will tell you that it’s “location, location,
location” when choosing a real estate property. For me, it’s romance first,
then location. I may be splitting hairs, because location is a part of the
romance of choosing a property that will appeal to expatriates buying
international properties. Let me tell you what I mean.
La Bruyere, nestled amongst the Dordogne sunflower fields, means "The Heather"
I want to
fall in love. It’s that simple. I’ve found 14 properties in three European
counties to present to buyers interested in owning equity in fractional shares.
I’ve learned that if I am smitten, many buyers will feel a heart tug also.
Here’s what I do when I’m looking.
online, not just on real estate agency sites, but on websites all over the
world looking for European homes for sale. I also approach owners who rent
their properties to learn if they are interested in selling. My online search
criteria include words such as “charming,” “historic,” “stone,” “beamed
ceilings,” and “village home.” I look for pictures of flowers, balconies or
terraces, windows and light, castles, vineyards and historic sites. Only after
my heart has begun to sing softly do I consider location.
heart starts singing, I address practical issues such as location and amenities. Is the property in a lively town
with the necessary stores, a bakery, market, wine shop? Is the neighborhood
appealing? Is there a lively sense of community? What about parking? Can it be
accessed by public transportation? How near is it to a train station and an
international airport? Is it affordable? Will it require renovations and
decorating? After necessary changes, will it be a good investment for my
Historic Gumstool Hill in Tetbury, UK
questions can be answered positively, then I study the town’s culture and year
round activities to learn if they will be appealing to expats. Because I’m
outgoing, I can learn quickly how citizens of the area respond to me and my
questions. You see, I want the fractional share owners to feel comfortable in
their new town, as well as their new home.
Lively Place aux Herbes in Uzes, France
St. Etienne Uzes kitchen came fully equipped. Copper pots and
pans, yogurt makers, Nespresso machine, dumb waiter to
also about the amenities that fractional owners find in their international
homes. When I visit a house for the first time, I am looking for a property
that has or could be remodeled in a style that will appeal to the expatriate
buyer, typically those from Canada,
Australia, the United States, New
Zealand and Great Britain. For example, my
buyers want a full size refrigerator and stove, WiFi, a washer if not a
washer/dryer, and newer bathrooms. For example, St. Etienne in Uzes, France
had already been updated by it
previous owner with an international flair, while Le Muguet in Vers Pont du
Gard needed both an updated kitchen and bath.
How to fit a washing machine in space to
the left of the fridge?? Practical decisions...
Romantique, n'est-ce pas?
Casa Leone, Italy
designing the interior of each fractional ownership property, I think of the
balance between good taste and personal taste, since the properties will be
owned and shared by four to thirteen different owners.
So far, most of properties I have bought are in
villages and towns. I strive for a decor in each of these homes that is
sophisticated; not over the top, urban sophistication but country chic. I like
the charm of original floors,
antiques, rugs, art and wall hangings found in my travels in the countryside, flea market gems.In other words, romantique!
The Clockworks, England
St. Etienne, France
a nutshell, a very small nutshell, that’s how I seek out opportunities for you.
Year and may your journey’s be joyful!
For a free one hourconsultation or more information,
please write me at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call: 1-585-412-4904.
sold: a share of Le Muguet, Vers Pont du Gard, near Avignon, France.
The extent of my Italian language skills is embarrassingly skimpy- "ciao, bene, and parlese ingles" prominent among them. Notwithstanding, this trip is one of the highlights of my fractional ownership journeys.
These were my thoughts after buying this fabulous home near the Pont du Gard, Uzes, and Avignon in January 2010. Please join me and my friends as we work our magic transformation from March 27-April.