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