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