At La Porte we try to provide a thoughtful and professional service and we hope that comes through in your dealings with us. Here are some of the comments that our clients have given. We welcome your views – buyers and sellers alike - and invite you to share your experiences here.
Adrian & Sharon
Thursday, 10 August 2023 11:48
Sincere thanks to Liesbeth for ensuring the purchase of our new home in France was worry free, easy and straightforward.
Liesbeth was not only professional in all her dealings with us, but was friendly, supportive and extremely patient (in dealing with my endless questions!).
She made sure we experienced a seamless handover with the previous owners and helped with the setting up and changeover of utilities and was happy to answer queries even after we had moved in.
Thank you to Liesbeth and the whole La Porte team.
Can highly recommend to future purchasers in the area.
Fiona and Gavin Bartholomew
Monday, 19 June 2023 13:40
Thank you Karen and La Porte for all you have done to make our house purchase in the Dordogne run smoothly and enjoyably. From the moment we met at the house on that bleak late-February day until sharing some bubbly with us in the June sunshine on completion of the deal, you have supported us in a friendly and professional way, guiding us through the process, and answering our many questions. Usually you anticipated what we needed to know before we had thought of it! And now we are "installed" in the house we are absolutely delighted and it's living up to all our expectations. Your service is 5-star and we will not hesitate to recommend you.
Rick and Anya Sheil
Wednesday, 14 June 2023 20:29
We have been meaning to write this review since purchasing our property through Karen at La Porte at the end of March. Throughout the entire buying process, Karen proved to be a supportive and friendly estate agent, consistently going above and beyond to ensure a smooth and successful transaction.
From our very first interaction, Karen displayed a high level of professionalism, she guided us through the complex process of buying a property, patiently addressing all our questions and concerns. Her extensive knowledge of the conveyancing process was evident, and she expertly provided us with valuable advice along the way.
She went beyond her role as an estate agent by ***sting us with various tasks even after the sale was finalized.
Her friendly demeanor made working with her an absolute pleasure. She was approachable, attentive, and always willing to listen.
In conclusion, we wholeheartedly recommend Karen at La Porte to anyone seeking a supportive, professional, and positive experience in their property purchase. Her expertise, dedication, and friendly nature make her an outstanding estate agent.
Monday, 29 May 2023 13:18
As we stumbled on the property we were looking for, we contacted La Porte, the agent, and were consequently guided towards the sale in a very professional and supportive way towards the sale and consequent acquisition by us. Seller and buyer were served in a manner that benefitted both.
Peter and Katie Shotton
Saturday, 06 May 2023 15:26
We would like to thank Liesbeth and the team at LaPorte for their help selling our wonderful holiday home. Thanks to the hard work of Liesbeth we were able to sell the property with very little fuss and there was great communication throughout. I can highly recommend the services offered!
Thursday, 27 April 2023 15:40
What a service! I can't praise Karen enough for the hard work she put into our sale. She kept us informed throughout the process and liaised well with the Buyer Notaries and ourselves in particularly challenging circumstances. We were not able to get to France at the crucial time and Karen went that extra mile to help us . I can't thank her enough and have no reservations in recommending La Porte and Karen in relation to buying and selling property in the area. Thank you again and all the best for the future
Will & Liz DD
Thursday, 13 April 2023 14:18
I suspect that, like us, the vast majority of clients looking to purchase a house in France, are doing so for the first time and are also looking to realise a long held ‘dream’. Inevitably therefore, the usual levels of stress and emotion involved in a house purchase may be heightened, particularly when the French language is thrown into the mix!
Thankfully, the role of the property agent in France is, from our experience, much more integral and involved in the purchase process than is the case in the UK property market - a huge benefit when trying to complete a purchase from another country !
Certainly that has been our experience of purchasing a house via LaPorteProperty whose agent, Karen Warden, has been both patient and supportive as we navigated the purchase process from initial offer, through “Compromis” and then the “final Acte” . This positive ***stance has continued beyond purchase completion as she has helped us through the process of setting up utilities etc - which, for first timers, can be a bit of a minefield. Through no fault of LaPorteProperty, ours was a lengthy purchase process - and their engagement throughout the process, with its highs and lows, was both positive and professional at all times.
Many thanks to the LaPorte team.
Jane, Phoebe & Michael
Friday, 07 April 2023 11:06
A very heartfelt thank you to Karen, Simon, Liesbeth, Melina and all involved in the sale of our much loved holiday home.
Nothing was too much trouble, highly professional and always helpful, we could not have picked a better team!
Tom Lutz and Laurie Winer
Thursday, 30 March 2023 07:25
Mélina Landes was enormously helpful at every stage of the process. She gave us virtual tours, then actual tours, and was very honest and straightforward, allowing us to weigh the pros and cons of each property. But more than that, she was immeasurably helpful in taking us through the very complicated French buying process, and went above and beyond helping us set up utility accounts and find contractors. We don't know how we would have managed it all without her help. And throughout, she was supremely professional and a font of sound advice and good humor, even when explaining something to us for the third time.... We can't recommend her highly enough!
Chris & Jeanie Barker
Friday, 09 December 2022 16:42
We worked with many agents in our exhaustive search for that perfect property so we have a large basis with which to compare: LaPorte were the top of the heap!
Liesbeth & Karen were consummate professionals. Emails were responded to rapidly. Text messages and phone calls were answered instantly. No question was too silly or trivial not to be be answered in detail. They held our hands through the entire buying process, and even beyond that, when it came to arranging services such as electricity and water supply.
If you are looking for an agent through which to buy or sell in their area, look no further!
Matt & Melissa Jones
Friday, 25 November 2022 10:54
I’d like to thank the La Porte team for making the sale of our house so seamless and easy. They were all extremely professional throughout the whole process.
Karen Warden was an absolute star when it came to handling both parties involved. We’ve had experience with many agents who don’t respond or follow up on things and had to chase them ourselves for feedback or simple requests. This however was not the case with any of La Porte agents and certainly not for our main agent Karen who was always happy to engage and eager to help with whatever needed, with good advice and professionalism.
I would highly recommended La Porte agency to friends and family and anyone wanting top tier service.”
Wednesday, 23 November 2022 19:27
I got to know Karen Warden as a very good agent. She guided the purchase of our new house very pleasantly. She thinks with you and is careful throughout the whole process. I would definitely recommend her as an estate agent.
