Some "off the wall" musings from the charente valley, one of the prettiest parts of France.
Buried deep are also some hints & tips on buying property in the area around Cognac & Jarnac.
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Wednesday, April 28, 2010
The mystery of the disappearing house
It sounds a little like one of the stories I read my children at night doesn't it.
Yesterday I was with a lovely couple who are selling their home just north of Cognac. They were telling me that when they were originally looking to buy over here they did lots of research on the internet from the UK.
They identified a really pretty house they liked and had lots of conversations with the agent about it to make sure it fitted their brief.
Sure enough it did, indeed it looked and sounded idyllic.
So they flew over to view it and turned up at the local estate agency at the appointed time.
In fact they arrived a little early.
So early that their guy wasn't in the office yet. They excitedly chatted to one of the other negotiators about the house they had come to view and he accidentally spilled the beans that it had been sold almost a year ago. They just hadn't taken it off the website yet because it was pretty and got people through the door.
A few minutes later their contact arrived and casually said "sorry, the house you were interested in has just gone under offer. Don't worry though, I have some other viewings lined up for you".
If I hadn't heard similar stories dozens and dozens of times before I might have been shocked.