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.
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.
Wednesday, 11 April 2018 14:31
Voor de verkoop van ons huis kwamen we bij La Porte terecht. Het voelde meteen goed, professioneel en oprecht betrokken. De communicatie met La Porte hebben was open en eerlijk, wat een positieve ervaring was. Ze waren actief en kwamen alleen voor een bezichtiging als de klant ook echt geïnteresseerd was. Binnen een paar weken werd ons huis door Tamzin verkocht voor een hele mooie prijs.
Het hele proces van de verkoop heeft zij begeleid en zelfs bij de notaris was Tamzin aanwezig. Dat was ook nog eens heel gezellig!
Mark and Frances Castle
Friday, 16 March 2018 17:40
We have just completed on the purchase of our lovely property near Monpazier. Having described our vision to Simon and Tamzin,we visited 3 properties all of which would have suited us well, with one being the stand-out choice from Grandmas to teenagers. We are delighted with our exciting new project and are grateful to Simon, Tamzin and Thomas for their patience and ***stance in getting here. We strongly recommend La Porte, their local knowledge is second to none. Thank you.
Françoise et Benoît Bonnesire-Evrard, Be
Sunday, 11 March 2018 12:49
Dès que le début de notre projet d'achat en Dordogne, nous avons lu toutes les annonces de toutes les agences existantes. Nous avons de suite été séduits par la qualités de propriétés proposées par l'agence Laporte. Nous avions sélectionnés deux maisons et demandé à les visiter dans une période précise car notre séjour était court. Nous avons eu une réponse de suite, un rdv fixé immédiatement et surtout un contact disponible, Thomas Renfrew. Le coup de foudre pour notre maison a été immédiat mais nous avions un peu peur du côté administratif. Peur vite oubliée car c'est Thomas qui a tout géré. Nous avons du juste venir signer l'acte chez le notaire le jour où nous nous sommes installés. Efficacité, disponibilité, fabilité, qualité des biens, facilité pour les étrangers. Nous sommes ravis. Merci pour tout. Françoise et Benoît.
Neil Walker & David Higgins
Thursday, 22 February 2018 08:36
After two years of searching for a property we came across La Porte by chance on the internet when a property they had for sale caught our eye. As it turned out that property wasn't for us. However what came out of that telephone call was an incredibly helpful and supportive relationship with Lisa Honey who worked for La Porte and who helped us find the home of our dreams in Sagelat near Belves. Through her willingness to share her own experiences of buying in France and by listening attentively to what we wanted from the move, her enthusiasm for the area encouraged us to move our property search from the Sarlat region to the Bastide towns and villages of the Dordogne. Lisa guided us through the process of purchasing a property with the utmost professionalism and commitment and nothing was ever too much trouble for her. In addition, she willingly offered other useful tips and advice regarding the array of practical issues including banking, removal companies and finding a left hand drive car, often making introductions to other professionals and services which helped make the transition from the UK to France go smoothly. Once we had found our home and the offer had been accepted, Lisa maintained regular contact with us in the UK and on follow up visits to France. She always returned phone calls and emails, often late in the evening, and was always prepared to answer any questions no matter how left-field they might have been, many of which were often not related to the actual purchase. In essence the customer service she provided was second to none. The closing stages of our purchase became complicated and drawn out due to legal processes associated with some of the land close to the house. It was a nerve wracking and stressful period. However Lisa helped us find lovely rental accommodation to get us through the unexpected delay and helped keep us calm at times when we thought the sale might fall through. When we finally completed and moved into the house, she helped sort out the initial practicalities such as meter readings, utility suppliers and telephone companies and made regular contact to see if there was anything more she could do to help and to ensure we were settling in well. From the moment we first spoke to moving in, Lisa gave us the additional self belief and confidence that we were making the right move, one of the biggest and most important life changing decisions we have ever made. As we now look out at the stunning views from our stoned courtyard with the pretty village of Belves as a backdrop we are forever grateful that luck, and the internet, brought us to La Porte and Lisa!
Friday, 26 January 2018 12:39
When I wanted to downsize I asked several local estate agents to give me estimates of the value of my house. They differed widely as was to be expected. However, I did choose La Porte and although it took some time for the house to sell, I was always impressed with the professionalism of all the staff - Simon, Lisa , Tamzin and Thomas. They all brought potential buyers and always gave me advanced warning of viewings and then feedback afterwards. I can recommend La Porte who both found the house originally and then sold it for me.