Saturday, 05 November 2022 06:17
I would like to share how professional, friendly and helpful Liesbeth de Beer was when I was buying my new home. Liesbeth was always available and very patient to answer my many questions and to assist me in the process and paperwork. She helped to build strong and friendly communication with the previous owner and also referred me to a notary and other essential services. I would highly recommend Liesbeth to anyone looking to buy a house in the area.
Monday, 31 October 2022 14:25
We have nothing but praise and gratitude for the professionalism and friendly service we experienced with Karen Warden when buying our new home. No query was too much, liaising with owners was prompt and all the extras including referral of notaire and even to a service to facilitate setting up essential services made it so easy*.
Tony and Carmel
Friday, 28 October 2022 17:13
La Porte brought us more viewers than any other agency. They were excellent at keeping in touch with us and always let us know well in advance when they were bringing people to the house.
All in all a very happy experience and we would have no difficulty in recommending this agency to any other sellers.
Thank you one and all.
Friday, 21 October 2022 08:23
We worked for the second time with the ‘La Porte family’ and once again ,we were very pleased with their professional and accurate Job. Thank you very much , philip and martine
Chris and Paula
Sunday, 16 October 2022 14:10
We worked with Liesbeth over a number of years whilst we started to gauge what we wanted and were finally in a position to buy. Liesbeth was fantastic, very patient and understanding, knew what we wanted and supported us all the way through the process. She worked well with the vendors and her communication was excellent regardless of time or day. La Porte come highly recommended.
Sophie and Philippe Ras
Sunday, 16 October 2022 12:26
We contacted Laporte property based upon a friend’s recommendation. We first spoke with Mélina who came to visit the house and wrote up the listing. This first encounter, just like later encounters with Melina, Simon and Liesbeth, was to the point and very positive. Unlike other agents with whom we had worked previously to sell our home years ago, we were struck by Laporte’s intent to understand the sellers and to understand the potential buyers, completing the bulk of the selection in the office. Each of the viewings was done for serious potential buyers who were already well acquainted with the area and our house in particular, and were very susceptible to buying the house. We did not have to deal with a stream of “tire kickers” just trying to get a feel for the area. The entire experience, from start to end, was extremely professional and positive.
We worked with Liesbeth who had clients interested in this type of property. Liesbeth is very personable, well organized and knows the portfolio and her clients. She had a number of potential clients for our property with whom she had been working with for a while (3 years in the case of our buyers).
What sets Laporte Property apart from the other agencies is their analytic approach and team philosophy. Always punctual, always return phone or texts promptly, no internal competition between agents but a real team.
Frankly if we have another property to sell the only difference in our approach would be to have Laporte as our exclusive agent.
Maier Isolde et Albert
Tuesday, 20 September 2022 09:16
Après la vente de notre propriété nous voudrions remercier l'agence LA Porte, représentée dans notre cas par Mélina et aussi Liesbeth qui ont organisé des visites d'une manière professionnelle. Elles étaient toujours charmantes, riantes et de bonne humeur et surtout ponctuelles à la minute.
Une fois l'acheteur trouvé c'était Mélina qui s'occupait de toutes les formalités nécessaires: le contact avec le notariat, la commune et les artisans. Tout était fait efficacement et rapidement.
L'agence LA PORTE est vraiment à recommander à tous les acheteurs et vendeurs.
Merci encore une fois.
Nic & Doug Martin
Friday, 12 August 2022 18:49
We would like to thank Karen and all the team at La Porte for going above and beyond the call of duty. Nothing was too much trouble and Karen made purchasing our dream home much simpler than it could of been by walking us through the process.
Lesley & Peter Swan
Tuesday, 09 August 2022 13:26
We have nothing but praise for Karen, Liesbeth and the entire team at La Porte. The sale of our holiday home was expertly managed - with viewings taking place in our absence, during the winter/Spring months. Karen kept us fully informed and made sure that the process was relatively stress-free. We are also purchasing another property in the area and have been delighted to re-connect with Liesbeth de Beer, who guided us through our original purchase and is helping us with the next one. Nothing has been too much trouble for either of our negotiators ! They are excellent communicators and very good at what they do, - above all inspiring confidence in a system that is not identical to house purchase or sale in the UK.
Pat and Dave Lee
Friday, 24 June 2022 10:27
Having finally settled into our new home, I would like to thank all the team at La Porte for managing our successful sale, particularly Liesbeth for her support and help preparing all the necessary documents and her liaison with our buyers. Many thanks everyone
Rich & Amanda
Saturday, 18 June 2022 13:14
Thank you for your support in identifying our dream home in the Dordogne! Overall the process was straightforward (enough) and Karen was very helpful indeed with the overall process. Thanks again to Karen and team at La Porte.
Thursday, 16 June 2022 15:33
Thanks Karen for understanding my requirements, finding the unique, perfect house for me, and for facilitating a sale in very challenging circumstances. La Porte are a very experienced, highly knowledgable Estate Agents. Their advice was always timely and astute.
Friday, 10 June 2022 13:28
I would like to thank Tamzin and the team for a seamless and so helpful purchase of our property.
Nothing was too much trouble . The house sale was easy by comparison to French account set up and paperwork translation , nothing phased the team and their support made the whole process painless
Over and above is a superlative freely used but in this case I couldn’t think of better words
Friday, 10 June 2022 09:30
Both I and I am sure the purchasers are very happy with Tamzin's professional and appropriate approach to making the sale of my property in La Roque-Gageac as smooth and easy as possible for both myself and the couple purchasing.
She was knowledgeable, pragmatic and always ready to ***st / advise in whatever way was required to make the sale and purchase work well and go smoothly for all concerned.
She "went the extra mile" by providing her knowledgeable advice to both parties, definitely making it a smooth sale for myself, and I am sure an easy purchase for the new owners.
Lorraine & Dale Warren
Thursday, 09 June 2022 17:29
We were very impressed with Karen, she was extremely knowledgeable of the area, and of the history of our new property. She helped and advised us from day 1 of the purchase all the way to hand over. We are so happy with our new old home, thanks Karen.
