Statistics tell us that we receive 22,000 unique visitors each month to our sites...Always being a little sceptical I'm fairly sure it is just one sad bloke in West Sussex who just keeps on coming back every few minutes!...I'm only kidding of course. I would hate to think that the 12 hours a day I spend managing the sites are going to waste - so do keep on coming back (yes, I'm talking about you Harry, of 22 Sunny View Terrace LA - that's Littlehampton) and we're very pleased to know that we are giving you the widest choice of property across Normandy & Brittany -
Before we get started...Don't you sometimes wonder why 'about us' pages don't always tell you who you might be dealing with? I do!....
We bought Le Roz in 1999 and, on the way to purchasing this gem, we had such a ridiculous time dealing with unprofessional people who, I suppose, thought they were behaving in a business like way - but weren't. They actually and unwittingly encouraged us to say 'yes' to starting our own agency. One which introduces those seeking to buy houses in Brittany (and subsequently Normandy too) to those offering them for sale. Sounds simple enough so far...n'est pas? We had wasted around £1,500.00 on disastrous trips to view where ineptitude and false promises failed to impress. We have discovered since that others were having the same problems. And so...
After a career in advertising, marketing and graphics, and finding ourselves being less and less enchanted with the marketing 'game', it wasn't a difficult decision. Tom, our youngest son (left) had (eyes wide-open, having spent all of his life watching us do it) decided he wanted to go into graphics and marketing too (these kids won't be told). Being further along the technology road (and why not at his age) he put our website together whilst I nagged over his shoulder - thoroughly spoiling his fun...Just like an advertising client. (but I thought up the natty strapline - "from ooh & ahh..." etc). We started AHIB in November 2001 in a very small, but ambitious way. Although the name suggested we offered houses 'in Brittany', at that time it was just in a very tiny part of Brittany. Ironically people always asked for the areas we didn't cover. So we had to grow into the name. Now, after meeting many of the right kind of people, we have most of the peninsula covered and a growing chunk of Normandy too. These days Tom (metaphorically) looks over my shoulder as I update 'his' website and he operates his own business designing websites and publicity material for others... http://www.publicitydepartment.co.ukSo, we are a small family business. Micki will be the one who answers your e-mails and phone calls and I'm the one who makes the tea and the spelling mistakes - Tom unravels the spaghetti when we have technical problems...I often joke that if the team were to get any smaller one of us needs surgery. Seriously though, we deal only with commercial agents and Immobiliers throughout Brittany, Normandy who are fully registered for the sale and transfer of property. We always endeavour to make sure that our associates in France help our clients by speaking good English (quite a few of our associates are English) but a smattering of French from your side of things will always help. And anyway you're going to learn aren't you?
Everything about Brittany is a breath of fresh air. We can't recommend it highly enough. It's close to the UK so that friends & family can pester you. It has a good climate, an education system (and school discipline) that Tony Blair must gag over (because those French kids are so well behaved)and it has a road network (with no road tax) that John Prescott could only dream about when he was tinkering with an integrated transport system.
(Happiness is discovering that a ride on mower that you have been given can actually deal with the half acre of grass that used to take two days to cut!)
We get around 700 hits each day on our two sites these days which results in a steady stream of viewings and many happy clients. Our agents too are pleased with the flow of would be purchasers who we hope arrive fully versed in the procedure of buying in France and ready for this new & exciting part of their lives to begin! We and our colleagues in Brittany & Normandy straighten out some of the hairpin bends of French property purchase.