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The Cost Of Owning Property In Languedoc, France

“Dear LIOS staff, I’m not just impressed but literally amazed.

“I wrote in with a silly question (I admit it) in broken English (English is not my mother language). Lief replied to me personally and exhaustively within three days!

“I’m just a reader of your free newsletters, I’ve never attended any of your conferences nor bought any of your publications, but Lief took the time to answer me even when he was in DR preparing for the incoming conference.

“This is really what I call work ethic, as rare as a white fly, especially these days.

“I wish I could meet you in person someday, just to shake your hand and offer you a glass of wine.

“My best wishes.”

–Giacomo C., United States

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“Kathleen, I just came back from Languedoc visiting St. Chinian and Cessenon-sur-Orb a week ago. I think you are misleading your readers with cheap housing in those both villages. Yes you can find very inexpensive houses, but I can tell you there is a lot of work to be done to get them to an American standard—electricity, plumbing, windows to be replaced, heating (unless wood-burning fire is enough), wallpaper in each room and forget the colors!

“You have to love the rustic. The stairways are narrows and steep. Most do not have garages. The newer houses are very expensive, more like US$150,000.

“I love both those villages. And they do have a certain cachet, but a lot of American like their comfort, and a house on four stories with just one room on each floor with narrow stairway is not for everyone.

“The area is gorgeous, plenty of charm, fresh air from the mountains. I will move there next March. I do not want to put a damper on your writings, but your readers should be more informed about those villages.”

–Noelle D., United States

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