David and Sylvia Morne
Saturday, 04 June 2022 09:56
Our sale is now complete and we are back in the UK. We want to thank Karen from La Porte properties for all her help and advice during the process. We engaged 3 agents over the past 9 months and we can honestly say that Karen worked the hardest on our behalf to secure buyers for us. Even when we were in the UK during the winter she opened up the property on numerous occasions to show round numerous clients, often in difficult circumstances. So it's a big thank you to Karen and all at La Porte properties for your ***stance.
Thursday, 14 April 2022 00:01
Tamzin and the team at La Porte Property helped us make our long-time dream of owning a little house in Dordogne a reality! During the Covid pandemic when we could not visit in person, Tamzin gave us “live” virtual walking tours of the house and the town. She guided us through every step of the process, offering practical and insightful advice, and answering our many, many questions. She recommended a contractor for the work that needed to be done on the house and introduced us to people in the community who have become friends. Thank you, La Porte Property!
Saturday, 02 April 2022 16:48
Dank je wel Liesbeth voor het verkopen van mijn huis in Sainte Alvere. Het ging allemaal helemaal geweldig.
Een grote ‘merci beaucoup’ !
Saturday, 02 April 2022 16:34
Purchased a beautiful house through La Porte Property and it was a very easy process particularly as I was not in France at the time.
No phone call or text went unanswered by Liesbeth and everything ran smoothly.
I would highly recommend this company.
Friday, 11 February 2022 09:17
People always say that moving house is right up there as one of the most stressful things that we do in our lives. Well, my experience in working with LaPorte has honestly not been that at all. From the outset the professionalism of their whole team in getting to know me, my property and what I needed to achieve in its sale was just spot on. It became very clear that they also had taken the time to really get to know the potential buyers in depth which meant little time wasting for both sides. I cannot thank them enough for their hard work, support and friendship which became far up and beyond all expectations. I thank all the team for their hardwork and one particular thank you to Karen who was there to hold my hand through to the finish line and whom I now consider myself lucky to call my friend.
Monday, 27 December 2021 15:43
So lange war es ein Traum, endlich ist es wahr!!
Mélina hat für uns wirklich alles erledigt, vom Exposé bis zum Stromtarif. Geduldig, zuverlässig, kompetent und professionell in der Kommunikation, immer witzig und unkompliziert
dabei es war nicht immer einfach, kurzfristige Vertragsänderungen, notwendige Handwerker und immer eine Balance zwischen Kauf und Verkauf. Wir danken Ihr und empfehlen Ihre Expertise auf jeden Fall weiter!
It was a dream for so long, it is finally coming true!!
Mélina has done everything for us, from the synopsis to the recording of the electricity bill. Patient, reliable, competent and professional in communication, always funny and uncomplicated, it was not always easy, short-term contract changes, necessary craftsmen, correspondence and always a balance between buying and selling. We thank you and definitely recommend your expertise to others!
Dagmar & Achim
Wednesday, 15 December 2021 09:05
Fantastic service from La Porte. Karen made what was a daunting journey, moving to France, very straightforward. Thanks to Karen we are now in our beautiful cottage with all services connected :). Karen really did go above and beyond to ensure the move went smoothly, even offering to let us stay with her when our signing date changed! Thank you so much and would not hesitate to recommend La Porte and Karen.
Jonathan and Michelle
Tuesday, 16 November 2021 18:39
Karen and all the team at La Porte were very professional and responsive when we bought our property from them earlier this year. Karen was always positive, friendly and enthusiastic in her approach. She went above and beyond what we expected and even lit the log burner for us before we arrived in November!
Suzanne / Natalie
Monday, 04 October 2021 15:07
We had no hesitation in using La Porte having bought our lovely slice of French paradise in the Dordogne from them 10+ years ago. Now time to hand it on to someone else, Karen Warden and the team at LA Porte expertly led the sale from start to finish. As we couldn’t get over to the house during Covid times to sort out many of the things ourselves that need sorting for a house sale, Karen and the team went above and beyond to help us get last minute paperwork, DIY repairs etc sorted. A very different experience compared to UK estate agents. Thanks again to Karen and all at La Porte. XX
Malcolm & Carol Girling
Thursday, 26 August 2021 14:41
Well the dust has now settled and we have resumed life back in Blighty. Time to reflect on our experience of selling La Boulbène.
Was it an emotional time?….yes.
Did we have lots to do in a short timeframe and under difficult circumstances?…….yes.
We’re we exhausted?……..yes.
Could we have struggled?…..most definitely, BUT, we had Team La Porte on our side.
We can’t begin to thank you ALL enough for your input. Simon for your guidance and great photos. Tamsin for your lovely video tour, but special mention to Liesbeth and Mélina for all your patience, cheerfulness (always!) and professionalism, guiding us through all the ups and downs of the French selling procedures calmly and efficiently and always being there at the end of a phone to answer our numerous questions….we couldn’t have done it without you.
Would we highly recommend you?…….absolutely!
A great team!
Wishing you all continued success for the future.
Carol and Malcolm Girling
Chris and Dawn
Sunday, 01 August 2021 14:55
Having decided during lockdown to sell our house near Monpazier to move to a larger one in the area we had no hesitation in contacting La Porte having bought the house from them in the first place.
Through the restrictions of lockdown we were unable to visit France at all during either the sale or purchase. Nothing was too much effort from helping us find removals people to arranging recorded and live video tours. In the end we bought without ever seeing our new house but La Porte gave us the confidence to proceed and we were not disappointed.
We want to thank Simon, Karen and Tamzin who genuinely want to match the right house to the right buyer, a very different experience to UK estate agents and without whom this wouldn’t have happened.
Monday, 28 June 2021 18:46
Mélina nous a accompagnés depuis le coup-de-coeur initial jusqu'à la signature de l'acte final (champagne au rdv!) de manière absolument exemplaire. Les visites, les négociations avec les propriétaires, les contacts avec les voisins, la mairie, le notaire, les bons conseils concernant préstataires des services, experts, détails au quotidien ... elle avait réponse qualifiée à tout. Professionelle, efficace, patiente, fiable, bienveillante et charmante pour couronner le tout. Juste un grand merci et bravo Mélina
Monday, 14 June 2021 21:27
I bought a wonderful place in Montagnac-sur-Lède and have just moved in. Karen Warden has had an excellent feeling for my expectations/needs and has been extremely professional and patient throughout the acquisition process and beyond. If you are looking for first class service, as a buyer or seller, this is the lady and agency to work with!
