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Buying property in Indre is likely to become much more popular, says Peter Howells of Jovimmo Immobilier, thanks to the department’s charming countryside and low property prices
Peter Howells shares his inside knowledge of the property market in and around Indre
How much are the most expensive and cheapest properties that you have for sale? The cheapest property we have for sale is a small one-bedroom house in the countryside for €18,000. The most expensive is a château with 22 rooms that’s priced at €750,000. Can you tell us something about the local architecture in Indre? There are a real variety of properties in the area, from old farmhouses dotted across the countryside to medieval half-timbered buildings in the pretty market town of La Châtre. There really is something for everyone. Apart from France, where are your buyers from? We get many people interested in our properties from both the UK and the Netherlands – the area is very popular with the Dutch. We also get enquiries from as far afield as America, Canada and even Australia. What do expats tend to want to buy?
British expats normally want a detached property in the countryside with some land around it. As this area is known for its lovely countryside, people who come here generally choose it in order to buy somewhere where they can get back in touch with nature. Although we do also have people who want to live on the edge of a town/village. Have you seen any impact on the property market since Brexit? The market did slow down a bit, but it now seems to be picking back up again. What’s the most unusual request that you have had from a client? I think when myself and my wife were buying here we probably had one of the most unusual requests… We asked for a property that would suit our cats (so no main road, nice garden etc.)! What are your predictions for the property market in Indre in the coming months? As I mentioned above, things are starting to pick up, so we’re expecting this year to be very busy. Once a relatively undiscovered department in central France, this area seems to be becoming much more popular. Why do you think people want to buy property in Indre? Indre has a really diverse landscape. You have the stunning Parc Naturel Régional de la Brenne filled with wildlife, the more agricultural area and forests near Châteauroux, the Creuse valley (it’s not known as the ‘Valley of Painters’ for nothing) and Lake Éguzon, where you can partake in a huge variety of watersports and other related activities. Plus, you get all of this with some of the cheapest house prices in the whole of France.