"I would like to thank you, as just because one pays for something, it doesn't automatically mean that you get good service. You have been very kind and helpful and to be honest I don't know how we would have managed without you!"
Karen Williams, Gloucestershire (we found rental accommodation for her daughter who is working as a teacher in Perpignan for 9 months as part of her degree)
"I recently used Med and Mountain to help with the formalities of starting an Auto-Entrepreneur business over here in Southern France. I was initially reluctant to use professional services as I had mis-conceived ideas of high costs and little return. However, I contacted Med and Mountain after a recommendation and Louise was extremely flexible and professional. She not only helped me with the form-filling, but also alerted me to things I had not considered. Using their services was great value for money, and very reassuring to have professionals see the process through. Thanks Med and Mountain!"
Justin Harris, Thuir
"Med and Mountain's Help in France language service has been absolutely invaluable to us. All jobs, from organising access to the local recycling centre to assisting in the sale of our house, have been efficiently and swiftly undertaken. They are friendly and extremely helpful. We strongly recommend them."
Steven & Linda Hedges, Seine-Maritime
"Thanks for everything and the best of luck with Med and Mountain - If I hear of anyone looking for homes, etc, in the South of France I'll point them your way. Lovely to do business with yourself and Louise."
Siobhan Colgan, Barcelona
"After a few years of searching for our ideal 'Place in the sun', we settled on the Pyrénées-Orientales as the perfect spot. A nice blend of French & Spanish, something for all ages - beaches, mountains, swimming and canyonning, but above all 300 days of sunshine a year.
Some serious internet surfing found us Med & Mountain, and the expat British couple Mark and Louise Sayers, who run an estate agency/property search company in Perpignan. From then on, it was plain sailing - from our brief Mark found us three excellent properties, all somewhat possible but one absolutely what we were after. With Mark's guidance, we had our offer accepted at 15% below the asking price. From beginning to end, the service from Med & Mountain was first class - help with legal technicalities, interpretation, chasing the vendors and lawyers, suggestions for service providers - they did it all.
At the end of the process, not only did we get our 'Place in the sun', but we also made new friends in Mark and Louise."
Norman and Norma Lauritsen, Lanarkshire
“Just a final quick note to thank you both very much indeed for everything you did to aid our purchase of Mas St Joseph. I can't begin to imagine how we would have managed without you and I must say that both Gary and I were extremely impressed by your unfailing professionalism. It was much appreciated, especially when things started to go wrong.”
“I can't repeat too often how impressed we both were with the service you provided. Absolutely first class in every respect.”
Heather and Gary Burrell, Sheffield
"We had always dreamed of a holiday home in France where we could have the
advantages of the mediterranean sea as well as the mountains for winter
skiing. After nearly a year of internet research I came across
medandmountain; their tailor-made Personlised Search service was just
what I needed. They offered detailed knowledge of the area; the agents; the
latest properties and of course the french language!
Louise spent two long days with us viewing the properties that we had
decided upon. She offered her opinions and knowledge but was always
impartial and very patient and tireless! Once we had settled on a property,
medandmountain were there to guide us through the negotiating and
housebuying process. They have also put us in touch with architects,
builders and craftsmen. It is always a little worrying buying property, but
even more so when you do not know the area nor the language.
We are now owners of a lovely house which I am convinced we would never have
found by searching for independently. Thanks Louise and Mark!"
Bally Kandola, Bristol
"Like lots of people who decide to buy abroad, once we’d made the decision, we didn’t want it to take years to find the right property.
We’d done the usual; read the books, visited the area, looked in estate agents windows and papers and spent hours and hours trawling the internet. It was after our first solo, and unsuccessful, house hunting trip that we began to realise not only how long it might take but also how scary the process was when you only have limited understanding of the language.
Having seen the Med and Mountain Personalised Search service on the website, we decided to find out a bit more. From the first e-mail and telephone call we began to feel a lot happier and a lot more confident. We gave Mark and Louise details of what we were looking for; size, location, budget etc and within days we’d received information on a range of properties from a variety of estate agents and private sellers – properties we’d never have found by ourselves.
Within a matter of weeks we had five properties we really wanted to see and decided to arrange a trip.
This time we weren’t anxious; we were confident and excited. Every house we saw met the specifications we’d given and we had the luxury of making a decision on things like slightly better location, slightly more outside space.
By the end of our three day visit we’d decided on a property. Louise negotiated a lower price, the offer was accepted and we signed the compromis de vente, with Louise translating, before coming home.
The service continued with arranging the survey, liasing with the notaire, advice on currency transfers, sorting out insurance and local taxes, contacting utility companies, advice and guidance on the day of signing and even now, after we’ve taken possession, with help sorting out bills, setting up direct debits and lots more. Nothing was ever a bother!
From first contacting Med and Mountain to signing the compromis de vente was approximately 6 weeks. If we hadn’t decided to use the Personalised Search service I’m sure we wouldn’t at this point have found a house in France and we certainly wouldn’t have found our house."
Don and Joan Cameron, Glasgow
"Our move to the Pyrénées-Orientales was completely out of the blue, unresearched and most definitely unplanned; a visit to family members who had moved from the UK to the Perpignan area proved life-changing. Unlike most of Mark and Louise's clients we had no prior knowledge of this part of France, just an unswerving belief that this was where we wanted to be and, in retrospect, finding Med and Mountain was fortuitous with bells on.
We were in the market for an all-year-round home, not just a holiday property, and the excellent service they offer was just what we needed to steer us through such an enormous undertaking. Thanks to Med and Mountain, our mid-life adventure has remained just that and never once veered towards mid-life mistake or, worse, crisis.
Mark and Louise are caring professionals who are prepared to go that extra mile always. Like Joan and Don Cameron, we are seriously impressed with the extent of their commitment and the services they offer. Nothing is ever too much trouble and they're always there when you need them. Their second child was born shortly after we moved to the Pyrénées-Orientales and the level of service remained superb at a time when we fully expected them to take things a bit easier.
Two months into our new life in a delightful village in the foothills of Mount Canigou we know we've made the right decision and love the wonderful house they found for us. It's exactly what we were looking for and fitted our criteria precisely. Med and Mountain's 'Help in France' service is an added bonus. It's great to know Mark and Louise are there whenever you need them down the years to come.
We cannot recommend Med and Mountain strongly enough."
Sandy Mulkeen, Dorset
Thank you for your help over the last couple of months. As you know we were quite concerned about being caught up in the middle of a French bureaucratic nightmare over our council taxes. It is now over thanks to you and arrangements will shortly be in place to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
In all our dealings with you and Mark we have been impressed with your service, from your vision over what could be done with the house, your advice and guidance through the purchase process right the way up to the signing at the notaire. Mark even went with us to organise the electricity and water supplies.
Now your Help in France service has sorted out our council taxes and I’m positive it will be as helpful to others as it was to us. We shall certainly be back.
We will certainly be recommending your services to all our friends as, and this is the one downside, they’ve all seen how easy you made it, and all want to move here!
Thank you once again,
Best wishes for the future."
Keith and Fliss Piner, Bognor Regis