Things to look for and ask when looking at a property, and the area/commune administration

(Glenn Beavis) #1

Good evening all.
After just been given the news by a mortgage company, that we will be ok for a small mortgage to purchase a property in France and the “mortgage in principle”, I can go ahead and book viewings.
It has taken a while to get more to the right moment in time for some thing to fit together.

We are planning a short 8 day holiday, property viewing and getting to know the area better and some general sight seeing, so we are off to Normandy, below Vire, and slightly to the West of Saint-Hilaire, and East almost as far as Gorron.
I have read up on quite a few things to look for / ask, of the immobiliers. Something i would like to understand about the reports that communes file. Some communes run a debt , and although the current taxes are ok…you think that in a short while they will have to charge a lot more to get recover from that debt. Does anybody have experience of this in their own commune ?

Anything else that i should be asking, of an estate agent …anything at all… as we probably haven’t thought of it.

Oh , not that this has any bearing really, we are driving own car , to visit areas and explore the local surroundings

many thanks.

0 Likes

(Peter Goble) #2

We live in Sourdeval, Glenn, 13 km south of Vire and in an outstandingly progressive and well-managed commune that is a magnet for people from Tinchebray, Gers and Vire itself.

There is a very attractive property almost opposite our own on the market at €100 k reduced from €260 k. It has a large well-maintained garden and orchard and is within walking distance of the town centre and its remarkably well-resourced amenities. It lies at the head of the beautiful and historic Vallée de la Sée, and is surely worth a visit. The property is at 36 ave Maréchal Foch and we are at 43. Pop in and say hello, you will be very welcome!

1 Like

(Timothy Cole) #3

One of the things I would check is that a decent internet connection is available be it landline, 4G or fibre optic which is now being rolled out across the country.

3 Likes

(Ann Coe) #4

That is a must Tim…I should know as I am still ‘unconnected’ at home at the moment …

0 Likes

(Michael Archer) #5

Wondered where you were, welcome back :smile:

0 Likes

(Glenn Beavis) #6

Good morning Peter,
Soudeval was an area I liked the look of a good while ago now ( and that hasn’t changed), we discovered a few areas we also like “on paper”, along with property that we like the look of.
We both really liked a property in St-Clement-Rancoudrey, but alas it has taken us so long someone snapped it up - i thought someone would.
Thank you for the invite, if everything to plan, Jane and I would love to pop in.
We will be overnight to Caen, and arriving at oh my god its early… on Tuesday 23rd, and will be foraging around the area for 4 days , before coming northwards towards Saint Lo…so that may be a good time to say hi. ( that would be Saturday i think )…if not viable sure a different day would be fine :slight_smile:

0 Likes

(Glenn Beavis) #7

Thanks Tim, very good idea :slight_smile:

0 Likes

(Warren Joiner) #8

Servitude’s and rights of passage is a good one to ask about, also look at the cadastre & ask why if you have many parcels / plots. After all you don’t want to wake up one morning & all the local farmers are queuing up to drain water from the well in your backyard.
https://www.cadastre.gouv.fr It’s also a good idea if in any doubt at all, to get your land marked out by a geometre if not done so.

1 Like

(Glenn Beavis) #9

hmmm a very interesting point or two, and also give me other ideas; thanks Warren.

0 Likes

(Warren Joiner) #10

Continuing with servitudes make very sure that if you have any land no-one is currently exploiting it or has the right to do so even if it’s a verbal contract i.e runnng sheep / cattle etc or cutting hay, cutting wood etc etc.

1 Like

(Glenn Beavis) #11

mmm thanks Warren, think i may have to look at some clauses, if info is absent.

0 Likes

(Ann Coe) #12

Still unconnected Mick despite a promise for it to be up and running by now !

Thank goodness that I can go to a friend’s house to collect my e mails, especially important during this time…

1 Like

(Paul Norris) #13

Been here in the Auvergne since 2006 …

Plenty of info already put out but my twopenceworth:

Check the likely weather for all four seasons - varies with altitude.
Check all local amenities.
Visit the Marie and ask about your prospective property and land rights/access.
Check any fosse septique and epandage history
Check if it is a flood area
Tour the local area and see what Farming/industry is local - it could be noisy, smelly or lots of traffic.

Bon courage!

0 Likes