Buying blind: The US property hunters purchasing French homes without visiting

Property consultant Adrian Leeds
Property consultant Adrian Leeds © FRANCE 24

The number of homes sold in France last year fell by 5 percent, but property consultant Adrian Leeds has seen soaring demand from buyers in the United States. Despite the travel restrictions in place because of Covid-19, "they are very intent on finding homes in France", she told FRANCE 24. "What's happening is that literally our clients are buying sight unseen." It's a new departure for Leeds' business, which works with American property hunters. "This has never really happened before, not at this scale," she added.


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