Monday, 2 June 2008
French Estate Agents in the Languedoc
The French estate agent was spluttering with indignation. ‘You’re suggesting I don’t know how to do my job’. I counted to dix and progressed to vingt. ‘I’m not suggesting any such thing, I’m telling you. But this was merely a thought you understand. Not that he comprehended anything. Didn’t want to. Arrogant oily uppity type. He turned up last December uninvited and persuaded us he had a client who just had to buy my house. ‘I’m not for sale’ I said. But His Lordship said it wouldn’t do any harm and the snake worked his charms and I ended up signing the paper. ‘Don’t you want to look around the property’? I suggested. For someone that was looking to pocket mega dosh if he procured a sale he might have shown a slight interest. He waved his arms around in an airy-fairy fashion and talked non-stop. I couldn’t get a word in edgeways. No need. Smartarse knew it all.
Not a very good day for taking pictures he commented whilst hurrying to get into his warm top of the range Audi. ‘I’ve got some very good one’s I said albeit through gritted teeth. He looked hopeful. ‘And details and measurements ‘? He snapped a miserable shot of the Chateau with the shutters all closed and the car parked askew outside. ‘Don’t put that on the internet’ I instructed him. ‘In fact I don’t want you advertising my house on the internet at all.
Never heard another dicky from him of course until I discovered my house on the market this week plastered all over an English Website advertising the Languedoc region. I wondered why the local Brits were chattering about me being for sale. With the photograph I had asked him not to use, with completely wrong details. And he wants 46,000 for doing nuts? I’m writing him a letter tomorrow only it won’t be suggestive. Apparently by French law he's entitled to have it on his books for a year.
I can see this house sale malarkey is going to be fun.
Meanwhile this picture taken last week from Le Chateau at 6am shows that the early bird see's far more than a cuckoo that stays in bed.
A good time to buy in the Languedoc