
Rather those who pay there income tax outside of France but they pay local property taxes.
The residences secondaires are not just holiday homes there are also alot of local familys who inherit and keep the properties in the family.

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 05:23 PM

http://www.letelegra...012-1643224.php

le telegramme 24/3/12
Immobilier 2011 Le marché soutenu par la fin d' avantages
Property 2011 The market kept afloat by the end of tax advantages.
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In 2011 the property market in the Finistére was 'doped' by tax advantages.
This year and its election year;The notarys deplore the lack of visibility.
Without a surprise the average price of property in the Finistére has remained below the national average.
The dept is out of the way and wages are below the national average.
Says Didier Lemoine president of the Finistére notarys.

Brest
We expect that prices will take a decade to go up again.
Brest is above all a town of flats with relatively low prices.
29% of owners of flats are under 30 years old and 18.5% for houses.

Quimper
Prices for flats have increased by +3,1% but houses have fallen by -1,4%.
Average age of the buyers 43 years old (44 years old for the dept)

Littoral (coast)
A mainly residences secondaires market.
West coast -20%
North coast +16%
With price falls due to new property taxes.
South coast back to 2007 prices.

Centre Finistére
The lowest prices for houses in the dept.
The British who represented 30% ten years ago today only account for 6%.

2012
The atmosphere is morose the crisis is to be seen everywhere.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 05:23 PM

http://www.sudouest....-675647-773.php

Sud Ouest or south west 1/4/12
Chateau a projets
Chateau for projects

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Built after 1850 the chateau Dentomas is today looking for a new buyer but not just any buyer.
The last owners an english couple with two children put the 22 room chateau up for sale five years ago.
They even came to see us says the village mayor.
They wanted 1,5 million euros!!!
I didn't even bother to mention them at our local council meetings!
With a population of only 360 and a local budget of 200,000 euros the property was out of our price range.
However i kept an eye on the property.
It was up for sale with an EA in Biarritz price 1,2 million euros.
The chateau was finally sold to a buyer from Paris for 750,000 euros with a 50% price drop.
I found out who the buyer was and it turned out to be a development company.
They wanted to build a hundred houses in the 6,5 ha park of the chateau.
These were Dutch houses for a future private "Dutch Village"
I put an end to this straight away and with the help of the regional g'vt we bought the chateau for 750,000 euros.
We now have just until 2014 to pay back the loan and we have already paid back a 150K
However it will cost 1 to 1,5 million in renovation costs.
We are now looking into several projects such as a "rest home " or "retirement home" but not a "Dutch Village"

IMHO This goes to show just how how much power a local mayor has in France.
The village with a pop of only 360 now risk facing local tax increases.
He doesn't like the Dutch as well.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 06:27 PM

Everyone remembers Hurrican Xynthia that devastated the west coast of France in March 2010, killing people as they slept in their beds in their seaside properties built without proper planning permission and below sea level. The survivors were surprised by the rapid response of the government in the form of Philippe Berre who got reconstruction efforts underway with a rare efficiency. French officials normally take months to lift a finger. But this latter day Robin Hood was too good to be true. A call to the prefecture revealed that they were still sitting on their arses drinking coffee and the man was an imposter.

But no ordinary imposter. Berre had already been involed in 19 similar operations, including building a Motorway extension in 1997, a story immortalized by François Cluzet in the film "In the Beginning"

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1198385/

Berre faces up to 10 years in prison, his crime seems to be more showing up the French state for the bunch of incompetents that they are.

http://www.lejdd.fr/...?from=headlines

Xynthia: the crook who did good

Already sentenced for having a fake stretch of highway in 1997, this manipulator will be judged Thursday for leading illegally cleanup of a charentaise town after the storm Xynthia.

We knew "Roger Martin", the fake site manager who led the construction of a motorway section in spring 1997 in the Sarthe. An amazing news story became a movie, The original, directed by Xavier Giannoli. Here "Philip Lebert," the false charge of the Department of Agriculture responsible for the work of cleaning the common Charron (Charente-Maritime), partly devastated by the storm Xynthia in March 2010. Behind these two aliases, one single man, Philippe Berre, 55, who will play Thursday the second great role of his career crook before the judges of La Rochelle, where the repeat offender liable to ten years in prison.

