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The Team

The Team

Our Dedicated Team

French Character Homes prides itself in delivering personalized customer service. We are a small friendly team with a common goal to exceed our clients’ expectations.

Our energetic and dedicated team have many years experience in helping clients from all over the world, relocate to France.

From your initial enquiry, you will be assigned a member of our team who will liaise with you, by telephone or email, to understand your requirements. This person will then accompany you from your initial property selection and subsequent viewings through to successful negotiations; understanding of legal documents; mortgage applications; utility transfers and to your eventual settling-in period.

Being aware of our clients’ busy lives, our aim is to make your purchasing experience in France as timely and effortless as possible. Our personalized service eliminates the frustrations of call centres and broken communication links.

Simply put, we provide a professional and consistent service.

French Character Homes - Joanne Davey

Joanne Davey

As co-owner of French Character Homes, Joanne has dual nationality and over twelve years experience in the sector. She is fully immersed in French life having moved here in 2002 and having raised her two children through the French education system.

"I think Jo - you understood me better than I did by the end! Your kind help with defining and refining my wish list was invaluable.."

French Character Homes - Jean-Marc Labardacq

Jean-Marc Labardacq

As co-owner of French Character Homes, Jean-Marc is native to the region and has over twenty years experience in estate agency, as well as having been elected as deputy mayor of his village.

" I want to say a big thank you to Jean-Marc, who even helped me set up French Bank accounts and all my utility bills. Nothing was to much to ask of FCH, they are still assisting me today ... The after care I would call it, is second to none."

French Character Homes - Samantha Harris

Samantha Harris

Samantha joined French Character Homes one year after launch, having previously worked 5 years for a French multi-national estate agency. As a key team member, Sam has excellent professional knowledge and always strives to deliver a high level of customer service coupled with a friendly and approachable persona. Samantha covers the area to the west of Pau, around Salies de Béarn, where she also has an enviable handle on the local market.

"Sam has been without a doubt the best thing about our adventure in buying property .. She has wonderful local knowledge and nothing seems to be too much trouble. She is a lot more than an agent ..."

French Character Homes - Rebecca Garnett-Bézie

Rebecca Garnett-Bézie

Rebecca joined French Character Homes after many years in the world of Start-Ups … Her technical knowledge; enthusiasm and natural desire to go that extra mile with each client, coupled with her personable contact and natural passion for real estate are evident when you meet Rebecca.

"Rebecca spent the whole weekend with us showing us everything that we could possibly see, she was so helpful and went above and beyond ..."

French Character Homes - Louise Leteux

Louise Leteux

Louise’s natural passion for history and character homes lead her to join French Character Homes with nine former years experience in the industry. Having travelled the world in her former career, Louise chose to settle in the picturesque Basque Country where she is fully integrated into the local culture and on the doorstep of the most spectacular scenery to enjoy one of her many hobbies, trekking.

"Louise covers the area south of Pau and along the foothills of the Pyrenees where she has an excellent handle on the market. "

French Character Homes - Isabelle Shaw

Isabelle Shaw

Issy, having grown up in France and been immersed in French Character Homes, is bilingual and has a natural interest in character homes. She is currently studying for a Maths & Applied Science degree at Bordeaux university but her strong passion lies in IT and social media.

" ... Issy is driving the digitalisation of our agency."

French Character Homes - Agent Commercial

Join our Team as an Agent Commercial

French Character Homes is looking for bilingual, dynamic and self-motivated sales people to join our team.

As an Agent Commercial your role will include sourcing properties, photographing and writing marketing details as well as effectively communicating with prospective clients, vendors, and legal professionals.

Full in-house training will be provided; however, a sales background would be desirable.

Please send a copy of your CV and a brief explanation of why you feel you could be a perfect addition to our team to

" We bought a beautiful Béarnaise farmhouse through Samantha Harris. We had been looking for a French home for a number of years, in the course of which we’d had a variety of experiences with different agents.

Samantha and French Character Homes proved refreshingly and impressively different. First, FCH has an excellent range of quality properties in the Western Pyrenees Atlantic region and a deep knowledge of the local market, which really helped us make the right choice of property. Secondly, we were extremely impressed with Samantha’s approachable manner and exceptional levels of customer service. Her ‘can-do’ approach helped make the whole process, which is inherently somewhat more complex than in the UK, that much smoother.

Samantha has a deep knowledge of Béarn and of the purchase process in France and really ‘went the extra mile’ to ensure we were kept fully informed at all times and had all the information required to make the right decisions on a timely basis. We’re grateful that, aside from handling the negotiations, providing translation assistance and seamlessly facilitating the process with the Notary, she’s been a fountain of knowledge on who to speak to for various improvement projects we had in mind.

We’ve made seven property purchase processes in the UK in our lifetimes and have never experienced from any other agent before the level and quality of service that we experienced from Samantha and FCH. We’re happy to recommend their services to other buyers of character property in the Bearn. "

Philip Temme and Richard Carreau-Floume, UK – Buyers

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