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‘Try, before you buy’ - the classic romanticist’s answer to buying property in the South of France

3 February 2011

Even Prince Charming made sure the slipper fitted Cinderella first before he proposed. Would you buy a car without test driving it? Would you buy a ring without trying it on first? So why would you buy a house without living in it first? Our Try Before You Buy approach to buying luxury private villas in the south of France has proved to be the most sensible way to buy property yet.


Because it’s one thing to fall in love with Mougins and the surrounding area and want to buy the house of your dreams. But it could be an expensive mistake to rush into purchasing a property on the French Riviera that turns out to be not quite right for your needs.


You wouldn’t be the first. Plenty of people buy the first luxury property that catches their imagination and then discover that the practical reality of living too far from a supermarket or the combination of a two year old and a glass staircase is not as relaxing as it could be. That’s why L&F have created Try Before You Buy – an opportunity for you to slip into your dream property and try it on for size to see if it fits perfectly, before you make the final step to purchase.


You need to take time to find out the answers to the right questions. Is the swimming pool deep enough to dive into? Are the room sizes practical? Does the sun hit the terrace at the right times of day? Do you get road noise? But it’s hard to think of practicalities when you see a property that makes you go weak at the knees. So take it steadily. Like falling in love, it’s only after you’ve got to know a property well that you’re able to tell if you really are meant for each other. Of course, the medieval villages and towns around Mougins have inspired artists and writers for centuries with sea views, deep forests, sunsets, stone buildings and cobbled streets. But is this the stuff of fairytales or of happy modern living? Once you find one of our properties that you really like, we recommend that you rent it for a few weeks and live in it to see if it works well either as an investment property or for you and your loved ones. Get to know its strengths and weaknesses, adore everything it offers or decide it’s simply not for you.


We’re here to help you as much as possible. But at the end of the day, it’s your choice. So ‘Try before you buy’ and rent before you dent your finances with a contract that takes a lot of time and trouble to unravel. We want all our customers to be 100% happy and experience shows us, that living in your property before you buy it, is the only way to make sure you’ve made the right decision. So whether it’s an elegant seafront apartment, a luxury villa set in the hills or a charming townhouse in a village perchée, try renting at any time of the year. If you go ahead with your purchase, we’ll give you the full sum of your rent back – no matter how long you’ve stayed. You can buy the place you love and have some extra money to put towards your purchase costs.


L&F are a luxury real estate agency based in Mougins in the South of France (http://www.riviera-luxury-villas.com) . Email us on marketing@riviera-luxury-villas.com or call us now on +33 4 92 28 18 62 to discuss the property that’s caught your eye. The only way to be sure you’ll be happy ever after.