Tuesday, January 24, 2012
The France Show - a great start to the year
Apologies for the lack of posts lately but it's been a busy start to the year.
Earlier this month I was in London for The France Show in Earls Court. The show happened to coincide with France losing it's AAA credit rating and I wondered if this would affect the mood of visitors to our stand.
The answer was a resounding "not at all".
We had, literally, thousands of visitors over the three days and the ones that I spoke to didn't mention credit ratings, the forthcoming election, PIIGS or the fate of the euro.
Instead they asked me about sunshine, vineyards, education, healthcare and "respect" (of elders, teachers, policemen and each other). It was clear that whilst funding the dream may be proving difficult, the attraction of France remains undiminished.
Within hours of returning home I had picked up two search mandates and have others "bubbling under" which I expect to come to fruition over the coming days.
I'm pretty sure that overall housing transaction numbers will be down this year in France - I'm optimistic though that by increasing market share there will still be plenty of opportunities to prosper.