Spring Arrivals

It’s official- spring has definitely come to the Deux– Sèvres, it’s arrival signalled by longer, sunny days, vibrant spring flowers and clouds of blossom. Joining the tree frogs, butterflies and spring lambs are other visitors. The higher temperatures and Easter break mean that lots of holiday home owners make their first visit of the year in spring. For us, it means the chance to welcome back our clients – many of them now also friends- and a busy round of preparations as we make sure that houses and gardens are looking at their best after the winter. It’s a hectic time as grass and weeds begin to sprout and the spring sunshine shows up every cobweb and speck of dust. At this time of year, we don’t make a move without consulting the PPS diary and, looking ahead, I note that we’ve already got entries right through until the middle of September. We’re certainly not grumbling though, it’s good to get out and about after the quieter months of January and February.

On the property finding side, things are also starting to get moving as potential buyers arrange trips to look for their ideal home. Although the swallows may not have arrived just yet, we’re seeing an increasing number of purchasers journeying from the other side of the world to buy in France. Last Monday afternoon saw me out and about in the lovely little market town of Ruffec to meet with a client from Melbourne who was looking for a traditional cottage. I know from speaking to colleagues that increasing numbers of buyers from Australia are looking to buy now to take advantage of the exchange rate between the Euro and the Australian dollar. Like my client, many of them are drawn by the traditional stone -built properties, mild climate and unspoilt countryside of the Poitou Charente. So….diary at my side , it’s time to ‘spring’ into action.

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