From shacks to chateaux. Walking around Jarnac, it seems a good third of all properties are for sale around here. In a town of 5000 people, we have six real estate offices to begin with and then in France something like half of all transactions are still done privately without involving a real estate pro.
Looking on Le Bon Coin (similar to KIJIJI) there are 227 listings in Jarnac alone, ranging from 22K for a piece of land, to 1,3 Million for a country manor outside of town proper.
It seems a lot of the sales are inheritance related, when family members cannot agree amongst themselves and sell out. Or simply do not want to renovate an old, outdated house.
People from Britain long time ago realized that life in France has it's appeals, moderate climate being one of them. I wonder if North Americans will be a future force of expats to come, or if life in Europe does not appeal to them as much as it does to others.
Is Europe too far? Are there too many questions and hurdles about living and working in France?
Compared to some overheated markets such as Vancouver or GTA, it sure cannot be the price.
Lack of opportunity? I don't think so. Plenty to do here, from renovations for unhandy guys like me, to hospitality businesses that generate a decent revenue, the ideas are endless really.
Maybe the realtors don't market to North Americans?
BARN FOR SALE
CHATEAU FOR SALE
ONE OF FOUR IMMOBILIERS AROUND PLACE DU CHATEAU
THE TOWNHOUSE NEXT DOOR 187M2, INCLUDING A SHOP
MY FAVORITE COURTYARD
DID NOT SELL AT AUCTION
LESS THAN $50.00USD/SQFT