"Geranium Immobilier" - the Perfect Service for Property Buyers in the Alps

Geranium Immobilier is an estate agency that gives property seekers the extra help they really want

A refreshingly different estate agency

Geranium Immobilier says it is "refreshingly different". And, it is. The estate agency was set up some three years ago on the back of the experience of founder Jo MacGovern. Having worked in the immobilier trade for some years in the French Alps, Jo spotted a gap in the market for a new type of estate agency. One that combined the local knowledge of a French immobilier with the best practice of a British estate agency, in order to cater for the large number of English-speaking clients in the area. Recognising that clients from the UK needed more information and help than was currently provided by most immobiliers, Jo set up Geranium and has never looked back.

A perfect year-round home and a great investment

The area covered by Geranium is relatively small, but carefully chosen. Jo and her team passionately believe that the Haute-Savoie, and more specifically, Morzine and its surrounding villages, represents the best of the French Alps. It's perfect for winter sports of course, and perennially popular with those seeking ski properties. But, winter or summer, there are activities for all and a wonderful quality of life. Property in the Haute-Savoie is a great investment as whatever happens to the rest of the country, it never loses its popularity and prices stay strong.

Everything from apartments to Savoyard farmhouses

Geranium features a large range of apartments and mid-range chalets which make ideal and affordable second homes. It also focuses on traditional Savoyard farmhouses either to renovate or fully renovated. One of Geranium's most popular areas is Saint Jean d'Aulps, a thriving year-round village with a great community feel just ten minutes' drive from Morzine. Property buyers can get a lot more space for their money here. For the price of an apartment in the larger resorts, buyers can get a lovely chalet with more living space and more outside space. And ski-in-ski-out apartments at La Grande Terche (just above Saint Jean d'Aulps) sell very well because they are in a wonderful position and are very reasonably priced.

Modern and dynamic approach keeps Geranium ahead

Geranium's approach is a modern and dynamic one. Not content with operating within the confines of the old French immobilier traditions, the agency is proactive and constantly seeking to improve its service and stay ahead of the rest. Its original ethos was to provide a service that, while based on an understanding of the French system (vitally important), also offered the extra help and information that British and other non French buyers clearly needed. That meant offering detailed property brochures, including proper floor plans and quality photos, plus lots of detail about the locations and way of life in the region. It also meant offering help with the language, the legal processes and even assistance after completion. Now it means giving even more. The team are currently developing new ways to help clients, including offering audio tours of properties so that clients can really decide whether to make a visit.

A bi-lingual and bi-cultural team

Geranium's team speak both French and English fluently. That's a great help to Anglophone buyers who speak some French but may be unable to cope with the complexities presented by legal documents or even local accents. Moreover, Geranium's staff are also truly bi-cultural. They all know the area intimately, having lived and worked there themselves. They know what it's like to move to France, to find schools for their children and to integrate into the community. And they are happy to use this cultural experience to give you so much more than a new property in the Alps.

Geranium's help doesn't stop with the sale

Geranium will help you with every step of your purchase or sale, but it doesn't stop there. Even long after you've bought your property, you're welcome to pop into the office to chat or to ask for help. The team will sort out essentials like setting up a bank account, getting a mortgage, understanding documents and official letters and finding quality artisans to do renovation work. Because they live and work in the area themselves, all the agents have a network of contacts just a phone call away.

Geranium agents love the job!

Something else sets Geranium apart from the rest too. The entire team are passionate about their area, their properties and their jobs. The Haute-Savoie attracts people from all over the world, and the agents enjoy meeting and getting to know them. Clients come to Geranium from as far afield as Azerbaijan as well as from Britain, Holland, Germany, Switzerland and of course, France. The team have also had some interesting experiences during the course of their work. They've spent a day filming for the popular TV programme "A Place in the Sun", and visited a property where a pet fawn was grazing on the lawn!

Geranium Immo and French Property Links share the same ethos

Geranium Immobilier and French Property Links (FPL) make a great team as they share the same beliefs about the property business. Both are small, friendly teams that comprise a vast knowledge and skill set between them. Both believe in putting the clients' needs first and in finding new ways to offer the best possible service. Both place great emphasis on the importance of a prompt response to enquiries. So it's natural that Geranium chose to advertise with FPL.

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