Wine, wander, and wise choices: Ruud’s blueprint for Southwest France living

In the latest episode of the Just Jump Podcast hosted by Ben Small, we had the pleasure of hearing from Ruud at Disc Immobilier. A seasoned expert in the real estate market, Ruud shared his journey from a specialised educator in Holland to a successful estate agent in the serene landscapes of Southwest France.

From reeducation centres to real estate

Ruud’s story began in 1996 when he moved with his family to Saint Antonin in the Southwest of France. Initially, he established a center for adolescents with difficulties, drawing from his experience as a specialised educator. However, challenges with the foundation’s board led him to transition into the real estate business.

Choosing quality of life: Ruud’s decision to move to France was driven by a desire for a better quality of life. He emphasised the lack of space, nature, and overall life quality in Holland, prompting his move to the beautiful countryside of Southwest France.

Real estate in Southwest France

With over two decades of experience in the real estate market, Ruud highlighted the unique aspects of the region. The market caters to a diverse audience, including retirees and individuals seeking a quieter, more spacious lifestyle. The properties range from charming townhouses to renovated farms with ample land.

Why Southwest France? Ruud recommended Toulouse as the ideal airport to fly into, with convenient access to the region. The area offers a plethora of outdoor activities, including canoeing, climbing, caving, paragliding, mountain biking, and hiking. The region’s varied landscape and active lifestyle options make it a haven for those seeking adventure and tranquility.

Real estate trends and future outlook

Discussing the real estate market trends, Ruud acknowledged the recent price stabilisation. He attributed this to factors such as interest rates and international influences. The market caters to a demographic of individuals in their 50s and 60s, seeking a change of pace and a fulfilling lifestyle.

Diverse community and cultural blend

Southwest France boasts a diverse community, with residents from various nationalities, including English, Scottish, Dutch, Belgian, American, and Australian. Ruud highlighted the harmonious blend of cultures, emphasising that people come to the region not for wealth or beaches but for space and an enriched quality of life.

Final notes

Ruud from Disc Immobilier provided valuable insights into the charm and allure of real estate in Southwest France. Whether you’re considering a move, a property investment, or simply exploring a different way of life, this region offers a unique blend of tranquility, adventure, and cultural richness. As Ruud aptly put it, it’s not about getting rich but about embracing a fulfilling and idyllic lifestyle.

For more information or to reach out to Ruud at Disc Immobilier, you can contact him at [email protected] or call +33 5 63 68 27 50.

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