Australians Venture into Property in L’Aude.
In February 2006 Helen and I purchased our first village house in
Avenue de Malbec in the wine making village of Montlaur in the Aude.
We chose the Aude as the climate is so much like Provence but without
the high price tag. The region also is the largest wine growing area
Originally we found the house on the internet and it was our favourite, based on price and condition, and it was the first home we visited and of course ultimately the one we purchased a week or so later. Lot’s of wallpaper but 3 bedrooms and very habitable (even with the dust).
Satisfied in the purchase we traveled home to Australia eagerly awaiting all the necessary paperwork to be completed and sent to us.
In the meantime however, as I have a keen interest in real estate in the Aude (don’t know when to give up) I continued to check all the usual sites and I found, in the same village, a property in Grand Rue with terrasse, stables and a barn. Even more interesting it was with Sam the agent we purchased our house through.
Immediately I rang Sam and she thought we would not be interested (we had commented on the home when we saw it in the village), being her thoughtful self, as we had just made the other purchase through her.
After seeing lots of photo’s and having a builder look at the property we decided to be devils and make an offer sight unseen. Now mind you we had experience already with the first property with the confidence we gained of the buying process and our fabulous Notaire we felt quite secure in buying again but over the net.
Things moved along quite smoothly with Sam co-ordinating all the necessary paperwork with our notaire and documents being sent by email etc.
By the end of June we were the proud owners of 2 properties in Montlaur. Whilst at that stage my wife Helen had been back to the Village and had seen Grand Rue, I would have to wait until the end of September for my chance to see what we had taken on.
To be continued …