...from Adrian Leeds and your friends at Parler Paris!
Adrian Leeds Group
After approximately six weeks, Adrian
telephoned us with the news that her
staff had found the perfect apartment.
also emailed us some photos of the place -- we took it sight unseen!
For us, the apartment is in a perfect location, the Marais.
We love the ambiance of the 3rd arrondissement with all of its history and historical buildings, yet with a wide variety of cafés, shops, markets, and people.
was quite helpful in suggesting a variety of mortgage companies for us to investigate.
One of her
associates also accompanied us to the Notaire for the official signing of all of the paperwork.
Once again, Adrian's
group came to the rescue!
Adrian's suggested interior designer, Martine di Mattéo, listened to our color preferences and wishes for the apartment and created our little piece of heaven.
We strongly recommend Adrian
newsletters, and the property consultation services provided by her
Our dream required research, of course, and in searching for a way to make it happen, we found Adrian
We subscribed to her
witty and informative e-newsletters and continued to cultivate our dream.
A couple of years later, we took a big step.
Mary jumped on a plane to Paris to attend one of Adrian's
"Living and Working in Paris" conferences.
In between, we met with lenders Adrian
On the very last day, we found the apartment we wanted and put in the offer.
By summer we returned for the closing with the seller and the Notaire, again ably assisted by Adrian's
staff at every juncture.
The next step -- renovation -- turned out to be the most difficult, but again we found that putting our trust in Adrian
would lead us in the right direction.
We used the decorator Adrian suggested and, gulp, gave the decorator a credit card to buy furnishings.
That's what made this the most difficult step - "overseeing" the renovation of an entire apartment without actually overseeing it!
Adrian and her team have been booking and overseeing our apartment rental since December of 2008, and we couldn't be more pleased with their dedication and personalized service.
Not only are they consummate professionals, but they really do make dreams come true.
From Illysia and Alec
The experience of buying an apartment with the Adrian Leeds Group
was a pleasure from start to finish.
team were very responsive, always responding to my questions within hours, even on the weekends.
In summary, I would not work with anyone other than Adrian and her group in Paris.
Our first contact with Adrian
was very informative; she
explained to us the whole process, step by step, in a very clear way.
That first contact was very important to us - at that moment we knew that the Adrian Leeds Group
(ALG) was the way to go because we don't live in France and they do absolutely everything for you in the most professional way you could dream of.
After the first conversation with Adrian
sent us a form where we marked our preferences in type of buildings, and features that our dream apartment should have.
After that, everything went smooth and quick - in no time, Adrian
called us saying that her
staff had found our dream apartment and they certainly did.
They found the greatest apartment of all in a prime location and in our price range.
Of course, it needed to be renovated but it wasn't a big deal since they have the best crew to fill that purpose.
said, the apartment had great bones, with an open view as we wanted and in an amazing location, right off Saint Paul's station in Le Marais area.
The more contact we had with Adrian and her team, the more relaxed and comfortable we became with our decision to place ourselves in their hands.
has already written, the end result happened with lightning speed, and we're still a little dazed.
Our various email exchanges had prepared us for the reality of today's Parisian property market.
Even with their extensive networks, nothing much had surfaced that fitted our budget or location criteria.
We were under no illusions.
After all, even the best property searcher can only identify something that's for sale--you can't create something that doesn't exist.
So maybe the visit would just be meet and greet, form relationships with mortgage brokers, banks etc--and keep looking.
The day after we arrived, we met up with Adrian's
staff who'd arranged for us to view an apartment that day that had met all our criteria.
strongly advised that, if we really wanted this apartment, we should offer the asking price.
This means firstly opening a dialogue via email with at least two mortgage brokers to establish your loan potential, and a bank to whom Adrian Leeds'
team will introduce you; bringing copies of such things as your local Council rates/taxes notices, water and electricity statements, credit card and bank statements, passport and drivers' licence, even your Marriage Certificate, if you're buying jointly.
It is pleasant to recall how we had only just arrived at the Paris apartment we were renting during our search, still somewhat disoriented from our long journey, when several people contacted us with the words "Adrian
needs to speak with you right away"-from which it was clear that you are indeed a force to be reckoned with!
When my husband and I decided to purchase a property in Paris that a friend had turned us on to, Adrian
and the whole French Property Insider team were the most incredibly pleasant and professional people to work with throughout the entire process.
My husband and I had the great good fortune of meeting Adrian and her team in the fall of 2004.
We contracted with Adrian
to help us find the apartment of our dreams in Paris, which she
We are still heartsick that we missed getting that perfect apartment, but we really got nervous because in December of 2004, the euro had risen 15 cents above what it was upon our arrival in September.
And the predictions were that it would rise another 15 cents.
The numbers no longer worked and we ended up not taking the apartment.
Here is where our real praise kicks in: Adrian and her team could not have been kinder or more understanding.
If they were miffed at our dropping the deal, we will never know because they were both so gracious.
We look forward to our return to France and to eventually getting another "perfect apartment".
When that time comes, we will definitely want Adrian on our side again!
Thanks so much!
I first met Adrian Leeds
at a seminar that she
was conducting in Washington D.C.
Before meeting Adrian
at the seminar, I had received a referral from a relocation company in the US.
After communicating with a real estate agent in Paris for months, the agent informed me the day that I arrive in Paris that she
was not interested in working with me. Thank goodness I had set up the meeting with Adrian
, or the entire apartment hunting trip would have been wasted.
I don't currently speak enough French to even effectively order in a restaurant!
While I wouldn't recommend not knowing French to people who want to own property in France, Adrian
colleagues made the whole process painless and achievable for me.
When I decided to use French Property Insider's services, I met with Adrian in Paris and she had one of her representatives spend a complete day showing me apartments.
I thought it would take several visits to find the apartment for my purposes and that met my expectations.
The last apartment I saw on the first day of hunting was the apartment I ended up purchasing.
The apartment met all of my wants, needs and desires.
By the end of the day, Adrian
had joined us for a second viewing of the apartment and that evening we discussed the offer to the seller.
and other colleagues of FPI
were able to work out all the difficulties.
Sorry for my long-winded reference, but I thought it might be helpful to you to have a thorough understanding of why I have given Adrian
and everyone at French Property Insider
such a high recommendation!
Please don't hesitate to contact me again, if I can answer any other questions.
Yes, let me stress that Adrian
was absolutely marvelous.
There is no way we could have done it without the help of Adrian Leeds
and all of the referrals she
has put us in touch with.
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