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Cate Carn­duff shares her in­side knowl­edge of the prop­erty mar­ket in and around Dor­dogne

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

DID YOU KNOW? The type and size of Périg­ord houses de­pend upon the wealth and so­cial po­si­tion of the orig­i­nal in­hab­i­tants. Houses were of­ten mod­i­fied to be able to wel­come both the farm­ers’ fam­ily and their live­stock

I have just agreed a sale on a town house for €25,000. The pre­vi­ous owner lived there for most of his 93 years and ap­par­ently rarely had a spring clean so there’s quite a lot of work for the new own­ers. One of the most ex­pen­sive prop­er­ties is on the mar­ket for €1,890,000. This in­cludes an up-and-run­ning busi­ness and ac­com­mo­da­tion for 28 peo­ple. It has 45 hectares of land and a lake. There is also a pro­fes­sional kitchen, restau­rant and con­fer­ence room. Can you tell us about the typ­i­cal ar­chi­tec­ture of the area? To­wards Bran­tôme you will typ­i­cally see white lime­stone prop­er­ties built ei­ther from carved stone blocks from the lo­cal Paus­sac quar­ries, or small round stones that are stuck to­gether with the clay daub. Both styles tend to have a sim­ple, low-pitched roof cov­ered with red ter­ra­cotta tiles. Just to the north of us, the lo­cal build­ing ma­te­rial changes to darker coloured gran­ite or schist rocks and to the east, go­ing to­wards Ex­cideuil, you’ll start to see the yel­low sand­stone build­ings which are syn­ony­mous with Sar­lat. A lit­tle far­ther on to Haute­fort you will see red sand­stone cot­tages. What type of bud­get does your typ­i­cal Bri­tish buyer have? The Bri­tish buyer’s bud­get usu­ally starts at around €120,000. This would be for a client who wants to buy a small­hold­ing that needs work. Those look­ing for a per­ma­nent home in good con­di­tion usu­ally have around €150,000 to €250,000 to spend. For some­thing very spe­cial, they are of­ten will­ing to spend up­wards of €500,000. What do Bri­tish buy­ers tend to want to buy? A lot of the time Bri­tish buy­ers are at­tracted to the old stone prop­er­ties – gen­er­ally the more roses the gar­den has, the more they like it! How­ever re­cently there has been in­creased in­ter­est in mod­ern prop­er­ties. It is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult to find the ‘right’ ren­o­vated stone prop­er­ties and these mod­ern homes of­fer more man­age­able, and less ex­pen­sive, mod­erni­sa­tion projects. What’s the most un­usual re­quest you’ve had from a client? We all re­mem­ber a cer­tain el­derly Dutch gen­tle­man who ar­rived at the of­fice on his mobylette which had faith­fully car­ried him all the way from Hol­land. He was look­ing to buy a house and claimed to have the cash in his pan­niers. We showed him a few prop­er­ties be­fore wish­ing him on his way, con­fi­dent that we wouldn’t hear from him again. We just won­der if he re­ally did have all that cash on him! What is the prop­erty mar­ket like in Dor­dogne at the mo­ment? We have had a very good start to 2017 so we’re feel­ing quite op­ti­mistic. The va­ri­ety of prop­erty styles be­ing sold and the bud­gets avail­able have been very var­ied which I think is quite en­cour­ag­ing for ev­ery­one. For the time be­ing, prices are not mov­ing up­wards so it re­mains a buyer’s mar­ket. I think we should have quite a busy sum­mer; we are get­ting a lot of re­quests and ap­point­ments which is a good sign. De­scribe Dor­dogne in five words...

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