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  1. Oh dear that touched a raw nerve. I live in France, but I am not blinkered to some of the failings of France, at no point have I referred to the UK, with the exception that the vote for Brexit is a disaster, for all sides. The site is about house prices falling, that is true, and in France regretfully house prices do not seem to hold value. But this is a damned better situation than prevails in the UK, where it is a free for all with the youngest/poorest in society being left to drown. A dreadful greedy country. What is embarrassing is your arrogance, which only an agentimmo could possibly have in such circumstances. You, sir are a cad and bounder
  2. "Hoping quite a few British immigrants on the Riveira decide to head back to Blighty too" Oh agentimmo what a reflection upon your racist and unpleasant attitude. Something that should be consigned to history. I can say quite frankly you represent the worse kind of soul, an utter disgrace. On other matters Brexit is a dreadful outcome, not only for the UK but for Europe as a whole, the fallout is going to be dramatic, the roller-coaster has just started. Final thought, if I may, I have seen my two sons educated in France, some of their stories when they came home from school were not enriching. The attitude that prevailed towards people of other faiths and colour were difficult to stomach. Regretfully, this is now playing out in front of the rest of the world. I do not know how France will address these problems as they are deep and institutionalised. I fear for the future, France has a problem and must firstly address thes home grown issues.
  3. We are staying in Lot for a couple of months, house hunting. Every time we look we get put off by the volume of property on the market. It is overwhelming, yet the prices are holding. We were last in the area in March. Virtually all the same houses are on the market, all at the same price! I keep thinking one day, one day soon the dam wall is going to burst as this is unsustainable.This is the big problem, how to square the circle, why buy something today, when tomorrow it could be cheaper, in this case 10's of thousands cheaper. Yes, I agree, if we make an offer, having searched through the thousands of houses for sale I would certainly be thinking of a reduction of around 40%. However the estate agents and sellers mentality is not there, they are just not realistic. I get the point that the estate agents vulture like qualities will drive them to force the sale, but the sellers just don't get it. Here is an example from my direct experience. I know of property that has been on the market for 6/7 years, property that I would have brought if the seller had been reasonable, at the outset the selling agent told me the property was around 50k overvalued. So I made an offer taking off 50k. This was refused, by the end of negotiations I had upped my offer and was just 20k off the asking price, that was 6 years ago. The house is still for sale, the owner has reduced the price by, guess what, just 20k. You could not make it up. This exemplifies the total intransigence of many sellers. (Or plain stupidity, especially in this case as its an inheritance) Perhaps renting is the only way forward, house prices have got to fall. (every thing points in the downward trend, political upheaval, EU worries, stagnation, volume of property on the market, debt levels, bank lending etc.) I suspect by renting the savings against buying a house would pay for my rent and a good few holidays. I would welcome all opinions on my analysis, good and bad, thanks.
  4. I have met Mr. Flogit and what a horrible little man he is. I have used the services of Mr. Flogits company, twice, in both cases the properties sold via other agencies. Mr. Flogits agents valuations of my property were in the first case some 200000€ over what the property was actually worth and in the second case we told the agent what price we wanted to sell the property for, so they could not inflate the price. I have visited properties with representatives of Mr. Flogits company. Some could not speak French - to French clients, some did not know about basic building construction and some charming ladies attempted to encourage me to buy property by lets say being somewhat forward in their approach! Mr. Flogit does however have one of the very best websites, well the photos are good, the write ups are sometimes more than questionable. We are currently on a tour of France looking at regions that we prefer to live in. I am somewhat shocked at the state of many of the cities we have visited, it appears to us that the great crisis is really starting to impact upon the fabric of the country. Recent visits to Paris, Carcassonne, Bergerac, Narbonne really confirm this to us. I have never seen so many pot holes in roads, well apart from a recent trip to the UK, nor have I seen so many run down, decrepit buildings, I actually think the back streets of Athens are better. House prices will continue to fall in France, this process will continue for years to come, we are currently staying near Périgueux and all the cheap little one block thin boxes are going up all over the place, dreadful, cheap, tacky. Back to Mr. Flogit, of course the Charente is such an exciting dynamic place, so much happening there, beautiful but empty, it is however one step up from being in the Limousin.......I think! One final point, an observation, having lived in France for many years in 'sunny' Bretagne (not) it has been refreshing to meet so many pleasant people on our travels, I had heard stories of the Bretons being somewhat cold and unwelcoming (of course not all of them) and now I realise how true this is.