The judges will begin the morning of March 4, 2010 when a tall man in khaki jacket Charron has arisen in a 4x4 of the National Forest Inventory (NFI). "He told me he was sent to coordinate the work of cleaning and it is placed at the disposal of elected officials," said Jean-Francois Faget, the former mayor. "I had no reason to doubt him." For four days, the so-called Philippe Lebert uses false "requisition slips" to order from a dozen companies two bungalows for PC crisis, twenty trucks and construction equipment and cleaning of hectoliters fuel ...

"We even saw three tanks escorted by gendarmes, laughs the former mayor. This guy had a great assurance." Philippe Lebert will even accompany officers during inspection of dikes! The man nevertheless raises the suspicion of the mayor when he is about to commandeer two cold rooms to store some food donations. Prevented, the prefecture sends cops catch this "Lebert". They discover that his vehicle falsely "plated" was stolen from Manosque (Alpes de Haute-Provence).

"This guy needs treatment but no one wants," says Jean-François Faget. "He has done in a week that the State would have done in a year." The slate of 67,423.88 euros, it, was offset by the compensation fund of the storm. "Companies are not civil party and there is no harm," exults Mr. Vincent Vanraët, counsel for Philip Berre. "He has also not benefited from his actions. He just wanted to help people. He needs to make himself useful."


Philippe Berre, hustler big heart? The psychiatrist Gerald Alloy, who examined him after his "bewilderment highway" does not believe it: "It's not a Robin Hood. It is above all a crook who does not feel shame or guilt. His enjoyment comes from the seduction and manipulation of others. People do not interest him. " A view shared by Lawrence Lèguevaque, the magistrate who was indicted for false starts Sarthe but for the diversion of 4,000 euros for the unemployed. "His obsession is to be a builder, it allows him to exist, to leave a trace", the former magistrate analysis.

Originally from Paris, and divorced father of two children, Philip Berre have worked in construction before sinking into mythomania. Falsified paperwork, hotel rooms and restaurants ... Philippe Berre unpaid thirty years in total 19 convictions, mostly for fraud, trickery, impersonation, breach of trust. "At night, he finds himself alone with his lies, it is a fake and poor life," sighs Lèguevaque Lawrence. Especially trying to escape from himself, the man with dozens of aliases has embarked on an endless flight, sometimes hampered by the prison. "There is no family, no friends and he has a huge need for recognition, argues Mr. Vincent Vanraët. The media coverage also gives him a certain pleasure." Stern, psychiatrist Gerard Allroy believes that the film Giannoli has not helped to ease this pathological liar. "With Xynthia, he said he would do even better."

Jean-Pierre Verges, special envoy in La Rochelle (Charente-Maritime) - Le Journal du Dimanche

Saturday, March 31, 2012
Philippe Berre Published in leJDD



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Posted 05 April 2012 - 12:35 PM

He doesn't like the Dutch as well.

No, they might bring too much incomprehensible honesty, hard work and herrings to his constituency.
If you want to know what the next political move will be, ask yourself what will suit the banks, and behold, the answer will come to you.

The Credit Crunch :
The logical financial outcome is deflation. The logical political outcome is inflation. (Thanks to Injin 21st Sept 2008)

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 05:16 PM

No, they might bring too much incomprehensible honesty, hard work and herrings to his constituency.


TBH it all depends upon how you look it ?
Imagine that this village which is only 15 kms from the beaches is in the UK.
A foreign company want to build a village for foreigners who do not speak your language in your village in the UK !
What would be the local reaction to this?
The Dutch with there cannibis coffee shops and window prostitutes not forgetting that as soon as they see the sun they also become nudists;
Walking around with there parts hanging out and then getting p*ssed and shagging behind a bush more or less within public view.
What would be the local British reaction ?
Answer they would not want these foreigners in there village.

