ARTICLE FROM RESIDENCES IMMOBILIER MAGAZINE
For some, looking for a French property is merely a question of choosing a location, a size and a budget. You contact a local agent and hopefully they have something that fits the bill.
More often than not, however, there are more issues than square meters and price on the list. For many people, the features of the house take priority whilst the area can be flexible. So how does one find that house with that special something? – a tower, vaulted ceilings, indoor swimming pool, sauna or wine cellar? If you have the time, you can call up all the local agents in the area and ask them what they have on hand, and then hope they will call you back once that special object turns up. Anyone trying this option knows it can be very time consuming and tedious, repeating and explaining your requirements over and over again.
Another option is to contact a property search company such as Home Hunts, the South of France property search specialist. The attractive thing about this option is, that is actually doesn’t cost you anything and can save a lot of time. Home Hunts’ director Tim Swannie told us, that they have had requests for anything from helicopter pads to home cinemas to ornamental goldfish ponds. Once there was a couple wanting to set up a B&B who were looking for a stone built house with a tower, an olive grove and a heated pool. It had to have a suitable layout (including specific room sizes), lots of character and could be situated anywhere within 1h from Nice airport.
Home Hunts work with all of the best estate agents on the Riviera, Provence, Languedoc Roussillon, Paris, all of the South West of France and most recently, The Alps. They take care of the time consuming search process for their clients. Many local agents are primarily set up to deal with visiting customers, whilst Home Hunts is fully equipped to keep in constant contact with the client by both phone and e-mail.
Home Hunts works with clients from all over the world and are aware that everyone is different. The team is really multi-lingual and find that they can communicate well and work closely with all of their clients.
When asked what makes them different to an estate agent, Tim said “We work for and are committed to the buyer rather than the seller. The important thing for us is that they find what they’re looking for, not which agent they buy from. We know how important it is to really listen to the client to fully understand what their needs are; we pay attention to detail. Our consultants are all well travelled and are very perceptive, they know that ‘rustic’ for example can mean different things depending on where you come from. We keep in regular contact, we do not wait for the client to call us, we actually call them! Most clients find this refreshing!”
- So how did it go with the B&B? It is now up and running successfully in the hills behind Nice. Within limits, Home Hunts can find anything, they work with a network of tradesmen, designers and architects so according to Tim “Everything is possible. Sometimes it takes a bit of time, but as long as the customer is still interested, Home Hunts will keep on searching”
IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A SPECIFIC TYPE OF FRENCH PROPERTY, A PARTICULAR AREA OR A CERTAIN FEATURE, HOME HUNTS CAN HELP YOU – CONTACT US BY EMAIL OR TELEPHONE FOR MORE INFORMATION
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