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Happy clients -

Francesca and Steve

Pangli

Having established our business in

France in Les Trois Vallées in 2010, my

husband and I have remained here

ever since, rather than returning 'home'

to the UK, except on 'holidays' ! Our business is a

catered ski chalet company, called Powder N Shine,

and during our second season, we decided that we

wanted to have a more concrete base, rather than

living in the chalets during the off-seasons.

To that end, we contacted our local Leggett

Agent - mostly just to test the water to see

what was available for our forecast budget.

Soon after making the initial contact, we were

shown around a number of properties in the

local area, and we fell in love immediately

with the one that is now our house!

The village is beautiful, quiet and traditional and within perfect

striking distance of

our chalets (10 minutes in the car). Both being

able to speak French certainly has helped us

as most of the village-dwellers are Bellevillois

(from the Belleville valley) and have been

here for generations. However, not speaking

the language would not be too big a hurdle to

overcome as many of the younger generations

are beginning to learn to speak English - an

important string in the bow, especially during

the winter season when the valley is invaded

by skiers. It also depends on what you are

looking to do with a property here. Because of

the skiing, it is possible to have rental properties, second

(or third!) homes, or an apartment

as a base for hitting the slopes.

In terms of our experience with Leggett,

I cannot recommend them highly enough.

The whole process was seamless from initial

contact, right through the search, to the contractual dotting of i's and crossing

of t's with

the notaires. All of the categories I mentioned

above are more than adequately covered by

the team of Agents and the level of information given

at each stage was excellent. There

was also a mortgage broker we were put in

touch with and an estimation of rental income

the properties could have achieved. Heather,

our Agent, really did go over and above to

ensure we found what we wanted and now,

almost two years on, we are still eternally

grateful for her astute and thorough work.

Francesca Pangli - now a resident of Les Granges,

just above St Martin de Belleville in Savoie (moved

in at the end of June 2012)

red tape might seem infuriating

at times, remember the French

find it infuriating too. As an outsider,

you must adapt to local

ways; do not expect local ways

to adapt to you.

France is a wonderful place

to live. Property is generally far

cheaper here, and the wideopen countryside

means you

have plenty of room to move

and breathe.

Time is measured by the

seasons. People greet each other in the street;

they talk about

the mushrooms they found in

the woods. They watch for the

cranes to fly over, and discuss

the return of summer. I would

not live anywhere else.

For more information on buying

a house in France contact our call

centre team by email at:

info@leggett.frttp://leggett.fr" target="_blank" title="Visit leggett.fr">leggett.fr or visit www.

leggettfrance.com

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Learning the

language will help

you get to know

your neighbours

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