Neil & Gill
Monday, 15 January 2018 18:50
We first called in to the La Porte office and spoke to Simon who gave us great advice and some months later we returned with to view a list of properties that had been picked for us. After a chat with Tamzin we narrowed the list down and went off to view the properties. it was obvious that Tamzin had really looked at our wish list and presented us with a great choice - one of which we have bought and will soon living in. We were delighted with the input from La Porte all through parts the process and would recommend them to anyone.
Many thanks to all concerned.
Karin & Brian Malone
Friday, 29 December 2017 14:54
We have just completed on our wonderful home in the Dordogne which was made possible by the wonderful staff at La Porte.
We had an extensive list of categories and features...some of which changed as we came closer to being able to purchase but Tamzin and her staff understood what we were looking for and have been incredibly helpful in finding just the ‘perfect’ place and securing it on our behalf.
They never tired of answering all our many queries and supplying information after information by return.
A first class service! Thank you all at La Porte and especially Tamzin!
Ian and Sarah Hoddy
Tuesday, 07 November 2017 14:56
Having searched for the ‘perfect’ house in the Dordogne for a couple of years, through a variety of different agents, we were recommended to try La Porte by the owner of a gite in which we were staying during one of our search visits.
On contacting La Porte it was immediately obvious that this was a very different kind of estate agent. Whereas we had had the sense that other agents simply tried to sell us any houses on their books that vaguely fit our criteria, Thomas and Simon took the time to understand exactly what we were looking for and, crucially, why. Consequently, by the time we came to visit the list of half a dozen properties we’d selected from the La Porte website, Thomas was able to accurately predict our reactions to each one – what aspects we would like and which we wouldn’t.
It was very refreshing to work with an agent that was so tuned in to our vision of the ideal house and when Thomas recommended we view a house that had not been on our list because, on paper, it didn’t appear to meet our requirements, we readily agreed. Of course, Thomas was spot on with his recommendation and within a few short months the house was ours.
The help and guidance provided by Thomas and Simon during the buying process was invaluable and the whole exercise felt pretty painless – even parting with the money!
John & Dawn
Saturday, 28 October 2017 14:57
Stress-free and Successful
We started our French home search in October 2016, when we initially met up with Tamzin and Simon in Monpazier. They helped us in putting our plans together by recommending the rental of a lovely gite in Issigeac to use as our base for our property search this year. Working with them was enjoyable and fun; Tamzin, Simon and Thomas made it feel more like a family affair than a business transaction. We've now found our lovely home here in Beaumont with their help and have appreciated all their guidance in the French buying process that (to be honest) was less stressful than that in the UK.
Nick & Anna L
Monday, 16 October 2017 14:57
We have just bought a stunning property just outside Issigeac to use as a holiday home and have to say the process has been both pleasurable and easy and this is mostly down to the relaxed but professional approach from both Simon and Tamzin.
The property was on a few websites and had only recently hit the market but having nearly bought through La Porte two years ago we had no interest in going through any other agent due to the level of service provided previously by Simon.
Having worked in Property and Real Estate for over 20 years I have high expectations and these have been not only met but exceeded and this is continuing post sale with hand holding from Tamzin with setting up Bank Accounts and sourcing local contacts etc.
Basically a really professional service from likable people who genuinely care and we haven't been paid anything from them for this review
Norman and Jenny Begg
Sunday, 15 October 2017 14:58
We had a wonderful experience with Laporte properties. Tamzin really listened to us and understood exactly what we were looking for. She followed through in detail during the purchase process, making sure we understood what had to be done at every step. Thomas was also a great help. I would highly recommend Laporte.
Liesbeth de Beer
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 14:59
We want to thank you for all the help and service by selling our house.
Your team is fantastic!
Thanks a lot and good luck in the future.
Kind regards, Ineke and Liesbeth
Gary & Janet Arndt
Monday, 02 October 2017 15:02
We have been looking for a property in France for many years and have had experience of many French estate agencies. We found our perfect house with La Porte and the buying process was extremely smooth and very well managed - and the service we received was without compare. We were constantly kept in touch with all developments and emails and phone calls were responded to without delay - even outside of office hours. This even included a site visit on Bastille Day by Tamsin who was not directly involved with the sale of our property. We cannot recommend La Porte highly enough and would like to make special mention of Lisa who went above and beyond the call of duty!
