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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

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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.

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