Thursday, 03 June 2021 12:31
I bought my lovely new house with La Porte this April. Simon suggested that I saw this house and Karen showed it to me - I put an offer in three days later! The wonderful thing about La Porte was that they understood exactly what it was I was looking for and didn't waste my time showing me houses which didn't fit my needs. Karen was full of enthusiasm and ideas during my house purchasing journey, and I have really enjoyed getting to know her. The whole team at La Porte were great!
BARROY Martine et J-Luc
Thursday, 08 April 2021 15:59
Après avoir eu un coup de cœur pour un bien vu au hasard d'une annonce, tout s'est enchainé rapidement avec les conseils éclairés de Mélina. Elle s'est rendue disponible pour ce dossier complexe qui vient d'aboutir avec succès. Nous avons pu compter sur son professionnalisme, sa réactivité, sa gentillesse, son accompagnement de chaque instant du début à la fin. Nous n'hésiterons pas à recommander avec plaisir cette agence à taille humaine. Un grand merci à Mélina qui grâce à son travail irréprochable et son investissement nous a permis de réaliser notre rêve !
Des propriétaires périgourdins heureux.
Wednesday, 07 April 2021 20:02
Merci à Lisbeth pour son professionnalisme et sa gentillesse.une bonne compréhension de nos désirs à permis finalement de trouver notre home.bonne gestion et grande patience par rapport à des clients »difficiles ».nous sommes ravis.Caroline et Jean-Bernard .
Thursday, 25 March 2021 09:38
Très satisfaite de l'agence La Porte.
Mélina est efficace, charmante et dynamique !
Thursday, 18 March 2021 08:14
Deskundige, vlotte en duidelijke afhandeling van de verkoop van ons huis in de Lot et Garonne. Liesbeth is bereikbaar voor alle vragen en houdt de vinger aan de pols! Uitstekende service. Dank aan het ganse team.
Sjoerd en Karin
Friday, 12 March 2021 09:11
Vanaf de eerste ontmoeting op een parkeerplaats vlak bij Lalinde voelden we ons in goede handen bij Liesbeth. Haar oprechte en deskundige presentatie van de huizen die wij bekeken, samen met een zeer aanstekelijke lach, zorgden ervoor dat wij snel konden beslissen. De aankoop van het huis van onze keuze was binnen 6 maanden geregeld.
E-mails en telefoontjes werden per ommegaande beantwoord en de adviezen van Liesbeth waren altijd to the point.
Later bleek dat er ook achter de schermen hard is gewerkt om deze koop zo snel en goed mogelijk te doen slagen ‘In the interest of all’ zullen we maar zeggen. Dus een dikke pluim voor het hele team.
Zoeken jullie een huis in deze streek en vind je het prettig om met een Nederlandse makelaar in zee te gaan??
Bel LaPorteProperty en vraag naar Liesbeth.
Barry and Janelle
Wednesday, 10 March 2021 13:50
We are very pleased with our selection of La Porte to look after our house sale, your attention to detail and the regular updates were much appreciated particularly being many kilometers away in Australia with the added issue of time difference made the selling experience so much easier.
Your advice and guidance was invaluable and gave us the result we were happy with.
We wish you well and continued success .
Thursday, 04 March 2021 20:41
Living in Ireland and being in Level 5 lockdown for the past 12 months, one would think it impossible to purchase a property in France! Not the case with Tamzin and Mélina!
From our first phonecall to Tamzin to signing the final contact, we were guided and advised along each step of the way. All our queries were answered honestly and in a timely fashion. We never had to chase for an answer.
A solution was provided to the one or two issues that raised their ugly heads!
We wish Tamzin, Mélina and the rest of the LaPorte team many, many years of continued success. Your hardwork is very much appreciated by my husband and I. Looking forward to seeing you in Monpazier!
Nick and Lucia
Wednesday, 03 March 2021 13:19
Having decided to move to France during the summer of 2020, we found that everyone at LaPorte was extremely helpful in guiding us through the list of properties which might match our criteria, in arranging viewings, and in helping with the entire process up until making an offer and the subsequent steps through to the final completion of the sale. Karen accompanied us on every step of the process, and was always available to help to sort out any last minute changes and glitches - even going as far as dog-sitting in the Notaire's waiting room whilst we completed the process (which was certainly beyond the call of duty).
All in all a highly competent, friendly and efficient service. We have no hesitation in endorsing La Porte and the team there.
Sunday, 28 February 2021 20:59
Having read the previous clients' reviews I realised that I would have to revise my own review of our experience with Simon Renfrew and the team at La Porte. All the the superlatives I had intended to use had already been used many times. So what to say? La Porte have been quite exceptional in the handling of the sale of our house and we realise that we were incredibly lucky to have chosen them rather other local agents. We were hit by the corona virus situation a few months after putting our house on the market which meant that we were unable to visit France to during the selling process and had to rely completely on La Porte to handle our affairs. When ever I had a problem and asked what I should do, the answer was always 'Don't worry we will do that.', and this they did, time after time from handling everything with the Notaire, including capital gains tax to be paid, to advising on the repatriation of our funds to arranging people to help clear the house. We did manage to get back to France for 10 frenetic days before completion and having no telephone or internet the continuing calm help and guidance of Melina enabled us to get the job done just in time!
Calm guidance, and friendly efficient ***stance made working with La Porte a pleasure and we would recommend them 100%.
Jane & Geoffrey Metcalfe
Friday, 12 February 2021 14:03
Derick and I worked with Liesbeth from La Porte and I must say she has gone above and beyond on the sale of our French barn. We started in October 2919 and the the sale eventually went through on the 28th January 2021. What with covid and planning permission but Liesbeth has kept us up to date on every aspect of the process and would definitely recommend this company for your french dream. Can't wait until we can get over to start our journey.
Thank you so much Susan
Katie and Peter Shotton
Wednesday, 13 January 2021 12:54
Peter and I have worked with Tamzin, Melina and the team at La Porte since the beginning of our search for a house in France. They have been incredibly helpful and guided us through each stage and supported us well when things got challenging with securing a mortgage. We also found them to be very skilled in helping us to select properties so you get a very personal service as well as very accommodating. Wouldn't hesitate to highly recommend them. Melina provided a remote handover to our new property and when we finally got there the property had been handed over perfectly. A 5 * service and a hard working and helpful team.
