There is an abundance of property for sale in Marrakesh from traditional Riads in the ancient Medina (old town) to modern Marrakech Villas in the booming Palmeraie and the areas surrounding the walled city. However Real Estate in Marrakech requires patience, particularly in the Medina, and some of the best bargains are not to be found in places other than the internet or the windows of real estate agents.



Looking for a second home?Some of the most stunning new developments in the world of property, Marrakech Villas are sure to exceed your expectation and are relatively easy to buy off plan.



Traditionally Riads in Marrakesh are not marketed on an exclusive basis by western style-agencies. Rather their availability is quietly made known to the network of local ‘Samsar’ who introduce and mediate on behalf of potential buyers. By investing time getting to know the samsar personally the potential buyer gains access to a world of stunning properties for renovation, but as always- buyer beware – in Arabic the word samsar has a double meaning. He is a carrier of poison as well as the carrier of the keys!


Riad Cinnamon

The locations of Riad Papillon and particularly Riad Cinnamon in the heart of the medina makes them outstanding bases to research and explore Marrakesh property. The diversity of real estate for sale in Marrakech is such that property hunting is a holiday pursuit in its own right! and the samsar are as willing to accommodate browsing potential buyers as any of the boutique owners in the famous Marrakech Souks.


Shopping in Marrakech is an experience like no other:  The billowing silk scarves and hand woven shawls, shiny brass lamps in shimmering gold and silver metals, fragrant mint and exotic spices such as cinnamon and cumin, handmade Berber rugs with geometric designs and silky smooth tadelakt bowls in intense sky blues, ox blood reds and jet blacks. However the experience can be seriously terrifying for the uninitiated travellers arriving fresh off the ryan air and easyjet flights more used to buying rugs from John Lewis and lamps from Bhs!
This guide  is based on the knowledge I have gained from adventuring out into the souks over the past five years. I am hoping to help new visitors to  enjoy the Marrakech Shopping experience,  purchase some exquisite handicrafts from the souks and perhaps even make some new friends at the same time.
Shopping in the SouksI have never been trained in the art of negotiation and have not worked as a ‘buyer’. However, in the process of renovating  Riad Papillon -our wonderful newly opened boutique hotel in the centre of Marrakech, I think I have learnt quite a lot about the art and science of ‘haggling’.
In the beginning I learnt the hard way making sometimes costly mistakes. I also managed to upset quite a few stall holders by my clumsy initial attempts at haggling. One stallholder was so upset that I didn’t want to buy his lamps that he called me ‘La Poubelle de la France!’ which means ‘the dustbin of France’ (Some Moroccans are not very keen on the French for historical reasons). I was quite offended by this (as you can imagine) but, caught off my guard, all I could offer as a retort to this was: ‘Mais je ne suis pas francaise!’ which means ‘but Im not french!’ I hasten to add that I do not think I am a dustbin either but, in the heat of the moment, I was not quick witted enough to advise him of that!
Although I would not call myself a ‘haggleguru’ , I do find that I can now haggle with confidence and generally end up with purchases that I truly desire at prices that I am very happy with whilst still preserving the relationship with the seller. I actually enjoy the experience of shopping in the Marrakech souks now and find it exhilarating as well as rewarding.
There are thousands of stallholders-mostly charming and welcoming, a few can be grumpy or plain rude, and some are tricky or dishonest. All, however are master salesmen and are highly motivated to sell to you generally at the highest price possible.
Each of us has his or her own style and so let me just offer some broad haggling guidelines and then let you conduct the negotiation in your own unique style.
1. Firstly, remember to keep your cool and your sense of humour at all times. The soaring temperatures can result in frayed tempers and not speaking the language can make one feel frustrated and confused. Just take your time and remember you are on holiday and this is supposed to be fun!
2. Secondly, remember that Haggling is, in some respects, like taking part in a small play or pantomime. There are certain roles and lines that are predictable and some that are not. It is useful to know how these roles and lines generally work so that you play your part well and even enjoy it.
3. Thirdly, I think it is always important to remember that you are a guest in someone else’s country (even if the stall holder may forget that sometimes!) and to behave politely and respectfully even if the haggling starts to get a bit heated.
4. Although haggling can be viewed as a game or a play it should also be remembered that although you may be haggling to buy something worth a tiny fraction of your monthly income, for the stall holder the negotiation may represent his next meal quite literally. Therefore I advise only to haggle over something that you do actually want to buy not just for the fun of it.
Haggling over pottery 5. Be assertive and clear, not passive and absolutely never  aggressive in your interactions. If a salesman starts bringing down dozens of scarves that he thinks you are interested in just because you looked at them and didn’t stop him, then you may well end up feeling embarrassed to refuse them so be clear when you do not want something as well as when you do.

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