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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.

Team Eymet's Télématin appearance

Katherine O`Neill // Wednesday, 20 March 2019

This morning's broadcast on Télématin, well done to our Eymet team!

The French TV was looking for contributors to cover views on Brexit from France. Eymet was an ideal location with market day happening whilst Télématin was shooting (last Thursday).

Our team welcomed the TV crew with open arms and used their professional local knowledge to answer their questions.

 

 

Brexit in name only

Marion Beschet // Tuesday, 19 March 2019

French Europe Minister Nathalie Loiseau has revealed she has named her cat Brexit. “He wakes me up every day meowing like mad because he wants to be let out, then when I open the door he just stands there, indecisive, then gives me a dirty look when I put him outside,” she told Le Journal du Dimanche newspaper.

Featured in the Connexion newspaper.

...saving you time, money and disappointment

Katherine O`Neill // Friday, 15 March 2019

The truth, the whole truth...

It's easy to look at something online and not get the whole picture. A pretty cottage or a magnificent listed chateau can be artfully photographed to show it in the best light. But what is next door or at the bottom of the garden? This ancient but elegant pile has a cement factory as its closest neighbour. If we know something about the setting of a property that might affect your decision to visit we'll tell you ahead of time-saving you a trip and disappointment. Different things bother different people and it should be your decision to visit based on the best information we can provide

Do you know Father Moumout?

Marion Beschet // Friday, 15 March 2019

Do you know "le Père Moumout"?

If you are in Montmorillon area this weekend, make sure you don't miss the carnival!

As every year, the Mayor of Montmorillon will give Father Moumout' the keys to the city that will become "Moumout'land" for the day.
A unique opportunity to disguise and caricature reality, to transform everyday life into a giant burst of laughter. Will the people of Moumout'land drift on the ice floe?

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French TV in our Eymet office

Marion Beschet // Thursday, 14 March 2019

This morning we received a visit from a television team for French TV show "Télématin" in our Eymet office.

The whole team took part in interviews about Brexit.

Watch us on France 2 from Monday morning at 7am for the early risers and at 8:20am for those who will be hanging around a little more under the duvet.

 

 

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.

 

 

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