A property in France represents much more than an investment. For a majority of buyers, it also means a change of pace, a fresh start, a new adventure, or the culmination of a lifelong dream. That’s why FrenchEntrée Property doesn’t just offer one of the most comprehensive online databases in the industry, it also offers the power of experience with a human touch. They are a dedicated team that assists buyers through every step of the search and answer any questions about buying a property in France. Listening attentively is the first step to a successful French property search.
First step, a chat with Timothy who is here to help with the first leg of your journey into the French property market. Having spent most of his life living in France, he will help you with any questions you may have about living in France. From where you’re looking to what you need from your new home, this is the moment to share your dreams to make sure we can be there at the right time for you. Most importantly, we will get an idea of what you are looking for, what is important to your property search and when you are looking to buy.
This is also the best time to get advice for your search, whether it be that you’re just a little unsure of what area of France to look, or need specific assistance with currency transfers, French mortgages or tax and legal advice.
Depending on the outcome of our talk and where you’re looking, the next step is for one of our consultants, each a specialist in their own regions of France, to get in touch:
Mark specialises in northern France and down through the Loire to Poitou-Charentes and Limousin, drawing on experience from living and working in France, in addition to managing a rental property in Brittany. He liaises with our colleagues over in France on a daily basis, allowing clients to either centralise their search to one point of contact or to be put in touch with the most relevant and useful agents for their search. Mark is also able to assist with searches for châteaux across the north and central regions of France.
Fleur has been with FrenchEntrée for eight years during which time she has assisted both sellers in marketing their homes to UK and foreign buyers and, in more recent years, working closely with clients to actualise their purchase of a holiday home or permanent home in France. As such, she is well positioned to advise on the property market and buying trends in France. With a broad knowledge of areas of France, she has worked on compiling property selections for the north of France and now specialises in property searches for the South West of France including Dordogne/Aquitaine, Midi-Pyrénées and Languedoc-Roussillon. Fleur will also be able to assist with Paris, Burgundy and the Alps as well as châteaux and vineyard searches.
Alistair Lockhart is FrenchEntrée’s bilingual Property Director, with responsibility for growing the property, mortgage and currency business.
Alistair joined the FE team in Summer 2018, and has an extensive background in French real estate, digital marketing and sales. His passion for all things French began at the tender age of 11 when he began learning the language at school, and was cemented with a school exchange to Flers, Normandy at the age of 13. He came home and told his Mum, “I’m going to live in France one day…” Twenty years later it would become a reality. In the intervening period he studied A Level French as well as French and European Law at university, followed by a spell in corporate UK with PricewaterhouseCoopers and others. In 2001 he met his wife-to-be, and as her parents had been plotting to move out to France for about 25 years, the idea of emigrating was reignited!
Alistair and his wife relocated to the Périgord Vert (on the Dordogne/Charente/Haute-Vienne border) in 2004, and spent a glorious 6 years in rural France. As Managing Director of a regional estate agency selling to international clients, he held the carte professionelle for a number of years and grew the business across France into the market leader. Selling hundreds of properties a year, there wasn’t a type of client, property or issue he and his team didn’t encounter! In 2010 he and his family (including two children born in France) returned to the UK. He joined the well-known UK charity Help for Heroes in 2003, established a digital marketing team before becoming became Director of Fundraising, raising over £25m/year.
Alistair’s favourite areas of France are naturally, the Dordogne/Charente where he lived and worked, but also the Lot/Corrèze region as well as Normandy where he has family and visits regularly (well, not too regularly, they are the in-laws!).
FrenchEntrée works in partnership with a very large number of established and reliable local estate agents in France and therefore is able to email you properties from different agencies, centralise all your questions, and help you put together a viewing itinerary. Having one point of contact will definitely help you save time and confusion. They must be doing something right, judging by what people have to say about the team!
“Good organisation, good information, friendly and personal. It reinforces my good impression of your company – well done”
“All ready for moving to France, sign contracts and move in on the 18 November so a busy time, thank you Fleur for your help to make our dream to move to France so uncomplicated” Kay & Peter
“We are very happy with ourselves we’ve negotiated the contracts for Chateau de la Croix and paid the deposit yesterday so were all on track to finalise the sale mid September.
Thanks so much for all your assistance and advice along the way Mark, the FrenchEntrée website has been such a great resource for us and I’m sure will continue to be as we prepare for many holidays in our beautiful new French home.” Kate & Warren
“I would like to take the opportunity to thank you Fleur for your excellent help & advice and it has been a real pleasure dealing with such a charming & efficient young lady.” Tony
“Mark, thank you for all your help we were singing your praises saying how very helpful you were going beyond the call of duty. The house we picked is in Gouarec, I remember you saying what a nice place it was and you were right. I think you handled us really well and we were quite difficult as it was not a straight forward case as you say India, Burnley to France if you can handle us any other client should be as easy as a walk in the park. Take care and it will always be a pleasure to hear from you.” Debbie and Paul
“Thank you so much Fleur you have been amazing arranging all of this for us, we will not let you down and will be there for each of your agents.” Leigh
“We moved in our fantastic new house in the Var, Provence, two weeks ago. This after only a few months since we contacted FrenchEntrée! As we already knew which area we wanted to move to, we chose a selection of houses from the FrenchEntrée site and submitted the extensive list. We planned our trip, and visits were organised over three days. Most of the 18 houses we viewed met our requirements. Well done FrenchEntrée! But only one ticked virtually all the boxes, “un coup de coeur” as they say here in France. A few hurdles were “jumped” over, and we are now settling in our dream house. We shall wholeheartedly recommend you to anyone who wishes to buy a house in France!” Mr and Mrs C
“Hi Fleur, Thank you for organising these appointments. You have been exceptional in your help and assistance with these arrangements. Looking forward to our visit to Brittany!” Jan
“One thing I don’t want to do in our search is to complicate things by introducing too many properties into the equation. We want to have time to evaluate from a short list, those that most closely match our criteria and you have been invaluable Fleur in contributing to that end.” Neil and Desrie
If you would like to contact the team for more information about the process or to get started with your property search in France call + 44 (0)1225 463 752 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org