The tale of buying a French house - by a pair of green gilled novices
A true story.......
Having previously holiday'd a few times in the beautiful Midi-Pyrenees, back in August 2015, we spontaneously decided to nip over to France for a) a quick mini break and b) to view a property we'd seen on a website
Before we left the UK, we emailed Anthony and Gillie with our basic wish list (budget, number of bedrooms, type of location etc) so they'd have an idea of what we might be looking for in advance
As our plane took off from Gatwick, I turned to Felicia and reminded her why we were making this trip and, in my most masterly voice, clearly stated 'We will definitely NOT be making any offers on this trip or buying a house......so don't get ANY ideas!'
On arriving at their offices in Caylus, we were greeted by Gillie who spent the next hour or so, gently (and skilfully) interviewing us, teasing out little clues that would subsequently help her marry our requirements/ dreams with what they might have on their books.
The next three days, she took us to view a total of seven properties. Everyone of which was lovely in their own right but none set the fireworks off..........except one!
Having never owned a property abroad before or expecting to feel like this, we were somewhat stumped/ shocked and surprised.
So we slept on it and went back for a second viewing the next day.....
..... The rest, as they say, is history.
Anthony and Gillie held our hands throughout the whole process, definitely going above and beyond what one would normally expect with their invaluable advice and support.
And so in mid December 2015 we completed on our wonderful, dream French home..
Pearce Properties may on paper, be property agents but trust me, they are so much more than that....
The level and quality of support and advice, the attention to detail was second to none.
It genuinely removed a large proportion of the stress out of the experience and we felt in very safe hands. We were particularly pleased and impressed by the friendly, accessible and very professional service provided by Gillie and Anthony Pearce. They were simply the best!
We can't thank you enough for the help
you gave us over the summer...
looking at over 40 houses with other agents in the area, and hundreds on the
websites, we met up with Gillie in Caylus and were taken to 3 houses we had
requested to see...None were what we were really looking for and as we live in
Los Angeles the clock was ticking towards our return home.
Gillie listened carefully to our comments at each house viewed - and suddenly exclaimed that she had an idea of a perfect house for us. "Just on the market! No photos available. You have to see it". Intrigued, we met up again the following day and fell head over heels for the house she showed us. Only one day on the market, we were the first viewers - and we knew this was the one!
Anthony helped us through all the French blue tape involved in buying the house and every letter back and forth was written in English (Notaire's legal letters as well) so there was no anxiety as to what we were signing...
We can't recommend Gillie and Anthony enough. They really listen to a buyer's wants and needs - and successfully lead them to their dream property! We are very grateful to you both.