  5. Well its just not surprising, the country is so depressing. We have been here 13 years and all we see is depression. It is so sad, but the country is to anti-business. Creativity is surpressed, dull is the word that comes to mind when I think of France. This year I have travelled extensively in Europe, many of the countries I have visited are finacially in a worse state, yet they are more dynamic, progressive and creative. I fear for the future, without a dramatic change France is going to crumble, well in fact it is crumbling. Each time we visit our local large town a new shop has closed or is closing. There is no-one or nothing that can/has the inspriation to shake the system and turn it around. France is being strangled by the Euro, I am sorry to say but Ms Le Pen's views on France and its place in Europe are in fact true. Its so difficult to say as her actual true politics are so offensive. We spent sometime looking at purchasing a second home in France, but no more, it just not worh it. In reality prices are in continous fall, why buy a house, when next month its going to be cheaper, in fact why buy anything of substance when we are in the mist of deflation. And of course if you own a home, then you have effectively an open wound, to be bled dry with higher taxes, with home ownership in France there is no escape. For many the dream of a home in the sun has become a nightmare, I suspect this is a long slow road, prices will not recover for a considerable time, if they ever do. The 30 glorious years are long gone, the unique French social system is a car crash, why on earth would someone buy a holiday home here? Sorry to be so negative, but its the reality of life and living in France in 2014.
  6. Frankly anyone buying a house in France whilst this government are in power must be mad. Unemployment up, taxes up, sales down, crime levels soaring, thats my impression of France in 2014. The Brits have this rose tinted view of life in France, I meet many when I travel back to the UK on the ferries who still think they in the days of empire. I know of quite a few who have had their fingers burnt here. Loosing money, becoming isolated, depressed. Those programmes on the tele encouraging everyone to find a place in the sun have certainly got a lot to answer for. Better to rent in France and watch the house prices continue to fall, even for the new affluent Brits, having sold their overpriced hovels in the UK.
  7. Thats Bretons, not French! They are really very sensitive about their identity. Once on a trip 'down south' I was talking with a French lady, who asked where I lived in France, when I told her, she said, oh the Bretons, their like the weather there, cold, grey and miserable. I found myself agreeing with her.
  8. And further to redwine's post, here's a real nugget I just picked up on http://www.lesechos.fr/entreprises-secteurs/service-distribution/actu/0203158920220-les-notaires-ne-garantissent-pas-le-maintien-de-l-emploi-en-2014-633649.php In 2009, we sold our house in Cotes 'd Armor and purchased a much smaller/cheaper house, (so cheap that it would cost more to rent it than buy over just 5 years) we have been looking to buy a second house in France since then! Each year that passes we watch as the housing market slowly slips off the edge of the cliff. Transactions are dramatically down, in my opinion it is only a matter of time before we see dramatic price corrections. By the way, the agency who sold our house has just closed virtually all of their branches in Cotes d'Armor (Guy Hoquet), including the branch that sold our house, which actually confirms what redwine posted on the 29th. 2014 Is going to be one hell of a year for M. Hollande, his government and la France.
  9. We looked at a trip to Cordes sur Ciel, but then decided a trip over to Athens, Santorini and Sifnos was a better option. Staying in good hotels, with meals provided. The end result was we saved over 1000€ against a comparable booking in France and had a fantastic time reflecting on the wonders of the ancient Greek world. France has just become too expensive, the hotels are expensive and most do not offer breakfast, unless you pay through the nose, travel on the roads is a nightmare in season, with the cost of the tolls being just crazy. And of course not forgetting the dismal customer service offered in France. By the way looking to go away in the next couple of weeks, its cheaper for us to travel to Barcelona by plane from Rennes than travel down to the Tarn. Of course the hotels will be cheaper the climate better, so again we are going to vote with our feet.
  10. The only real drawback I can see to renting your way around Europe or the world is that you have no roots, so what happens about things like healthcare, tax, or do you keep an address with perhaps family back in your home country that can be used for such mundane (but utterly essential) things?
  11. Well thank God for the Resto Du Coeur then! It is totally unacceptable that people should find themselves in such a position and being the weakest in our society I would hope that my taxes go to providing rapid emergency intervention followed by a route plan as a permanent solution for these poor souls. Time and time again I read stories, or hear of people who are in similar positions, it really is quite unjustifiable that people who have fallen on such hard times should be left to the wolfs. The mark of a society is how it treats the most vulnerable in that society.
  12. But why has the local rag considered it acceptable to bring nationality into the issue. That is unacceptable as they have lived here for sometime now. These people may have been very naive, but letting them suffer and starve is plainly inhumane. Such articles are sadly not rare, they go a long way to explain why so many want to leave France, including those born in France.
  13. Wow this topic is as dead as the French housing market
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