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Mazamet: Being Gazumped & Hot August Real Estate

Okay, so we weren’t actually gazumped – I just like using that word. An apartment came up for sale in the building across the street (Residence du Haut Languedoc) and someone got an offer in before us. It was accepted. So we’re on the waiting list in the unlikely case anything goes wrong with the sale. Anyway, I’ve finally got around to convincing Mike we should continue to invest in Mazamet, so that’s progress. Letting money sit in the bank at the interest they pay these days is insanity.

Now some interesting news not yet available anywhere else …! Another house on the Boulevard de Lattre de Tassigny is up for sale. A very polite elderly woman lived there, she used to spend a lot of time at the downstairs window – and said hello every time I passed it. She fell ill about six months ago, was taken away and never returned home. Now the place is up for sale at an incredibly low price (perhaps to pay for a nursing home?)

It’s number 13, the house with the provençal green shutters. Not one of the bigger houses in the area, but an excellent address. The house needs updating, but is in generally good condition. When we first arrived and the trees weren’t yet blocking the view I peaked inside – from an upstairs bedroom, using the zoom function on my good camera 😀 The rooms aren’t big, but flow nicely into each other with a good central hallway. It’s got a nice compact garden.

The asking price is €150 thousand and it’s for sale here. This is the only agency it’s listed with at the moment. From what I’ve heard (for a quick sale) the owner will take 133k + there’s the 5% agent’s commission and then notary fees.

Here’s the garden side (facing south)

 

And now as seen from one of our guest rooms

And here’s the cadastre so you get an idea of the street, we’re labelled Our house, and number 13 is marked with the red star.

 

 

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76 comments on “Mazamet: Being Gazumped & Hot August Real Estate

  1. john zande
    August 2, 2018

    133!? That wouldn’t buy you a toilet in SP or Sydney

    Liked by 1 person

    • The Pink Agendist
      August 2, 2018

      Or London, or Paris, or Madrid!!!
      Even for this town it’s a great price. From what I’ve heard the family doesn’t live here and just want a sale asap.

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      • john zande
        August 2, 2018

        Then step up and *help* them out 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

      • The Pink Agendist
        August 2, 2018

        I don’t have the energy, it’s just too big a project. I’m up for maybe a small apartment per year, ideally 2 bedrooms. Definitely not a big house that’ll need a new kitchen, maybe new bathrooms etc.

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      • john zande
        August 2, 2018

        I don’t have the energy,/em>

        Sorry, I forgot you’re 116 years old 😉

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      • The Pink Agendist
        August 2, 2018

        We’ve spent the past 3 years doing up 8 apartments and this house! From purchase to new floor-plans to execution. There are still two closed spaces in building II because I haven’t had the energy to make them into homes yet 😛

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      • john zande
        August 2, 2018

        Oh I know, I know, the calluses must be the size and texture of rhinoceros’s by now. Put your feet up, I’ll make you a nice pot of Da Hong Pao tea 😉

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      • The Pink Agendist
        August 2, 2018

        Bastard 😛

        Liked by 2 people

  2. acflory
    August 2, 2018

    Well? Are you or aren’t you? Maybe this was Fate nudging you. I love the fact that you could end up owning the whole street. :D:D

    Liked by 2 people

    • The Pink Agendist
      August 2, 2018

      Not this one. We’re sticking to rental homes for people on lower incomes. The part I’ve enjoyed most is trying to create a nice place for someone to live on a small budget. There’s something incredibly satisfying in creating something “from nothing” 🙂

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      • acflory
        August 3, 2018

        Ah, I see. -grin- Careful, Pinky, we might start thinking you’re on a mission.

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      • The Pink Agendist
        August 3, 2018

        A mini-mission 🙂 But yes, if I had the means I’d transform budget housing everywhere. Creating attractive spaces on a budget is possible.

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      • acflory
        August 4, 2018

        It is if you’ve got taste, a good eye and no fear of getting your hands dirty. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  3. Helen Devries
    August 2, 2018

    Nice interior from the pics… but I don’t fancy smaller houses on a street with much better ones across the road.

    Liked by 2 people

    • The Pink Agendist
      August 2, 2018

      Ha! I’m not going to lie, I have a terrifying competitive streak, so I know exactly what you mean 🙂 But I do think it’ll make a nice home for someone who isn’t pathologically competitive.

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  4. Osyth
    August 2, 2018

    It’s a fabulous buy for someone – the pics on Leboncoin testify to a place that will truly shine and with the added frisson of looking at an elegant triumph opposite. I’ll draw a veil over the possibility of the occupant of that same elegant triumph feeling drawn to his zoom lens to check on progress 😉

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    • The Pink Agendist
      August 2, 2018

      The height difference means I see their furniture and they see my ceilings 😀 The only people who can see into our house are the new neighbours in the 3 story Empire house.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Osyth
        August 2, 2018

        You know, in seriousness, if I weren’t in Massachusetts for the next year or so, I would actively consider the place as an investment. However, I am sure the lady who is now in nursing care would rather someone move in who is going to live in it so I will console myself with that notion. It’s always good when one has a height advantage (in whatever context)

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  5. Anony Mole
    August 2, 2018

    How’s the internet around there?

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Kris Jennings
    August 2, 2018

    Ooohhh, fabulous potential. Suddenly I want a house in France. Just so I can prove to the neighbors that size isn’t everything.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. karenjane
    August 2, 2018

    It’s certainly cheap. I love the hall floor & doors & the staircase. It’s a pity photos of the other rooms haven’t been posted (perhaps they are so grotty they’d put people off looking).

    Liked by 1 person

    • The Pink Agendist
      August 2, 2018

      They took the free ad option which only allows three pictures. If people email them I’m sure they’ll have more 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  8. makagutu
    August 2, 2018

    well, Pink, just place your bid. 133 ain’t a bad deal

    Liked by 1 person

  9. karenjane
    August 2, 2018

    Husband says house is too far from his work to consider, he could get a transfer to his firm in Toulouse but would need to work closer. A shame as I could have walked your dogs.

    Liked by 1 person

    • The Pink Agendist
      August 2, 2018

      They say once the new motorway is working we’ll be in commuter distance of Toulouse! 50 minutes or so 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  10. Hariod Brawn
    August 3, 2018

    Yes, well, the problem would be the neighbours, of course . . .

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    • The Pink Agendist
      August 3, 2018

      Especially if I’m on a manic-music day, then the entire street trembles because of the volume 😀

      Liked by 1 person

      • Hariod Brawn
        August 3, 2018

        Ghastly Grime or some such, one suspects . . .

        Liked by 1 person

      • The Pink Agendist
        August 3, 2018

        More like Jo Stafford, who’d be about your age were she still alive 😛

        Liked by 1 person

      • Hariod Brawn
        August 3, 2018

        Marvellous, her and Anne Shelton, both fine young songstresses. I should’ve been proud to have had either as daughters. This one rather puts me in mind of you, actually.

        Liked by 1 person

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  44. “the 5% agent’s commission” The story behind this listing is sad, tho. 😦

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  45. Sorry, I was about to say “the 5% agent’s commission” is common.

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