No one knows the area like a lo­cal es­tate agent. We asked Mar­cel Sava­jol of Mar­cel Immo for the in­side track on Lozère

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A prop­erty agent cov­er­ing Lozère gives their in­sider knowl­edge

How much are the cheap­est and most ex­pen­sive prop­er­ties you have for sale?

Prices can be any­thing be­tween €30,000 to €1,000,000. Ob­vi­ously, the houses go­ing for €30,000 need lots of work.

Can you tell us about the typ­i­cal ar­chi­tec­ture of the area?

There are four main ar­eas. Cévennes in the south has lots of houses built with shale stones, and you can also find old silk barns that are typ­i­cal of the area. In Marg­eride, houses are typ­i­cally made from gran­ite. The win­dows are small, in order to pro­tect from the cold in win­ter, and there is the typ­i­cal fire­place made of stones that we call ‘ can­tou’. Gorges du Tarn is an­other area, where you will find lots of houses made with shiny peb­ble from the River Tarn. Lozère is a some­what rare area where you can still find very old houses, that we de­fine as dans son jus (mean­ing it’s still in its orig­i­nal con­di­tion).

What sort of bud­get does your typ­i­cal Bri­tish buyer have?

UK buy­ers tend to have a bud­get be­tween €100,000 to €200,000. It usu­ally de­pends on whether they want to do work to the prop­erty or not.

What do they tend to want to buy?

They are in­ter­ested in typ­i­cal houses; what we call char­ac­ter houses in France. The sur­round­ing en­vi­ron­ment is also im­por­tant to them – the view, the gar­den, and they also like to be close to a small vil­lage, near to lo­cal ameni­ties. Some of them are will­ing to un­der­take lots of work on a prop­erty, and they of­ten plan to carry it out them­selves. Mean­while oth­ers are look­ing for farm­houses with the in­ten­tion of liv­ing there all year round.

What is the prop­erty mar­ket in Lozère like at the mo­ment?

It is very dy­namic and, with spring and sum­mer hol­i­days ap­proach­ing, there is a greater de­mand for sec­ond homes. Lozère is at­tract­ing more clients who are ea­ger to come and live in a nat­u­ral, pro­tected en­vi­ron­ment.

What are your pre­dic­tions for the prop­erty mar­ket in the com­ing months?

Lots of our clients are look­ing for sec­ond homes, so the next few months are go­ing to be busy. The out­look for 2017 is good due to low in­ter­est rates, con­fi­dence in in­vest­ing in the French prop­erty mar­ket, and the re­turn of UK buy­ers. It’s a very good time to buy!

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