For Tony Murless, the decision
to work for Leggett was simple
TONY MURLESS LEGGETT MAGAZINE
Top clockwise: The wild coast of Royan,
Tony & Francesca Murless, pretty
St Martin on Ile de Ré and the
stunning port of La Rochelle
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S LONG TIME RESIDENTS, my wife
and I raised our daughters (who
excelled in the French education
system) in France. This means I'm
well equipped to advise anyone
thinking of purchasing here.
We were both teachers in our earlier lives
and spent every holiday in France. We loved
it so much that when the opportunity arose to
make a major life change, we bought a campsite in the Deux-Sèvres.
When we first arrived, we were one of
about three English families living locally. Over
the years, of course, this has changed. The next
ten years were spent in Chef-Boutonne.
We've always loved property and have renovated
several houses, but it was the visitors
to our campsite who first led to us dipping our
toes into the local property market. Each year
more visitors wanted to buy. They needed help
with the language, advice and viewings. All this
led to my next career change.
We successfully sold the campsite and
I became an estate agent. Then, three years
ago, my family and I moved to the Charente-
Maritime, near Royan, where we'd had a holiday
home for a long time. Our aim was to establish
a new team for Leggett on the Atlantic coast.
In the first instance, what attracted me
to work with Leggett was the emphasis they
place on marketing. It's truly second to none.
Also, despite the company's growing size and
reach, it remains very much a family-oriented
business. No matter where they are (or how
busy they are) Trevor and Joanna are always
available. That's what makes the difference to
being successful in real estate - having back-up
and professional support.
Since our daughter joined the Leggett
team, the Murless clan family affair has grown.
Francesca is based in La Rochelle and is already
doing really well.
My job is all about looking forward and
bringing the essential human element into
business. That's what makes working with
Leggett Immobilier so rewarding.
Tony Murless is our area coordinator for the