Ben and Kate Higgins
Tuesday, 22 December 2020 08:58
Our heartfelt thanks to Tamzin and the La Porte team for helping us achieve a lifelong ambition. We have dreamt of finding the perfect property in South-West France for many years and once we had identified the right place, Tamzin made every effort (and more) to help us. From navigating the legal procedures alongside our Notaire, introducing us to the right people and even securing us a fantastic team to look after our house when we are not there. Nothing was ever too much trouble: weekend emails ... late night texts ... calls to clarify ... she ensured the process fitted around us rather than the other way around. Wishing Tamzin and La Porte the success they deserve.
Newly French homeowners from London
Wednesday, 02 December 2020 13:53
Seamless house buying experience with the help of La Porte. This summer, in the middle of lockdown, we got an idea of buying a holiday home in France. Having no clue about how the process works, where to begin (and with only basic French) we naturally assumed that we are in for many months of headaches. Luckily, we came across La Porte and Tamzin and Simon took over. We were very impressed by their professionalism and customer service ..the emails were answered 24/7, the calls returned in minutes and nothing was too much. We definitely did not expect to find this level of efficiency in France, in August, in the middle of a global pandemic! La Porte understood our requirements very well, only recommended properties and locations that really worked and did not waste any time. We made it to France and had an agreement in place in just a couple of days on a house that suited perfectly. La Porte supported us in every step of the whole process, which as a result was as seamless as it is possible. We will surely be relying on La Porte's good advice for many other aspects of homeowning in France and tapping into their great local knowledge. Suspect we would still be in the google search phase if it wasn't for Tamzin and Simon!
Tuesday, 17 November 2020 08:08
La Porte were absolutely brilliant in finding our ideal property.
Liesbeth de Beer was exceptional in the service provided, both house hunting, guiding us through the process of buying, right through to the final signing.
My Wife and I would highly recommend them
Martijn & Marianne
Monday, 16 November 2020 12:21
"Pas op voor de makelaars in Frankrijk!” werd ons door meerdere mensen op het hart gedrukt toen we onze zoektocht begonnen. “Ze reageren nooit, ze willen je een poot uitdraaien, ze weten nergens van!”
Nou - het voelde als een warm bad toen we jou ontmoetten - de eerste keer bij Cheminade. Vol enthousiasme, vriendelijk - alsof we elkaar al langer kenden. Je hebt veel hobbels moeten gladstrijken, voordat de koop eindelijk een feit is. Heel veel dank voor je snelle antwoorden, je geruststellingen, tips - kortom ALLES ?
We komen elkaar vast nog wel eens tegen!
Martijn en Marianne
Jackie & Graham
Thursday, 17 September 2020 11:38
A big thank you to you and Melina after all the ups and downs we have put you through over the time we have known you in that you have got us "sorted" at long last, the purchase has gone smoothly and without any hitches and we can now say we are French home owners. Your professionalism and importantly customer service was most appreciated.
Anne Fabrin and Niels Schovgaard
Thursday, 03 September 2020 19:04
We first bought a house with Laporte as agent. They listened very careful to what we were looking for, so we avoided visiting all kinds of houses not relevant to us.
Later, when we decided to sell the house, it therefore seemed only natural to ask for their help again. Once more, we were not disappointed. They always kept us informed about their visits with potential buyers, and we always trusted Liesbeth to help us and the clients with all the practical stuff that comes with selling/buying a house abroad. If you send Liesbeth - or anyone else at Laporte - an email with a question, you can expect a prompt answer. Furthermore, we always felt they gave us their honest opinion, which is particularly reassuring when you are not living in France and depend upon the agency.
We would recommend them any time, should you want to buy or sell a property.
Thank you Liesbeth, Simon and the rest of you for you most appreciated help.
Henk en Els Remerie - Dhondt
Monday, 24 August 2020 07:23
Liesbeth, we wilden je nog eens speciaal bedanken voor alle hulp en en voor je toewijding bij de aankoop van ons vakantiehuis in Molières. Wij konden altijd bij jou terecht en niets was je teveel. Dankzij jou is alles vlot verlopen en houden wij er een goed contact aan over met de verkopers. Van harte bedankt!
Wednesday, 08 April 2020 14:52
We are very grateful to you all for your hard work, dedication and care in selling our property. It was incredibly reassuring to know you and your team were behind us and Liesbeth certainly pulled out all the stops to push through the sale during this difficult period! You were all so knowledgeable, helpful and responsive it really took the stress out of the sale. Many thanks!
Robert & Jacqueline Cooke
Tuesday, 17 March 2020 10:48
Thankyou Simon, Tamzin and Melina. Not forgetting Thomas who started out our search more than two years ago, when we first even considered moving to France. The property selection that La Porte offers is excellent. We viewed alot of properties with them and not one was a waste of time, it is just the hard task of finding the house that ticks the right boxes. La Porte helps in this respect too and helped us realise what was most important on our criteria. They were very proactive during the process of buying. The after sale service was excellent too, with Simon getting quotes and arranging builders to do some work. Thanks again to everyone, would highly recommend.
Jo and Phil Connolly
Sunday, 08 March 2020 15:25
Thank you for helping us fulfill our dream! After many years of dreaming about living in France, and many months of fruitless searches with other agents we found La Porte! Tamzin listened to our very long list of "must haves" and selected a number of suitable properties. From the initial viewings to the final signing last week we have felt in very safe hands. The whole team is very professional, courteous and knowledgeable. We have enjoyed every step of the process and you have made the experience fun and stress free. Special thanks to Tamzin and Melina for all your help and advice.
We wouldn't hesitate to recommend La Porte to anyone who is looking to buy or sell a property.
Sarah & Graham Bond
Tuesday, 25 February 2020 10:11
We first met Liesbeth over a year ago when we were considering our retirement to France. She listened carefully and patiently to our list of requirements and we discussed the most suitable areas and types of properties which might suit us. We returned last October to make our permanent move. Liesbeth showed us a number of properties but she saved the best until last. She arranged an excellent English speaking Notaire Bevignanis and Sacha was wonderful. Liesbeth helped with all the utilities and more. The whole buying process was actually very pleasurable. We are now very happily settled in our wonderful home. Thankyou so much Liesbeth and La Porte we highly recommend you all!
