Interview

Still crazy about buying castles, Philippe Legoux real estate agent

Still crazy about buying castles
Philippe Legoux real estate agent specialist about buying and selling castles in Britain and Pays de la Loire, in France.

“I buy and sell old buildings. I like to think I am an ambassador for old buildings. Selling castles is something very special. You have to make them tell a story.” “I work exclusively in the Loire Valley and Brittany.”

“People will always be crazy about things that are old and rare. These are not ordinary clients. When you’re buying a castle, the visit is something very important. You can’t rely on a virtual tour like you can for ordinary properties. The meeting between the agent and the buyer is very important. To tell you the truth, I don’t think the buyer chooses the castle, but that the castle chooses the buyer. Our role is to make that happen.”

“For the last two or three years, the number of annual sales has dropped slightly, particularly because of skyrocketing prices. The price depends on the size of the castle, the living space and the going price for prestige properties.”

“The larger large castles are not more difficult to sell. It depends on the facilities they offer. Historial elements, such as décor, fireplaces, woodwork, etc. also influence the sales price.”

“Buying a castle has a strong heritage component and the tax breaks are excellent. But they only concern French buyers of course."

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