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Sharing France with you

Every week you'll find new stories, local and national events, comments, recipes and advice on this page. Click on the Archive button to see previous posts full of interesting information and links.

Learning French? A piece of cake!

Marion // Tuesday, 12 March 2019



A language exchange is happening today in Tournon-D'Agenais at the Chez Moi Tea Room! Much miming and gesticulating but fun with a bun!



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A day in the life of an estate agent

Katherine O`Neill // Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Most agents in France are self-employed and work on commission, only paid if a client buys or sells with them. This work status means they are self-regulating in how, where and when they work. The best ones are team players.

Across the industry some people work on a part-time basis, others full-time, and the best rewarded full-time and then some! So the example we set out here is real, but perhaps not entirely typical.

Jason is personally driven to succeed. He sets himself targets and thrives on a job well done and good customer feedback.
He is a consummate time manager and starts each working day with a plan.
He’ll clear emails before other people are up and about, and schedule calls throughout the day between other appointments according to which timezone his contact is in.

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Shine on, Charente Maritime

Katherine O`Neill // Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Known for its sunny microclimate and white sandy beaches, there’s a whole lot more to discover in this exceptional department

Long a favourite with the French, who have flocked to buy holiday homes here since the early 1900s, the Charente-Maritime has only quite recently been discovered by "foreigners". They come for the sun but they stay for the rich range of things to see, do, taste and try. Here are our top 10 reasons to make the Charente-Maritime your home from home!

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The joys of the local wildlife

Julie Savill // Wednesday, 20 February 2019

One of the joys of a rural french lifestyle is being surrounded by nature in all its forms.

Deer and badgers live in the lane outside our gate, a hare has worked out our dogs’ bedtime and makes late evening use of the garden, red squirrels bomb us with walnuts as we drive in and last spring we had foxcubs playing on the doorstep.

Sales Consultant, Angie Turner, recently found herself with rather more water side wildlife than was sensible and called in the local hunt to trap and move some ragondin (coypu) to a better location. These animals, which used to be common on the Norfolk Broads, were introduced as fur animals but have escaped and gone feral in most parts of France. You can often see them swimming in lakes and rivers and they can be mistaken for the much rarer otter.

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Making dreams come true

Katherine O`Neill // Monday, 11 February 2019

It really makes a difference to hard-working agents when their happy clients make a gesture like this one.

Agent Vanessa Hopkins was delighted to have received this from Mr and Mrs Paterson, and not just for the gin!

The feeling from the gesture itself, when you're reminded you've made a real difference to clients in making their dream home a reality, is unbeatable. 

Well done and well deserved, Vanessa. 

See what else our clients have said about our agents and teams on our testimonials page.



Healthy options

Judith Whitlow // Wednesday, 06 February 2019

While we're waiting for the detail of Brexit there's no need to put your move to France on hold for healthcare reasons.
An EHIC card covers you currently for the first 3 months of living in France.
After that time you become become officially resident (and need to apply for carte de séjour/new residents card)
As a non EU citizen, make sure that you have sufficient insurance to cover you for the first 3 months.
Expat retirees who have a state pension from another EU state have cover through the S1 form.

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