Christoph & Katie Chesher
Thursday, 16 January 2020 11:34
During the summer of 2019 my wife Katie and I were looking for a holiday home when we came across the website of La Porte. It instantly struck us as perhaps the most professional property website we had come across in our search, and to my delight the instant, courteous and professional email response positively confirmed our initial impressions. On a prospecting trip in mid-August we arranged to spend a day viewing various properties with Liesbeth De Beer. Liesbeth had already done her homework with us long beforehand, gauging what type of property we were interested in, price brackets and price limits, and what criteria were most important for us and in what priority. The day was a success and we found our ideal holiday home on the last visit of the day. Liesbeth has been a godsend throughout the purchase process, answering and assisting us with all queries and in recommending a suitable notaire. We completed the purchase smoothly in early December
Wednesday, 15 January 2020 19:53
Thank you Tamzin, Melina and Simon for taking the stress out of finding and purchasing my new home. From the very beginning you were responsive, organized and knowledgeable about the property as well as every aspect of the process. I felt like I was in the very best of hands, which of course I was! I can’t wait for someone to ask me about a recommendation for a realtor so that I can tell them LaPorte is the best. With thanks to you all and see you soon around Monpazier.
Anni & Michael Delahaye
Monday, 13 January 2020 22:04
To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, to sell one house within a fortnight may be regarded as luck; to sell a second within the same time looks like serious professionalism. In short, La Porte was brilliant. Having bought and sold houses in the UK, France and Australia, we would rate them as the best – responsive, sensitive to the needs (as well as the suspicions and fears) of both sides, always on the ball, always available. It also greatly helps that one is dealing with an entire team, all working to a single end. We couldn’t have asked for more or better.
L Ellis and C Wright
Tuesday, 07 January 2020 12:19
After making contact with La Porte regarding a property, they were fantastic intermediaries for communication with the sellers. The stunning photographs were truly representative of the property on offer and we fell in love with it immediately. La Porte made the whole process of negotiation and purchase very simple indeed, holding our hands at every step along the way. We can wholeheartedly recommend their services if you are contemplating buying a property in France.
Anna Bayman and Michael Barker
Thursday, 19 December 2019 09:43
We have just completed the purchase of a lovely house near Monflanquin, and would like to thank Tamzin, Melina and Simon very much for their help in finding it and throughout the process of buying it. They have been unfailingly helpful and exceptionally informative; they took the time to understand our needs completely to match their excellent understanding of the locality; their attention to detail is remarkable; and their support when we had questions or difficulties was invaluable. We have felt in very safe hands with them. Recommend very highly indeed.
Daniela & Georg Zimmermann
Tuesday, 26 November 2019 10:06
We just moved in to our new home and are very happy about it. Tamzin and the whole team of La Porte Property have been of an extraordinary help, always very friendly and uncomplicated and very prompt with answers. She only provided us with properties meeting our interests and needs, giving us reliable contacts for any possible issue before and after the purchase. They are open to all kind of questions popping up and trying to help in their best possible ways. Without their help our move would have been much more complicated. We feel lucky to have met them on our search for the perfect property. THANK YOU! :-)
Michèle & John Lindenburn
Monday, 25 November 2019 12:27
Liesbeth provided an excellent service. She was a consumate & professional help at each stage of the recent negotiations & purchase of our house.
We particularly appreciated the time she allowed us to regard & reflect on the features of the house. Liesbeth grasped immediately the kind of property we were looking for & anticipated the qualities we hoped to find. Above all, Liesbeth provided us with a kind & warm contacts & has been an indispensable presence throughout.
Virginie Picard et Dirk Schoysman
Saturday, 23 November 2019 17:11
Nous sommes ravis de notre nouvelle maison que nous avons trouvée grâce aux services professionnels de votre agence et à l'engagement de Mélina Landas qui nous a fait découvrir la région et qui a su percevoir nos attentes. Merci à toute l'équipe de La Porte!
John and Felicity Stamp.
Saturday, 23 November 2019 09:28
Thank you to all at La Porte.
The photos and presentation on the website did justice to our old stone house and we had plenty of viewings. To our surprise we sold within six months, despite all the problems of Brexit.
Liesbeth was thoroughly professional and so helpful during our house sale.Throughout the whole process, she was on hand, giving freely of her time at each stage. Without her, it would have been so much harder.
The rest of the team, too...Simon, Tamzin and Melina, could not have been more helpful.
If you have a house to sell or want to buy a property, we thoroughly recommend La Porte. Thank you all.
ann en bob Weijer De Maere
Monday, 18 November 2019 10:18
Dank aan Liesbeth De Beer,
Door haar persoonlijke aandacht en accurate werkwijze werd onze tijd naar het zoeken en vinden van een geschikt pand nuttig besteed !
Proficiat Liesbeth , wij maken verder publiciteit voor jouw en het ganse team LAPORTE
ann en bob Weijer De Maere
Monday, 18 November 2019 10:12
Dank aan Tamzin en Simon,
Bij de verkoop van ons pand,werd er gezorgd voor een goede interactie tussen de beide partijen .
Alles verliep professioneel ,correct en klantvriendelijk.
Tuesday, 12 November 2019 09:48
Dear Simon and Tamzin
I would just like to thank you both for all the hard work that you put in to sell my property. it all ran very smoothly.
I was very impressed with Melina she has a wonderfull attitude and couldn’t have been more helpful
My very best Regards
PARAIRE Claire et GERARD Michel
Thursday, 07 November 2019 17:58
Un grand merci à Melina Landas qui nous a accompagnés dès notre première visite dans cette grande aventure que représente l'achat d'une maison. Dès notre choix fait, elle a assuré la liaison avec le propriétaire, en relayant toutes nos questions jusqu'à la signature chez le Notaire. Elle nous a guidé tout au long des procédures à effectuer pour être prêt le jour J.
Claire et Michel
Thursday, 31 October 2019 17:14
We were very pleased with how La Porte looked after us . Nothing was too much trouble
from any of the team . Communication whether it was e.mail or phone excellent.
We would recommend them . Thank you all.
Mr & Mrs Gibson.
Eric Meisner en Tally van Calkar
Friday, 10 May 2019 11:55
Wij zijn heel blij dat wij La Porte Property hebben gekozen om ons huis te verkopen.
Met name Liesbeth de Beer heeft ons voortreffelijk bijgestaan.