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 05:35 PM

But no ordinary imposter. Berre had already been involed in 19 similar operations, including building a Motorway extension in 1997, a story immortalized by François Cluzet in the film "In the Beginning"

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1198385/




I did not know that you were a fan of the French actor François Cluzet.
Just for the info "In the Beginning" or just to give it its French name.
"A l' origine" the film was first shown in the cinemas here in France on the 11/11/2009

Having said that i can understand why you have become a fan of this French actor.
His recent and massive box- office success with the film called the "intouchables" where he plays the part of a rich man who is handicapped.
Over 19 million French went to the cinema to see this film.
I now understand why you are a fan of François Cluzet.

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 11:45 AM

http://www.ladepeche...-trois-ans.html

La Depeche du Midi 15/3/12
Le Lot est engage dans une logique de baisse des prix depuis trois ans.
The lot is engaged in a logic of of price falls since the last three years.

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Phillippe Soublis manager of 'Quercy Property' says.The price falls that have been going for the last three years will continue.
The residence secondaire market has badly suffered due to the fall in spending power of the English.

So what is the current state of the property marker in the Lot ?
In the dept and just like in any rural dept.We are now engaged in the logic of prices going down.
After the crisis of 2009 we saw a sudden brutal stop in the market.
With prices going down by 20% then 10% and followed by 15% for 2010 and it will be the same for 2011.

The residence secondaire market
This market is very important for us but due to the fall of the pound this has had a major impact on the market.
The English who want to leave have put alot of property up for sale but the number of buyers have fallen.
As for the local buyers they live on very low incomes.

The Future.
Due to the ending of interest free loans for buying old property.
The future buyers will just build new houses for a 100 to a 150K.
This is common sense and its been like this for the last three years.
To sell you have to sell at the market price.
I have a vendor who has a property thats been up for sale for the last six years.
There is also lots of renovation work to do and if he wants to sell he has to accept to drop his price.

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 05:20 PM

TBH it all depends upon how you look it ?
Imagine that this village which is only 15 kms from the beaches is in the UK.
A foreign company want to build a village for foreigners who do not speak your language in your village in the UK !
What would be the local reaction to this?
The Dutch with there cannibis coffee shops and window prostitutes not forgetting that as soon as they see the sun they also become nudists;
Walking around with there parts hanging out and then getting p*ssed and shagging behind a bush more or less within public view.
What would be the local British reaction ?
Answer they would not want these foreigners in there village.


Hmm, judging from this post I suspect your knowledge of the Dutch is restricted to stagnights in Amsterdam.
If you want to know what the next political move will be, ask yourself what will suit the banks, and behold, the answer will come to you.

The Credit Crunch :
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 12:42 PM

http://tvmag.lefigar...-bienvenue.html

Lefigaro 25/4/12

Perigord une "invasion" anglaise bienvenue.
Perigord a welcome english invasion.
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The english love France and have a deep respect for her says Steve Mason.
A retired ex-pat who lives in the Perigord.
Apart from the beautiful county-side the warm weather the houses we also appreciate your cooking your culture your "savoir-vivre" and your good manners.
A 100,000 subjects of her majesty live on our soil.
30,000 in the Dordogne and the Lot and Garonne.
Not forgetting the Germans who are also present in the South -West although alot less in numbers and other immigrants from the north of europe such as the Danish and Dutch.
Some talk of an invasion others say that its good for the economey.
In 2005 according to M.E. Leclerc.
He said "Over the last 10 years the Dordogne has seen its population increase by 6,000 english and 1,600 dutch.
They buy abandonned houses and farms and renovate them.
They plant trees and flowers and they fill up there shopping trolley !
In 2009 the business chambre Franco-Britannique in Periguex said that there are 600 active business men in the region.
Jerome Betaille mayor of Eymet population 2,652 says that 15% of the populaton are British or 398
A few facts
The English own an estimated 4,6 thousand million pounds in French property or 5,65 thousand million euros.
Since the year 2,000 they own 51,000 houses.
The number of permanent residents in France is 100,000 (INSEE)

IMHO a good article that shows some real facts and figures instead of talking in percentages.




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