A Place in the Sun’s Jean Johansson details rare 20k find ‘Bargains pop up everywhere’

A Place in the Sun: Scarlette asks buyers about their low offer

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In the new series of Channel 4 programme A Place in the Sun, which begins on Monday, host Jean Johannson told Express.co.uk in an exclusive interview she was able to find some properties for her house hunters at a bargain price due to the coronavirus pandemic. She went on to recall the time her co-host Scarlette Douglas found a unique property priced at just £20,000.

Speaking about which country is great value for money at the moment, Jean said Spain is always a good place to buy a holiday home.

She also detailed how Scarlette found a real bargain when searching for properties in Bulgaria recently.

She began: “Bargains pop up everywhere. In rural France, if you don’t need to be near amenities and you can sort of live in a quiet remote area, there are some really great houses.

“Bulgaria is always good. I think Scarlette had a show where she found a two-bedroom house for £20,000.”

Jean went on to discuss what the property prices have been like during her search in the new series.

She explained that some properties were selling for £40,000 less than usual due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The property expert continued: “There have been some really good ones that we filmed [in the] last year.

“Couples that lived abroad were wanting to get back home quickly and were wanting some quick sales, so we came across that a couple of times so that made for some good bargains.

“If you move quickly on this, you’re going get £40,000 cheaper than you would have if there was no pandemic on.”

The new series will see the team flying off to Greece, France and Italy in the hopes of finding their house hunters their dream holiday homes.

Jean explained that she loved every second of the series because she got to visit places she’d never been before.

“It was really nice to film the show in Pescara in Italy which was really beautiful,” she said.

“The show is dictated by your house hunters so I mean if a house hunter wanted to buy in Iceland we would go there. We go wherever they want to go.”

She went on to recall how viewers will see a completely “different vibe” to the upcoming series.

“They [the house hunters] were different, more determined and there are a lot more sales,” Jean added.

“I think the first lockdown just made a lot of people think ‘now’s the time’. They’ve sat at home in Manchester, Derby, Glasgow, or wherever, dreaming about this.

“They’ve got the money put aside for whatever reason and they just haven’t got round to it and the first lockdown just made them go ‘Right, we’re doing this’.

 “You can feel the excitement. We had all just came out of the first lockdown so I just think there’s a real energy, and the house hunters were just ready to go.” 

The new series of A Place in the Sun will also see the arrival of new presenter and property developer Lee Juggurnauth.

The 34-year-old, who used to work as an artist manager, decided to swap the music industry for a career in property development.

Before making his debut on the Channel 4 show, Lee has worked all over the world creating beautiful homes for his clients.

“I’m so excited to be joining Channel 4’s A Place in the Sun,” he said ahead of the new series.

“After recently celebrating its 21st birthday, I’m honoured to be working on such a prestigious show alongside an incredible team. I can’t wait to help house hunters turn their dream into a reality.”

A Place in the Sun airs daily at 3pm on Channel 4.

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