Wij hebben met plezier, voor de vele vragen die wij hadden, altijd snel en adequaat contact met haar gehad.
En wij hebben dankzij haar professionele inzet en bemoeienis, tot onze grote tevredenheid, ons huis in Frankrijk binnen 4 maanden verkocht.
Dankjewel lieve Liesbeth voor alles!
Wednesday, 08 May 2019 08:19
We took possession of our beautiful French property in January 2019, and could not be happier! Throughout the process of purchase, Liesbeth de Beer our first-rate negotiator helped and supported us unfailingly. The process differs from house purchase in the UK and can be quite daunting. Not least, the whole business of currency exchange, at a time when Brexit was yielding dreadful rates against the pound, was depressing. Liesbeth was helpful throughout, putting us in touch with Smart Exchange, which we eventually used having researched other providers. Since our purchase, Liesbeth has maintained contact, helping us to find garden and pool maintenance and set up things like internet access in our new home. Her help in relation to our non-confirming fosse septique & sorting out the necessary changes were very welcome. We are fluent French speakers, (which does help) but knowing that we were able to draw on expertise and advice locally has been invaluable. We would wholeheartedly recommend La Porte and cannot thank them enough for the their helpfulness in our new venture.
Yair Bar-Touv and Hila Averbuch
Saturday, 23 March 2019 10:21
Hila and I acquired a property in Capdrot , very near Monpazier in late 2018. Liesbeth De Beer from Laporte Property was extremely helpful and efficient in helping us to locate a suitable property meeting our desired specifications, and to accompany us through all the stages to our full satisfaction. With endless patience, always with a smile, she answered all our questions and accompanied us in coordinating the necessary activities and made the overall purchasing of a Holiday home property in the Dordognes a wonderful experience. Thank you so much Liesbeth!!
Phil & Gillian Dibsdale
Friday, 22 March 2019 17:01
Tamzin at La Porte Property was absolutely brilliant in helping us with our purchase in France. From reminding us to bring snacks to sustain us on a long afternoon of viewings at the start of our search, all the the way through the negotiations and the legal process and with great after care post purchase. Her attention to details and customer care have been fantastic throughout, so we feel lucky to have found her and, thanks to LaPorte, our new french home. Even after completion Tamzin has continued to help us with all the niggly minor details you need to get through to get the house up and running, which has been brilliant particularly as we are not full time resident in France nor fluent French speakers. Couldn't recommend Tamzin and La Porte enough.
Tuesday, 19 March 2019 10:58
Je suis très satisfaite de l'intervention de votre agence dans la vente de ma maison ... rapidité et disponibilité en cas de besoin sont vos atouts ... sans oublier la gentillesse et le sourire de Tamzin ...Merci pour tout
Saturday, 23 February 2019 20:15
Tamzin Renfrew always returned emails quickly and thoroughly answered every question we posed, large or small. (And we had many questions.) She made the whole process of buying a house in France from the United States very comfortable and seamless.
Saturday, 23 February 2019 20:12
For Americans, finding and purchasing a home in France is not the easiest thing to do, especially if you don't have advanced French proficiency, a familiarity with the region's laws and customs, and/or relatives and friends nearby to help you scout. You have to be prepared to make make leaps in trust. Tamzin Renfrew was the answer -- she and Thomas Renfrew helped us make this enormous endeavor possible. They not only helped us vet the house to make sure it was all in working order (although know this: unforeseen things will always surface when you buy a two-hundred-year-old-house, and ours held a few surprises the first day) but they also directed us in the complicated process of obtaining a notaire, electricity, water, a housekeeper, and many other aspects of homeowning in France. In short, just about everything. Needless to say these processes are very different in America, so their help was absolutely indispensable to us. They were also very attentive from the very beginning to the very end. I highly recommend any prospective homeowner put their trust in her and her resources.
Saturday, 16 February 2019 12:41
After visiting a lot of properties we found our dream house with La Porte Property. We want to thank Tamzin for the excellent service and all her help.
Ninnia and Peter
Wednesday, 09 January 2019 09:43
Liesbeth is een enthousiaste en betrokken makelaar. Zij was altijd goed bereikbaar en komt stipt afspraken na. Wij zijn zeer tevreden over haar werkzaamheden en wensen haar het beste toe.
Johan en Maaike Noteboom
Tuesday, 08 January 2019 16:50
Wij zijn uitermate content met de bemiddeling van La Porte voor de verkoop van ons huis/boerderij in Monflanquin. Met name ook door de flexibele en uiterst klantgerichte houding van Liesbeth de Beer. Wij raden iedereen aan La Porte in te schakelen voor de verkoop...of aankoop!
Jeanne & Jacques Vogel
Thursday, 06 December 2018 15:00
We are happy that, at last, our house in St Martin is sold.
Liesbeth de Beer has been a big support for us. The buyers took a lot of time and she must keep an extra eye on the process. There were a lot of troubles as well as many things to deal with and that was difficult for us to organise at distance. But, always friendly and with a positive sense, she solved the problems.
So we want to let you know that Liesbeth did a very good job.
Ton en Rinie Koot
Monday, 03 December 2018 13:16
Dank je wel Liesbeth! Voor ons was de verkoop van ons huis een emotionele gebeurtenis en voor jou waren we een van je eerste 'klanten'. Je inzet was ontzettend goed. Het was geen makkelijke verkoop, maar ondanks alle moelijkheden heb je ons er goed doorheen geholpen. Voor jou een goed leerproces, voor ons was je rots in de branding.
We raden iedereen die zijn huis wil verkopen, aan om naar jullie te gaan...
vänder Straeten Hugues
Thursday, 15 November 2018 17:50
Nous avons des les premiers contacts avec Lisbeth DEBEER eu l'impression d'être amis depuis toujours, c'est une personne très amicale qui essaye de comprendre ce que l'on recherche et pour nous c'est le rêve accomplis
Merci à Lisbeth et Laporte bien évidement
Wednesday, 14 November 2018 12:21
Liesbeth was very professional in her approach to selling our house in France. She formed a good relationship with us and the buyers. She was very knowledgeable and guided us all through an easy sale. She negotiated our transaction and got the sale agreed for us. Would recommend her to represent you.
Tuesday, 02 October 2018 12:08
If you are looking for a property in the Dordogne, then stop searching and let Simon and Tamzin do the work for you. They set the bar high, and then over achieve.
