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.
Alexia – Senior Property Consultant
Alexia is a native born French speaker having lived her formative years in Paris and spends time in the South of France where her family are based. Being a keen skier from an early age Alexia is delighted to share her knowledge and experience of the Alps. Alexia also assists clients with tailored manoir and châteaux searches across France. Her property background is extensive having run sales and lettings offices in some of the most prime areas of London with first hand understanding of relocation and dealing with multinational clients. She 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.
Alexia is excited to combine both her property skills and French cultural heritage to deliver an outstanding service to FrenchEntrée clients.
Alistair – FrenchEntrée Property Director
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!
“Both myself and Lorraine would like to extend our thanks to Wendy for the effort, patience and persistence she has afforded us throughout the process. Moreover, we have every confidence in Richard to continue his excellent work with us as the process moves forward.” Peter and Lorraine (July 2019)
“All ready for moving to France, sign contracts and move in on the 18 November so a busy time, thank you 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 the château 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. 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 for your excellent help & advice and it has been a real pleasure dealing with such a charming & efficient team.” Tony
“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. If you can handle us any other client should be as easy as a walk in the park!” Debbie and Paul
“Thank you so much – you have been amazing arranging all of this for us, we will not let you down and will be at the appointments 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
“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 didn’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 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: email@example.com