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AST YEAR WE CELEBRATED

our 20th anniversary

and the celebrations

with staff, agents, clients and friends went

on for pretty much the whole 12

months! It's only now that I can

take a step back and feel proud

of our team.

Leggett Immobilier was

born in 1998. I had been renovating property

in France for a

while and just became fed up

with the appalling service level

offered by local estate agents, I

knew that there had to be a better way.

Those early days were

some of the happiest of my life

and it's so very satisfying to

know that many of the people

in with me from the beginning

are still with the company. I am

a great fan of technology and try

to ensure that Leggett remains

innovative, but I know that we

are in a people industry and that

clients want to work with a company that is trustworthy,

professional and friendly.

We have always placed

great emphasis on

training both our HO team and

our agents in the field.

From those humble roots

we have grown into a company

that is undoubtedly the leading international estate agency

in France. The Financial Times

called us one of the ten fastest

growing property consultancies

in Europe and we are now a truly

national firm. We have offices in

major metropoles like Paris, Nice

and Bordeaux and you will see

the Leggett "À Vendre" boards

right across the country.

We held a series of events

to celebrate our 20th birthday.

From a staff party in our offices at La Rochebeaucourt

and

a national sales conference in

Angoulême to regional charity

fund raisers - the champagne

corks never stopped popping.

Leggett is a family business and

so the celebrations were led by

myself, Joanna, Natalie, Jocelyn

and Mike. We may be growing

fast but we're not going to forget

our roots.

We were very lucky that

2018 was a record year for us,

with a turnover of just under

18m euros. We had buyers from

all over the world - France and

the UK, of course, but also other European

countries, the USA/

Canada, Asia and Australia/New

Zealand. In total we had buyers

from 47 different countries, so

it's a good job we have built up

such a multi-lingual team over

the years!

So, what do the next twenty years

hold in store? Well, the

industry is changing rapidly, the

internet has seen to that. International buyers

are used to

having full information on properties for

sale and being able

to access this on their phones.

Google earth, street view, VT's,

floorplans, information on schooling

and crime rates. As agents

we need to adapt and meet

these customer needs. We are

no longer just competing with

high street agents but with online agencies,

publishers, portals and even

tech behemoths

like Google and Facebook. Buyers

are going to demand instant

information, in real time and

whilst they are on the move. It

will be a long way from those

days in 1998 when most estate

agents' marketing stretched to

window cards, with grainy black

and white photos and the asking

price if you were lucky!

I am confident that Leggett

will continue to thrive and prosper.

I once read that "The real

competitive advantage in any

business is just one word: people" and

I love and respect mine.

So here's to the next twenty

years - see you in 2038.

Trevor Leggett looks back on how the company has

evolved in the last 20 years

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