I could not be happier with the service they provided. I now own an *** house in a great location, and all thanks to La Porte. The house they found is a perfect match against my brief, which they found without having drag me around dozens of properties over many days. Not only did they find the perfect property, they organised everything required to make the process run smoothly: From helping to find the right bank for the mortgage, Notaire to transact the deal, and even the utility providers once sale had completed.
I could not be happier and can’t recommend them highly enough!
Jess Thompson-Hughes (Mr).
M Bolbach, Georges
Monday, 10 September 2018 10:26
J’ai confié la vente de ma propriété à l’agence Laporte Property.
Je n’ai eu qu’à m’en féliciter.
Tout d’abord, ils ont trouvé un acheteur sérieux assez rapidement et la négociation s’est déroulée dans d’excellentes conditions.
Ils ont été d’une aide précieuse dans l’élaboration du dossier, en particulier pour résoudre les multiples tracasseries administratives.
Le tout s’est fait rapidement et dans un climat de confiance réciproque à la satisfaction du vendeur et de l’acheteur.
Bref, très bon professionnel, de bon conseil, à recommander.
Ian & Lynn
Wednesday, 05 September 2018 15:32
We were impressed by the initial advice given when asking to view properties. We discussed our budget and the possible additional costs involved in any work required on the properties in order to be aware fully of what we may be taking on rather than being encouraged to view regardless.
When we met Liesbeth for our first viewings she was so friendly and enthusiastic and we enjoyed her company. She was always helpful and quick to respond to our concerns and when we had decided on the house we wanted to purchase, she saw us through whole house buying process, dealing with any queries that arose. We found her to be a great support and even after buying the house she has continued to be readily contactable and, some weeks on, Is still in touch to ***st us with a planning query we have.
Excellent, friendly and efficient service
Marcus & Laura Cochrane
Sunday, 05 August 2018 16:50
We were first time buyers in France and what could have ultimately been a daunting and complex process has been made so straightforward and seamless with the knowledgeable, candid, incredibly personable and professional help of Thomas. From initial visits, both to properties that we had chosen and those that Thomas had identified, from our brief, as being of interest to us, arranging a meeting with a superb building contractor along the way who has worked with Thomas on previous properties, to finally, and painlessly, signing the contract with an incredibly helpful Notaire, again with Thomas there to guide and explain the procedure, and becoming the owners of a dream property that we still cannot quite believe has become ours. A big heartfelt thank you, therefore, to Thomas and also the team at La Porte: Simon, Tamzin and Liesbeth, who were there to ***st as necessary, for making the whole experience an enjoyable and successful adventure! We cannot recommend Thomas and La Porte highly enough.
Mr & Mrs Anthony Cohen
Tuesday, 19 June 2018 07:11
We have just completed the purchase of a property in the Lot brought to us by La Porte Property. They have been exemplary throughout the buying process from initial connection in December to completion six months later. Simon was our original contact and was responsive, attentive and interested from the start. He followed up our initial query almost immediately and set up conference calls to discuss our specific requirements and explain the process. Once we had agreed our requirements he provided an initial list of potentially suitable properties for our review. We reviewed the details of these properties, discussed them and rejected some. More possibilities were provided and a final list for viewing was drawn up. During this period, Thomas was introduced via email and was copied on all discussions.
We agreed with Simon in early January that we would like a viewing trip of 2 ½ days and he arranged everything to take place later that month. All we had to do was turn up at the office in Monpazier.
On arrival we were made to feel very welcome and placed into Thomas’ capable hands. He drove us around for the next 2 days showing us 6 properties in all, 3 twice. He drove us around the nearby towns and villages and allowed us to get a feel for the relevant environs, to understand where the local amenities were for each property. He explained the details behind each property and allowed as copious amounts of time to view allowing us to get a true feel for each one. He offered his own opinions on properties and locations and local life which was exactly what we were looking for. He even helped us find a restaurant for dinner which is no easy task in January.
When we asked to view some properties for the second time he more than happy to accommodate our requests and was open to all our questions demonstrating a clear understanding of what we were going through.
Thomas helped us with advice through the negotiation phase and in identifying appropriate legal advisers as well as introducing us to the sellers. He has continued to be incredibly helpful up to and after the completion, helping establish all the utilities so that we are ready to return and enjoy our new home.
All in all I would summarise La Porte and Thomas in particular as open and honest, helpful, knowledgeable, responsive and charming – a pleasure to do business with. I would certainly recommend their service.”
Saturday, 12 May 2018 17:13
Having finally decided to sell our property in France we contacted a local agent and were very disappointed by their lack of enthusiasm. Someone recommended LaPorte whose professionalism we cannot fault. They encouraged us to get the water/sewage and asbestos/lead diagnostics ready early and always showed potential buyers around the property. They always gave us feed back after each visit. Once we had a firm offer they expertly guided us through the sale process. We were sad to leave our house but grateful we had chosen LaPorte.
Clive and Lizzie Breward
Wednesday, 09 May 2018 07:48
We decided reluctantly that it was time for us to downsize last Autumn. Simon and Tamzin gave us a very realistic evaluation which they explained fully to us. The second clients that Thomas bought to see our house bought it despite originally looking in a completely different area. Thomas had listened to their description of what they were looking for and suggested our property despite it not being in their preferred location. Thomas then helped us through some difficult negotiations regarding a right over the land and the sale was completed in April 2018. We feel that throughout the process everyone at Laporte was available to help and keep the process moving along.
Thanks you all very much for enabling us to start a new and easier life!
Sunday, 22 April 2018 06:50
After searching for a suitable property for years & viewing countless unsuitable properties suggested by other agents, we contacted La Porte... viewed one property only and are now living in our dream home!
From start to finish, Tamzin has been on hand to help make the process stress-free.
We had heard many stories of properties taking months to complete, our purchase whizzed through in a matter of weeks!
Highly recommend La Porte - just wish we’d found them sooner.
Simon and Andrea Heppenstall
Saturday, 21 April 2018 19:17
We would like to thank Thomas at La Porte Property on helping us find our dream home near Lauzun. From our initial contact, viewings and right through to completion, Thomas was fantastic. His knowledge with the whole process was a m***ve help to us, even down to helping sort our cut off water supply ! If we ever decide to purchase another property in the region, we wouldn’t even consider using anyone else. Thanks again.