Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Charente estate agents - my wall of fame
Fortunately I have been pretty busy lately, scouring the countryside (weather permitting) on behalf of four different clients, all of whom want to visit, and buy, either in December or January. I have racked up plenty of kilometres in the company of many local agents immobiliers.
There are literally hundreds of estate agents on my patch. Even I don't know them all and I'm living and breathing property out here five days a week, 52 weeks of the year (well, maybe with the odd holiday thrown in, but you get the picture).
Some of these agents really are first class - helpful, professional and trustworthy and so I thought it worthwhile sharing some of my favourites with you.
Cognac - the first house I ever bought on behalf of a client was a small townhouse in the centre of Cognac and we bought it through a delightful chap called Jerome Desset. He has since started his own agency and I have yet to find a more thorough agent out here.
Jarnac - there are some terrific agents in Jarnac including Charente Immobilier and Ariane Immobilier. The one that I would like to highlight though is an agent immobilier called Hervé Pauillac who will be starting an office on behalf of Maison d'Immobilier in the town centre. It will be a tough market to crack but Hervé is the most honest and mild mannered agent I have worked with and I wish him luck.
Ruffec - I have mentioned them before but I always look forward to viewings with Christophe Guay and his team at TIC Immo. They are a truly friendly and professional bunch and heartily recommended.
Chateauneuf - there's only one winner here. I have been working with Don Kingdom of Cabinet Pellet since I started out in 2003 and it's been a pleasure. We must have shared thousands of cups of coffee while out on viewings and his agency always seems to have something different to offer.
Angouleme - what a crowded market place with nigh on 100 agencies to choose from. My favourite for sure is John West of Leggett Immobilier. He's a trained architect and a true professional. When I view houses with him I tend to stand back and listen as he can spot things in an instant that it would take me a week to come up with.
St Jean D'Angely - another town swimming with agents. My favourites are the little known Immobiliere Saintongeaise and Caroline Knight. They are a small, friendly agency and I know from experience that Caroline really looks after her clients well, guiding them through the process from start to finish.
Villebois Lavalette - this is a simply stunning town and my first port of call is Anne Montauban of Europ Immobilier. She's enthusiastic and knows her local market like the back of her hand (or "like her pocket" as they say over here).
Barbezieux - I usually start any searches here by speaking to Georgia Taylor. She has lived in the area for a while now and her "little black book" of local artisans is almost as full as mine!
La Rochebeaucourt - this is a bit of a cheat as it's Joanna Leggett of Leggett Immobilier. They actually have agents all over France including Charente, Charente-Maritime and my other neighbouring departments. Their website is one of the best around and Joanna is always most helpful.
Of course these are only a few of the agents I deal with - there are dozens more that could have made this list and apologies to those who I have left out.
If you have the time & inclination to visit them then I'm sure you will be given a warm welcome.
Don't forget though that by appointing me you would automatically be given access to all of these agents plus hundreds more (as well as those notaires who sell houses too).
The beauty of appointing a buying agent is that we have the time, contacts and local knowledge to help you view everything that is on the market.....and often properties that aren't even being formally marketed or are only for sale privately.
Anyway, hope you found this useful and if you're an estate agent covering departments 16 & 17 and think you have something different to offer my clients then please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Who knows you might even get a mention on my next wall of fame!