I live in the Dordogne with my husband and our dog.

I have worked in the property industry my entire working life. I began my career in London, sourcing properties for a large agency and then moving into the Property Lettings and Relocations sector for Hamptons International in South West London, before moving back to work within the same sector and company in the competitive Cotswolds market. 

In 2022 my husband and I decided we needed a new adventure and embarked on our journey moving to France. We settled in the Dordogne, attracted by the climate, beautiful villages, food and wine and proximity to Paris, the South coast and excellent airports.

Despite working in property for many years, finding our new home wasn’t without its struggles. There are dozens of property platforms claiming to offer properties for sale - but soon learnt these can be out of date and quite misleading. We came across a wealth of local agents who still sell the majority of their properties through word of mouth or the shop window.

We learnt we needed to do four things. Firstly, we needed to be really clear about our search criteria - price, place, property type. Secondly, we needed to get out there and get to know the area - putting in the miles, driving from town to town, village to village to test and validate our criteria. Thirdly, we needed to get to know the local estate agents so we were aware of all the property on or coming to market. Finally, we had to navigate the French love of bureaucracy to get everything over the line. 

It was all well worth it when we finally moved into our dream home. 

We learnt a lot along the way and I am passionate about sharing my experience and property expertise with others looking to buy a home in South-West France. 

Testimonials

“Ed’s advice was invaluable when my wife and I were looking to move from the country into a town setting. He helped define our search criteria and advised on the specific area and helped us in our negotiation to secure our ideal property. We’re now settled in our town property and have the peace of mind of being closer to our friends and other amenities and have made a sound investment in a property that will meet our needs for many years to come. I can’t recommend Ed and his professional advice and approach highly enough.”

Paul

“Moving to the Dordogne was always something I wanted to do. I met Edward soon after arriving. He shared his own experience and really helped me define my search criteria. He attended several property viewings with me, each time giving me honest feedback about the properties and their potential. He also met with me and contractors to discuss potential works. He introduced me to the estate agent who eventually found my dream home and worked with them to give me the assurances I needed about buying my first property abroad. I am so pleased to have secured my dream home in France.”

Sylvia

“I worked with Ed for several years in South-West London. His ability to pick up market knowledge, communicate transparently and provide sound guidance contributed to his success in a very competitive market. He knows how to reassure his clients and negotiate any issues to a successful resolution and he does it with a real drive to succeed and passion for what he does.”

Elena

“I have used Ed to sense check my property investments for some time. His knowledge of the area meant I knew his advice was sound. He helped by reviewing purchases and giving advice about their price and potential. This meant I could enter negotiations with confidence and a clear strategy and come out the other end with properties which met my needs and were sounds investments too. He really knows what he’s talking about and shares his expertise with confidence while also being sensitive to my priorities.”

Helen

Dordogne River and Chateaux

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