If you’ve been thinking about buying a house in Languedoc – particularly in the Aude – this is definitely the time.
- November is traditionally the time sellers rethink their prices
- The market has been, and continues to be slow
- Good selection of properties for sale in all price ranges
November is traditionally the time that unrealistic prices are adjusted by property sellers in the Aude. There are aways people who test the market, list at a high price just to see if the property will sell. Usually they put the property on the market in January, aiming at the February half-term buyers.
By November when they haven’t had any offers, and in some cases not even any viewers, reality hits and they lower the price to a reasonable level.
This year, 2006, the market has been slow. There was a rise in activity early in the year but things slowed down by the end of June and they haven’t picked up yet. Normally there’s an increase in activity in September and October. This year there was a bump in late September and early October but it didn’t carry through the month.
There’s a good selection of properties on the market right now, whatever your budget.
Over 1,000,000 euros – it’s a buyer’s market and there are some wonderful properties.
Domaine near Laredorte
Over 400,000 euros – also a buyer’s market with some terrific development, restoration and renovation opportunities.
Renovated farmhouse, pool, barns to develop, near Salles sur l’Hers
5 br Maison de Maitre with 2 br apartment in Lagrasse
200,000 to 400,000 euros – there are some lovely homes on the market in the 240,000 to 270,000 range. Ready to move in, you don’t have to do a thing. Nice gardens, some with pools. Good vacation rental potential. Village houses with gardens are in the 200,000 to 230,000 euro range.
4 br Villa with large garden, near Limoux
4 br village house with court and garden in the Razes
3 br villa with large garden, pool, and garage, near St Hilaire
3 br house with cave and barn and large garden near Limoux
135,000 – 200,000 euros – Some well renovated village houses with terraces at the low end and some with courts and gardens at the high end.
3 br villa with garden and garage just south of Carcassonne
2 br townhouse with garden in Carcassonne
2 br village house with court and terrace 15 minutes west of Carcassonne
Cave, barn, and garage, to convert, with garden, near Lagrasse
100,000 – 135,000 euros – Plan on doing some work. Lots of houses but few with outside space.
except this one – renovated 3 br house with roof terrace near Homps
Under 100,000 euros – Some nice lock and leave vacation properties although it’s almost impossible to find anything with outdoor space. If you’re willing to have work done it’s still possible to find properties to renovate although usually they don’t have much in the way of outdoor space. Sometimes you can make a roof terrace, a good option for a vatation home.
2 br apartment in converted chateau, 20 min north of Carcassonne
Bijou 1 br village house near Lagrasse. Separate garden on edge of village
2 br village house in Montlaur, in the Corbieres, small court, cave
3 br house with samll court in the Corbieres. Possibility of roof terrace
Something for everyone. If you’d like more information about any of the properties please e-mail me.