Chris and Liz Collins
Monday, 02 October 2017 15:00
Thank you very much Simon and Tamzin for all of your fantastic marketing work and customer-based knowledge in selling our house. We were amazed at the speed at which you brought everything together- right from the outset, you had a clear vision of how to market our property for us and within an incredibly fast time, had found our buyers. We felt that your handling of the whole process was professional and also very personal and we couldn't have asked for better estate agents than yourselves! We have even recommended you to some other prospective sellers!
Thank you very much.
Chris and Liz Collins
Tuesday, 26 September 2017 15:02
In a time which has been difficult to sell property in France we have been very pleased with the hard work put in by Tamzin and her team which has resulted in a successful outcome.
Bryan and Ann Jones
Friday, 26 May 2017 15:02
When we decided to down size, we asked La Porte to visit and give us an opinion on the value of our house in Issigeac .
Simon arrived and quickly viewed and valued the house , we agreed and he produced the most wonderful web site good photographs and an honest description of the property.
Within four days the property was sold , we were amazed having expected to wait for the sale !
Lisa Honey gave us all the support we asked for, without hesitation , and right up to the sale and importantly after the sale.
Sometime later we saw the house that we thought just right for us , and again Lisa was amazing , always there for us ,meetings at the house and all the rest of the problems that can go with selling.
We would recommend La Porte without hesitation having sold and bought again ,and thank Lisa most sincerely for all her help.
Thursday, 11 May 2017 15:03
We purchased our home here on the Lot et Garonne/Dordogne border through La Porte Property and would happily endorse dealing with this company. Their agent (Lisa Honey) was helpful and professional throughout the whole process and we would not hesitate to use them again should the need arise.
Cyndy and Ron
Tuesday, 02 May 2017 15:03
We fell in love with the Monpazier area several years ago. and have been thinking of purchasing a home .
On a trip to Monpazier this past autumn, Lisa H. showed us the perfect house in Monpazier.
As we would be completing the transaction from the States and with limited French we were very concerned about dealing with the various French agencies .
With Lisa at the lead we had no cause for concern.
She did all the heavy lifting with the Notaire, the closing, the French water and electric utilities and even provided sound guidance as how to efficiently move money from the States to our French bank .
I am a bit of a "fretter"(worrier) and making a purchase from 5000 miles, a foreign language and 6 time zones is fertile ground for us fretters,
With Lisa at point, no reason to fret. I slept well.
We are happily now, actually as I write this, in our Monpazier home.
Thank you, Lisa.
Cyndy and Ron
David and Barbara Leighton
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 15:04
We wish to express our appreciation for all the asistance La Porte agency gave us in the sale of our property.Tamzin from the moment we met her at our property was a breath of fresh air.Her enthusiasm ,energy and honest assessment inspired us with confidence.Tamzin said to forget about the property and leave the responsibility with them.Throughout the sale we were informed of any progress.Tamzin suggested that they join with a French agency in order to broaden the property exposure to French people.The property required a complete renovation for which we did not have the energy to proceed.When Tamzin and Tracy from the other agency found a buyer they did everything.Tamzin recommended a notaire who was highly efficient and arranged for the notaire to act in proxy for us so that we did not have to make a long journey to sign documents.During the sale there was nothing unexpected because Tamzin outlined the process to us and we felt that our interests were paramount.Simon also advised and kept in touch throughout.We are currently selling three properties in Wales and only wish that Tamzin would take a sabbatical and handle these sales!
Thank you to all concerned for the highly professional service which is a service to be proud of
David and Barbara
Friday, 07 April 2017 15:18
When I made the decision to sell my property in Monpazier, in the Dordogne, I had no hesitation in choosing La Porte Property to act as my agents.
Having owned a home in the region for seventeen years and bought and sold three times, I was well aware of the well meaning, but chaotic attitude of many French estate agents, resulting in potential buyers being taken to completely inappropriate properties. Frustration on all sides ensues and the sale drags on and on.
Simon Renfrew, Tamzin and Thomas are an extremely focused and hard working team. They work hard to match a potential viewer to the right property and are also there to give coffee and good advice to anxious sellers. All this is done with great good humour which is always a bonus.
I put my house on the market with them in August 2016 and in a difficult post-Brexit market, sold in September 2016.
I have no hesitation in recommending them to buyers and sellers of property in the Dordogne.
