The leaves of the palm trees swayed as the helicopter swooped in to land between the sun-soaked vineyard and the infinity pool. It could have been a scene from an action movie, but in reality it was a rather grand entrance to a luxury property viewing – the second of six planned for that day.
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“Our client only had one day to find his dream home in the South of France,” recalls Tim Swannie, Director of Home Hunts, the award-winning luxury property specialist. “After weeks of working with his assistant and visiting properties across Provence and the Riviera, we had narrowed down a shortlist of homes. The client flew in and we chartered a helicopter so we could show him the properties as efficiently as possible.”
The day went like clockwork. Each property was prepared in advance and the journey between viewings inspired discussions about each area from the most spectacular vantage point. “We also managed to arrange lunch at a Provençal château en-route,” enthuses Tim. “In the end, our client bought two properties: a modern villa on the Riviera and a hunting estate in the countryside.”
This might seem like an extraordinary 24 hours with spectacular results, but if you sit down to talk with Tim, or one of his colleagues, you’ll find that this is part of everyday life for Home Hunts.
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“Over the years we have worked with many well-known clients from the entertainment and sports industries, the business world and even royal circles, so we’re used to keeping clients’ identities secret,” explains Tim, who adds that discretion is key. “Whether we have to lose paparazzi before viewings, charter boats to visit waterfront properties, or find accommodation for a client’s entourage, we love rising to the challenge.”
The reason that Home Hunts can provide such an exceptional bespoke service to clients buying property in France is because it is a dedicated buyer’s agent. Launched in 2005 by Tim and his French business partner Francois-Xavier de Vial, Home Hunts covers the prime property market in France, as well as in Majorca, Ibiza, Marbella, London, Monaco, Geneva and New York.
Acting solely for the buyer means that the Home Hunts team can focus all their time, energy and support on the client’s needs. “Our consultants search the entire market to find the best properties, both on and off-market, to match the client’s requirements,” says Tim.
A support service that doesn’t stop with the sale
While the Home Hunts team is used to working with high-profile clients and coming up with creative – and sometimes extravagant – property-search solutions, they are also experienced at solving clients’ needs across the board.
“While on one side we’re dealing with real estate that is in excess of €20 million, we actually cover the entire prime property market and are happy to provide the same attentive service to all our clients, no matter where on the scale they are buying,” says Tim. “Some of our property prices start as low as €400,000, which is usually for those that need updating or renovating in South West France, whereas our Riviera real estate tends to open at around the €1 million mark.”
After more than ten years of finding luxury homes for clients buying property in France, Home Hunts’ help doesn’t stop at the sale. In fact, the team’s five-star service continues long after the “Acte de Vente” has been signed. This includes support with day-to-day necessities – such as renovation management, staff recruitment, car purchases, yacht rentals and healthcare guidance – as well as the most lucrative financial, tax and currency advice.
“Basically, we offer our clients a full, bespoke concierge service,” says Tim, “and we’re proud of it, because no matter how diverse or far-reaching, we’re always able to fulfil our clients’ requirements.”
If you want to search for properties in France, visit www.home-hunts.com. To find out more about how Home Hunts’ service can help you, watch this short film, and to speak to Tim or a Home Hunts consultant about your specific property needs, call +33 (0)970 44 66 43.