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Wright French Properties



Lynn Wright is an estate agent working with GP IMMO (Groupe Pierre Immo), registered address 64 Rue Saint Desire 39000 LONS LE SAUNIER based in the Charente-Maritime, South West France. With an unrivaled commitment to customer care and knowledge of the real-estate business, Lynn covers the areas of Charente-Maritime, Gironde, Dordogne and the Charente.

Lynn Wright moved to France in 2006 after dreaming about it for over 10 years. She finally made the move to live her dream with her husband and children, and they chose the Charente-Maritime region.

They had looked in many regions near Bordeaux, including the whole of Poitou-Charentes, Gironde and the Dordogne and found this location to be fantastic. They are close to Charente, Deux-Sèvres and Vienne, and to Gironde and the Dordogne. Bordeaux airport gives them easy direct access to many cities in Britain and the rest of Europe and there are ferries from Great Britain and Ireland to nearby La Rochelle.

The temperate micro climate - over 2,400 hours of sunshine a year is about as good as it gets in Europe - with cooling onshore Atlantic breezes ameliorating the sun's warmth near the coast. Average temperatures vary from 9 in February, to 25 degrees C in August. There are beautiful vineyards, lots of local lakes with beaches - no tides, no currents - and super unspoiled friendly communities.

Lynn has always had a passion for houses and some of the local ones have loads of character and history. When they were buying themselves, Lynn and her husband realised that the local agents were not very pro-client. Quite often they would go to an agent and ask to see a particular property and be told, "that's not very nice you should see this one", which turned out to be shocking, not what they wanted at all. The agent who eventually sold them the lovely house they ended up buying had to be asked 3 times to show the property, as she "forgot" it was for sale.

It wasn't hard to decide that this could be done better, so Lynn decided to help others live their dream, listen to their needs, and introduce them to properties they might actually want to live in, in this beatiful and unspoiled area of S W France.

Lynn is standing by to help you find and buy the property you want and will help you through the stages of negotiation, conveyancing and settlement, with explanations, translations, and appointment of English-speaking Notaires. She can advise you how and where to open bank accounts and apply for a mortgage if required and get you advice on inheritance implications: the basic assumptions under French are are quite different to those under British laws.

Lynn's list is wide, and she has access to properties listed by other trustworthy estate agents, so a fully-comprehensive list of available properties can be explored. In due course she can help you settle in, find builders and electricians and the like, identify schools (the kids will adapt and adopt quicker than you will!), and generally get the connections you need to enjoy living in this charming part of France.

This superb area of South West France includes the regions of Aquitaine and Poitou-Charentes which together incorporate the departments of Dordogne, Gironde, Landes, Lot-et-Garonne and Pyrénées-Atlantiques, based around the Prefecture of Bordeaux, and Charente, Charente-Maritime, Deux-Sèvres and Vienne, centered on Poitiers.

There are regional airports in Poitiers and La Rochelle, Bordeaux, Toulouse and Bergerac with regular flights from Britain and Europe and regular ferries to La Rochelle from the British Isles. Both areas are well-connected by road and train services.

Poitou-Charentes generally has the most sunshine hours a year in France outside of the Mediterranean.  The summers are generally quite long, warm and sunny, though you can expect a few rainy days too, while the autumns are usually clear and bright. The winters can get cold the further inland you go, but they don’t last long, and you can often expect a warm spell in March or even February.  A region well known for the food and wine, it ’s not only home to cognac, but also the aperitif pineau  and some excellent local wine. The Charente Maritime has miles of long sandy beaches.

The region is equally and rightly noted for its great local delicacies too – for example cheese, honey, poultry, butter and snails – as well as fine restaurants, hotels, cafes and bars.  Then there is the sheer variety of things to do and see in the Poitou-Charentes, such as leisure parks, golf and beautiful towns and villages.  It’s divided into four departments – the Charente, Charente-Maritime, Deux-Sèvres and the Vienne – and each has its own charms, character and tourist attractions.

Aquitaine of course includes the fabulous wine-growing area of Bordeaux and some of the most spectacular scenery in France, but the regular visitor will enthuse about the clement climate and the 2,200 hours of sunshine each year, the atlantic coastline and the endless beaches, mountains, nature reserves, historical heritage with fortified towns and castles, the Belle Epoque elegance of the seaside resorts, the 18th century grandeur of Bordeaux, the paleolithic splendour of Lascaux and the ample evidence of the Roman and English eras. Did we mention the food? The fantastic local cooking, the locally-grown fresh produce, the traditional and the new, and all reasonably-priced.

"Aquitaine - you won't want to leave" is a slogan of the local tourist promotion board, and it is true that many people fall in love with the area and start looking for somewhere to stay on holidays, to rent or to buy, or somewhere to live full time, perhaps also with the prospect of a profitable property investment to manage and produce a small income.

Whatever your needs, Wright French Properties has the local knowledge of what's available, the ins and outs of the French property system for buying,selling and leasing property, how to mitigate local taxation and where to go to for professional advice, in English if required, and a canny idea of the traps and pitfalls that await the unwary buyer.

The site lists properties of all sizes and conditions, from run-down ruins that will provide scope for dedicated renovators to fully express their building skills, to the recently-refurbished 25-room chateau and 50 hectares of land for someone who justs wants to move in to something grand. Something for every pocket and purpose.

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Wright French Properties
36 Rue de Vassiac,
Montguyon
Charente-Maritime
17270
Tel:05 46 04 89 37 / 06 47 99 57 50
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