Patrick & Marijke
Thursday, 06 April 2017 15:19
We put our property near Monflanquin for sale with 5 different agencies. Being a “Propriété d'Exception", as they say in French, we were prepared for a long wait to find the right customer and sell it at the price we wanted. La Porte was definitely the most active in marketing it and got it sold much faster than we expected. They seem to have a very good feel for their customers expectations and wishes. They were also very helpful in getting the deal closed. And as icing on the cake, they are very friendly. It was a pleasure doing business with them. We recommend them highly!
Jennifer and Mike
Saturday, 11 March 2017 15:17
We had a last minute change of plan and flew from our home in UK to Bergerac airport instead of our previous trips to Marseille. It was our first time visiting the Dordogne and we ambled our way to Monpazier.
We stumbled upon the La Porte Property office and made our way inside where we were met by Thomas.
His local knowledge as well as his polite and professional manner immediately gave us comfort and we arranged to view a property next day - which we have since bought.
Thomas guided us through every aspect of the sale; answering all our emails promptly, arranging an English speaking Notaire to act on our behalf as well as FX and Insurance contacts.
I cannot recommend Thomas and La Porte Property highly enough; he took the stress out of the buying process and I can only think it was fate that sent us in his direction.
Thursday, 09 March 2017 15:19
I found the team at Laporte very helpful with the purchase of my first home in France. Tamzin is very professional and efficient and helped me every step of the way
Clare & Simon
Monday, 06 March 2017 15:20
Don't hesitate if you dream of buying a house in SW France, La Porte agency will guide you through the process. We are first time buyers in France and after many years of searching, La Porte agency helped us find the house we wanted, thank you Tamzin. Buying a house always involves commitment and hard work but Lisa was always available to help us and now we are the proud owners of a wonderful property in the Dordogne.
Simon R. can give you good advice if you are interested in a French mortgage, and the agency can recommend an English speaking notaire who we found very helpful and responsive. I found dealing with the French lender a much better experience than that in the UK.
So despite these turbulent times you will be well supported in your purchase by La Porte, carpe diem!
Johanna van Meer & Willem van den Po
Friday, 03 March 2017 15:20
Selling a house in France is no sinecure!
When we decided that we wanted to sell our house in the Dordogne, we were fortunate enough to get in touch with Simon Renfrew of La Porte Property in Monpazier.
Simon came over to our renovated farmhouse right away and advised us both friendly and professionally on the ins and outs of selling property, on the value, the possible ways to proceed, how to get the required inspections done, etc.
After that, he and the rest of the La Porte team went to work. A beautiful, yet realistic representation of the property was, in no time on their site. Tamzin, Lisa and Thomas showed quite a few interested parties what a great place our house is.
The entire team, and in our case especially Lisa, were always happy to help us and advise us on everything we needed to know and had to do. Lisa was the perfect and tireless intermediate between us and potential buyers. Always there to answer questions, always ready to help, she turned a rather bureaucratic French procedure into a smooth operation.
We want thank the entire La Porte Team, and again especially, Lisa for a job well done!
Johanna van Meer & Willem van den Pol
Hilary and Patrick
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 15:21
We have been very happy with the service we have received from Simon and Tamzin at La Porte in their handling of the sale of our house in the Lot et Garonne. The advertising process was very effective, efficient and professional and communication at all times was excellent. Most importantly, they found a very suitable buyer surprisingly quickly and the whole process was nowhere near as painful as we expected and progressed very smoothly. We could not fault them and would highly recommend them without reservation.
Chris & Dawn
Sunday, 12 February 2017 15:22
A great experience purchasing in France
Really pleased that we found our first holiday home in France via La Porte.
They are all extremely helpful, guiding us along the way and providing loads of local knowledge and support. This extended to ensuring work was completed on the house before purchase, taking photos for us and taking us to the Notaire for the signing.
What could have been a pretty complicated undertaking became very easy and with their wealth of local contacts they are great for getting started in the area. Also a totally different experience to UK agencies who just take the money and run.
Would have no hesitation using them again the future should the need arise.
Sarah and Mark Ashhurst
Sunday, 12 February 2017 15:21
An Australian perspective
After reviewing the La Porte Property website in May 2016 we sent an email enquiry regarding three properties. Lisa Honey sent us an email asking us about our criteria and suggesting a telephone interview that could take place at a time convenient to our Sydney time zone. The thirty minute telephone conference was very helpful and as a result of that conference we decided to consider an additional property, that had not previously been on our list, in Saint Caprice d’Eymet (about 20 minutes drive from Bergerac).
