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What is the best season to buy a house in the South of France?

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Buying a house in the South of Francee, on the sunny Cote d’Azur. A dream, a long-cherished wish or a good intention to bring more quality into your life? Who makes the step for a second home on the Côte d’Azur, should first look how big the spending budget is, including legal fees. Are you looking for something new or for an existing home? Find some advice on additional costs and maintenance and determine your budget. Once you know broadly what you want, you can go  and look yourself or hire a local agent (hint hint). But what is actually the best time to buy a house in the South of France? Spring, summer, autumn or winter?

What is the best season to buy a house in the South of France?

Spring: much supply and many buyers

It is logical that in the period between late March and late June you’ll find more offerings in the real estate market on the Cote d’Azur. Each vendor has its garden in order, fresh flowers are out and the sun is warm. Due to this ideal sales situation, the prices at this time are the highest. On the other hand, there are on the Côte d’Azur also more rivals active. A selling owner or developer will not easily accept a low bid. In this period you can easily pay too much for an existing home. But if you hesitate too long, then the chances are that someone else buys the property under your nose for the asking price.

Summer: season of negotiation

Much quieter than the spring is the summer; a period in which sales activity in real estate on the French Riviera drops slightly. The transfer of sold property often takes place in the summer. This is because most agreements are already signed in spring. As a buyer you can take advantage of this situation. The slowdown in real estate activity in the south of France is actually a good time to negotiate. Moreover, there are fewer buyers active than in springtime. So you have less competition and you are not rushed to quickly make a bid too high.

Autumn: buy without competition

From September on, the number of real estate transactions reduces gradually. A great time to make an offer to purchase during the Indian summer and following months. If the seller puts extra pressure on you to decide quickly, don’t let them seek you crazy. It is in most cases bluff. You have all the time to consider the offer and to deliver this when you think the time is right. Exceptions, of course, prove the rule, but autumn is generally a good time to negotiate the price.

Winter: the perfect season to buy real estate in the South of France

Between December and February, the real estate transaction market on the Cote d’Azur is relatively quiet. This is traditionally a period of preparation and in which the seller must make a greater effort to find potential buyers. The winter months are also a good time to look calm and negotiate. Take the opportunity to ask for a discount on the sale price.

Not sure if you should invest in new construction or existing French Riviera property? Each property type has its advantages and disadvantages. For more information on new and existing offers that suits you and your budget, you can contact Living on the Côte d’Azur. We have direct access to the databases of almost all major agents and developers. With our seven days open service, we look forward to meeting you.

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Ab Kuijer

Experienced communicator and marketeer. Former radio, TV and advertising producer in Amsterdam. Author of ‘Think Small, Grow Big’ that explains why advertising is dead. Owner of an international marketing agency specialised in real estate. Lives in the South of France since 2006 for obvious reasons: sun, sea, wine and healthy food. Became on the Cote d'Azur the first Dutch President of the British Chamber of Commerce, later rebranded the Riviera Business Club. Happily married to Jojo. Ab reads and writes 2000 words per day about different topics.Living on the Côte d'Azur is the first real estate portal with a personal service. A daily fresh collection of more than 1400 high-value luxury properties and new construction projects along the French Riviera; from Menton to Saint Tropez. Clients recommend us for being responsive, professional, honest and accurate.With local multi-lingual teams, Living on the Côte d'Azur provides a 'Good old Dutch' Service for foreign buyers, helping them on the journey from a long-list selection towards visiting the short-list. We explain how French real estate law works, and guide the buyers through the impressive French paperwork and are finally present at the notary for the final deed.