What’s on the mar­ket?

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House­hunters are spoilt for choice with houses of all types and bud­get as agent Freddy Rueda ex­plains: “We ad­ver­tise prop­er­ties from €50,000 to €2m. Mostly you get vil­lage houses, vi­gneron’s houses (with large garage and out­side space) and bun­ga­lows with views. If you want to spend more, you can find larger prop­er­ties such as do­maines (es­tates).”

He says that you can find ren­o­vated vil­lage houses with out­side space on the mar­ket be­tween €120,000 and €170,000 while coun­try­side houses might be be­tween €250,000 and €400,000, de­pend­ing on lo­ca­tion and plot size, of course.

Views of the Med come at a price; Freddy es­ti­mates a good apart­ment with sea views will be for sale around €400,000 but you could also find a small villa with pool from €250,000 al­though the price will vary de­pend­ing on the lo­ca­tion, size of the land and pool.

“You can find ev­ery­thing from a tiny vil­lage house or for­mer wine­maker’s house close to the sea to new-build apart­ments by the sea,” ex­plains Claudia Göt­ting, a lo­cal agent for Leggett Im­mo­bilier. “You rarely find char­ac­ter houses at the beaches here. Stone houses and prop­er­ties with more land are mainly found in the hin­ter­land start­ing 20km north of the Mediter­ranean.”

The mar­ket is buoy­ant and both agents have seen an uptick in trans­ac­tions and a timid rise in prices. Some of Claudia’s clients are leaving the Côte d’azur to come to Hérault to es­cape the crowds. “A lot of French clients are buy­ing pri­mary res­i­dences for their re­tire­ment or hol­i­day home,” Claudia ex­plains. “We also have lots of Bri­tish buy­ing for a new life and a Brexit es­cape.”

So, why don’t you?

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