When it came to inspecting the properties during our brief one week visit to France in June 2016 Lisa was very accommodating with our busy schedule. The property that Lisa had suggested in Saint Caprice d’Eymet was easily the best of the 15 to 20 properties we had visited that week and Lisa not only arranged repeat visits to the property but also very efficiently negotiated the sale price between us and the vendors.
Lisa’s involvement did not stop once we had agreed on the price she also suggested us with the documentation required for the purchase, arranged our notaire, and explained the agency and notaire fees involved. Lisa also walked us through the pre-purchase inspections and the effect of having a non-compliant fosse and negotiated an exchange of farm equipment in return for us waving any complaint to the fosse. After we decided to finance some of the purchase price with a French mortgage Lisa also worked with our mortgage broker and notaire to help us achieve what we had been told was not possible from Australia.
The completion of our conveyance was an arduous road (we had not realised how slow and complicated the French property system is) yet throughout it all Lisa remained positive, approachable and informative. Even after settlement she continued to help us with a transfer of the services into our name. We would strongly recommend La Porte Property and in particular Lisa Honey who made it possible for us to purchase our dream holiday home from the other side of the world.
Steve & Debbie Loughborough
Tuesday, 24 January 2017 14:15
Our journey began when we reviewed a number of properties on the La Porte website. We then spoke to Lisa Honey and gave her a list of bullet point requirements of what we wanted for our French home. Lisa sent us the details of a number of properties to consider each tailored to our needs until we eventually had a shortlist of four.
We first came over in March 2016 to view these properties and that was when we met Lisa face to face. From the beginning we were impressed with her professionalism, duty of care and genuine warmth. She wanted us to find exactly what we wanted.
During this visit we fell in love with a house and had an offer accepted.
Lisa then held our hands through the legal process dealing with all our issues and she even offered us various companies to deal with the currency transfer. She kept in contact with us through every step of the journey. We completed in August 2016 and are now living our dream.
Lisa has continued to keep in touch offering a first class after care service. She even helped us with setting up our utilities and offering advice on how to settle in to the French way of doing things.
The service we received exceeded our expectations from start to finish and we would highly recommend La Porte to anyone looking to buy a property in France. We are now looking forward to spending many happy years in the beautiful Lot et Garonne.
Andrea & Nic Merriman
Monday, 23 January 2017 16:09
Thank you so much for the professional service you have provided in selling our property in the Dordogne. After only six months a suitable buyer was found for our beautiful two hundred year old cottage. Your knowledge of the area and commitment to both Sellers and purchasers, ensured everyone was kept up to date. Any question is never too much to answer, and your support in the whole process resulted in a smooth completion of sale in December. Thank you again.
Samantha and Peter Needham
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 12:49
A few years ago we decided we wanted to buy a home in the south of France. It was our dream. However, we soon learnt that many agents were imaginative with property details and photos and we had a lot of wasted time and disappointment. Then we came across La Porte.
We listed a few properties of interest and sat and discussed our wish list with Tamzin. She really did her homework, especially regarding my horses and their needs. We ruled a few properties out of the viewing list but the first one we went to was everything we wanted and more. The house was exactly as described. The viewing process was a pleasure and we weren't rushed. Simon did the offer negotiations for us and we gave a top budget but he came in under it, which was a great surprise and reassurance we were dealing with people who were genuine.
The whole buying process was easy as Simon and Tamzin took care of everything, kept us updated and recommended companies for money transfers, legal documents etc.
We just got the keys last week and were overjoyed that the house was even better than we remembered or imagined. Tamzin has helped with sorting the utilities, giving us contacts for builders, fencing contractors etc.
We can now live our dream thanks to La Porte.
I cannot recommend them enough, they go way beyond the standard service of estate agents.
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 13:20
Nous avons eu de très bonnes relations avec Mr Thomas Renfrew qui a parfaitement organisé les visites successives, répondu à nos questions, a été un parfait intermédiaire entre le propriétaire et nous, a efficacement géré les relations avec le cabinet de notaire et nous a procuré avec diligence les coordonnées des artisans qui avaient travaillé sur ce bien. N’étant pas sur place, son aide nous a été très utile grâce à une excellente réactivité et d’indéniables qualités humaines