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Moulin.nl offers to search in many different types of property including the Manor type. For our users and advertisers it is not always easy to choose what type it represents. Manors are often Castles and Castles are often Manors whilst Manors can be Maisons de Maitre or Large family homes in a more contemporary setting.
Thus the Manor type name is also used for a more contemporary Maison de Maître in France or Mansion as it is known in most countries if it concerns a larger realty estate.
The Mansion or Manor as we know them today is always a large residential of office building located either in an urban setting or countryside setting, recognizable by its fairly rectangular structure. Their construction period found its height during the 19th century after the French revolution. A Mansion or Manor was always related to an economic function in the region from where the owner would manage its workers. Many of the very large dwellings in most countries have been converted into large comfortable and prestigious office buildings as they often became too costly to maintain.
The name "Maison de Maître" is mainly used to describe a large house of charm and stature.
Until the French revolution, a Manor or Mansion would typically belong to families of nobility and many have been deprived of their land, castles or manors during the revolution to benefit the upper middle class. Mansions, Castles and Manors became the comfortable statues of wealth for a new era of economic developers in wine making, agriculture, industry and horse management. As modernisation, such as construction of sanitation and electricity, brought about very high cost for the owners of large properties, they were often forced to sell and move to smaller urban properties which then became the modern and more comfortable alternative of housing.
Mansions, Manors, Maison de Maitre and Country houses or estates were mainly used by and built for regional notables and larger business owners as well as wealthy farmers.
These large houses were functional as primary living accommodation for their owners and family as well as larger office accommodation. The interior design of these large properties was efficient for managing both a hierarchy of private and office functioning.
A Manor was most often the residence of a lord. Early, mainly 14th and 15 century, built Manors (or castles) were fortified houses with visible non-intrusion elements such as huge, wall deep ditches and large platforms. Yet not meant to be used for military purpose.
To make a distinction between a Castle and a Manor is not always easy. Before the French golden age (19th century) Manors were usually the center of a farming related activity.
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The 'For Sale By Owner' (FSBO) option to advertise is typically executed via a preferred Property Portal website and is usually a pure online activity in exchange for a payment that can vary anywhere from around €100 per annum to €3,000 for a fully serviced listing and marketing campaign. But let Moulin.nl surprise you!
Using a listing agent can be relatively costly and also varies from country to country. In countries where it is more common to appoint an estate agent with an exclusive sales mandate, the commissions are usually lower and typically between 1% and 2% ex VAT.
In many countries though, like Spain and France for example, residential homes are usually sold by way of a non-exclusive mandate where commissions will be anywhere from 3%-5% for higher priced properties and even up to 10% for properties with a list price of under 100,000. Property owners often extend non-exclusive mandates to be listed with a few regional and also more internationally oriented agents or portals which can often lead to a portal showing the same property at different prices and sometimes even different locations.
The 3 options that residential property owners have for selling their home are:
Moulin.nl has been active since 2003 in a number of niche markets like Mills, Chateaux, Manor homes, Farmhouses etc. and offers the FSBO option with a very competitive price and listing solution. Properties can be listed on our expanding Portal with descriptions in the 6 primary languages English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Dutch. All property details are always and automatically shown in all these languages.
Make sure the estate agent does not wear 2 hats. The agent you appoint must protect your interest in receiving a realistic price for your property. His interest is to sell the property as quickly as possible and earn a commission. This can sometimes lead to conflict of interest and ideally a potential buyer appoints an independent registered surveyor to inspect the property and at his/her own expense.
Do you need a valuation for your property from a surveyor or well trained and educated professional property agent? Most of the time this is not necessary. You know what your house is like and what it really offers in terms of quality and status. You will know whether your property has more to offer than the average home for sale in a similar neighborhood and of similar size. Scanning the web therefor gives you a pretty good idea at which price level the property can be pitched. Driving through various neighborhoods to do some research can help a lot to determine a best offer price for your home and after scanning the internet again. In slow or fast markets, a different strategy will apply and you can find a lot of good information on the internet how to approach your pricing strategy depending on your time window for the execution of a successful sale.
The "For Sale" sign outside the property can be an important part of your strategy. If the property is in a secure zone or location showing a 'For Sale' sign can speed up the time to realize a sale. Owners of larger properties should be aware that any public information available on the internet, such as an aerial view image, an address or any visible sign will lower the security status of the property to a certain extend. A lovely well-maintained property in a good location will always find a buyer even if no exact address is provided at first. Once the request comes in the seller can start the vetting process and eliminate early potential tourism
Several popular websites let borrowers search for homes. It is often recommended to put your FSBO home on as many websites as possible, including some which are for free. This strategy can be very counterproductive as we have found over many years of Internet advertising. Especially niche properties, such as typically shown on the Moulin.nl websites, will be researched in all the places where they are found on the web, and if something isn't quite right that property becomes a 'no go'.
Serious buyers will spend a lot of time researching and therefore you will do better starting with a listing that can satisfy your goal and also to test out. The Moulin.nl offer should not disappoint in this respect and you can start right now by clicking one of the links on this page.
If you choose to do this yourself, it is easier than you might think. A buyer has the right to choose the notary or he/she can choose someone you know. It is up to them and it will take as long as is typical in a certain region or country. If you are really happy with a realistic asking price the negotiation should be simple. You may wish to markup the price just a little to give a buyer some room for success, but that also depends on the conditions of the property market at that time.
Prepare you house to be in a clean and generally repaired condition and be ready for quick visit requests. Little paint jobs can make a big difference as well as less and easy positioned furniture and other articles in the various rooms. Remove any non-relevant items before taking a picture such as vacuum cleaner in the room or a cleaning cloth on a table.
Take time to photograph every aspect of your property, both interior and exterior, and upload the best photos to the website listing. Make more than one digital image of every aspect and choose the one with the best quality and lighting. Quick photo jobs are often counter-productive.
Buyers like to feel free when visiting a house to buy. Make them feel at home with a few flowers or plants here and there and a fresh smell throughout. Then give them space to wonder around and talk freely without your presence.
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