Friday, August 05, 2011
Property Week - Twitter top 100
I was thrilled to see that I have made the Property Week Twitter "Top 100".
It's a listing of the 100 most influential property folk online and includes agents, developers, journalists, public bodies and other luminaries.
I'm particularly flattered as I'm the only nominee from France....and a small town in the rural south west to boot!
Recognition like this (and the prestigious Primelocation blog awards I received in 2009 & 2010) are important to my business.
You see, trust is a major issue for any international purchaser of property in France. The laws are different, the language is different, market data is difficult to come by and finding the "right" house on the internet is nigh on impossible.
Magazines and websites are flooded with people offering a "free" property finding service....hmm, let me think, will they show you everything that's on the market or just the tiny percentage of houses that they have been promised a commission from?
Awards like this - alongside high profile individuals such as Graham Norwood, Giles Barrie, Peter Bill and Andrew Waller and blue chip names such as Jones Lang Lasalle, Cushman & Wakefield, CBRE and the RICS - go a long way to establishing that trust.
Of course, 25 years property experience and eight years local knowledge of the prettiest villages and the best houses, restaurants, schools, notaires, agents and builders helps too.
So, merci beaucoup Property Week and keep up the good work.