Discover a search conducted quickly by Catherine Ziegler, our specialized apartment hunter on Paris 15th. Expatriates living in North America, Theodore and Carine can no longer afford to land with their friends with their 2 children, for each school holiday: they want to find an apartment to shelter them during their trips to Paris…
Why were Theodore and Carine looking for a Parisian pied-à-terre?
Theodore and Carine live in North America with their two children. Even if they do not envisage a return to France in the next few years, they want to have a pied-à-terre on Paris, to welcome them to the big holidays and for Christmas festivities. Until now, the couple had been staying with friends, but as children grew up, it became increasingly difficult to invade their daily lives.
Why did they need an apartment hunter?
Not being there, Theodore and Carine naturally focused their research on an apartment hunter. A professional likely to be, both, their eyes and legs on Paris.
Did they immediately contact HOME SELECT?
Having heard of Catherine Ziegler by word of mouth, they decided to contact her directly, to find out if she could handle their file. Our Home Select expert, particularly fond of this customer profile, immediately agreed!
What data was the requirement for Catherine’s research?
During a conference call on WhatsApp, Catherine Ziegler took a few minutes to explain how Home Select works and define the search criteria. The couple wanted to invest in a bel immeuble ancien, with Parisian charm, character and a certain cachet. Ideally located in 15th arrondissement of Paris, around the Pasteur sector. Not being there, Theodore and Carine did not want to not do work, even if Catherine suggested helping them on this point. At worst, they consented to a little paint job. In other words, the apartment, at least two bedrooms,had to be redone at the level of the toilets and kitchens.
In what state of mind did Catherine conduct her research?
On the examination of these criteria, if our apartment hunter estimated the budget of the correct couple, the fact of not wanting work could make it barely sufficient … The research was “sporting” but, as usual, Catherine threw herself into the adventure with enthusiasm! She selected a few Haussmann-style goods and made 3-4 visits for her client couple: requiring too much work, she decided not to hold them back.
First offer: Did Theodore and Carine not get the good?
A few days before their arrival in France for the Christmas holidays, Catherine organizes her week of visits: by peeling the ads, she discovers a very interesting property, but 20,000 euros over their budget. This is a beautiful Haussmann ian apartment, whose only complaint to make is to be at the 2E floor (not very bright). Immediately, it presents it to its customers via WhatsApp, who decide to make an offer. Two days later, Theodore and Carine arrived in France and physically visited the apartment: they reiterated their offer of 20,000 euros less than the asking price. The real estate agent had confided in Catherine that the owner was in a hurry to sell and could accept this proposal. Unfortunately, in the meantime, another person had positioned himself at the asking price…
How did Catherine find a property on a major artery of Monopoly?
After the disappointment and the Christmas parties with the family, Catherine reconnects Theodore Theodore and Carine to present them a property, with magnificent performances, on a major artery of Monopoly! Indeed, our apartment hunter has managed to find an ad, in a suburban agency that took care of the sale of this property of the 15th arrondissement for a friend … After a pre-visit, she decides to tell her clients…
What surprise did our young couple have in store for?
Slightly further south than their preferred area, the apartment offers a magnificent views of the Eiffel Tower. At 6E floor of an art deco residence (a little cheaper than the Haussmannian), it allows to integrate in the budget of the couple the few renovations to be planned, while remaining in the initial envelope …
Did Theodore and Carine think before positioning themselves?
During her pre-visit, Catherine creates photos and videos, which manage to convince the couple that this is the apartment they need. To avoid a second disappointment, Theodore and Carine immediately write an offer very close to the price displayed, which is immediately accepted by the owner. A few days later, they arrive physically and confirm their offer! Catherine took advantage of their presence in France, bring in a serious and reliable entrepreneur, in order to define the work envelope to be planned. In total, three professionals will intervene to allow the couple to compare quotes and redevelopment proposals. Forced to return to North America, the young couple gave a power to a member of their family, for the signing of the compromise and the act…
How did the work go?
The day after the official deed was signed, work began with the contractor recommended by Catherine. She had committed to monitoring the work and taking pictures every week; our apartment hunter is particularly solicited on this issue. By the way it does not hesitate to interrupt the work, because it is sometimes difficult to assess good circulation in a space, based solely on a plan! Thus, as the days go by, the kitchen takes the place of the current bathroom (and vice versa); the non-carrier partitions are knocked down, to open the kitchen to the living room and the magnificent view of the rooftops of Paris and the Eiffel Tower; The floor is sanded; closets appear in the rooms, etc. The contractor delivers the apartment within the allotted time, based on the agreed estimate.
Seduction and perseverance!
The main difficulty of this file was to soften the suburban agency, which had just been shunned by another real estate hunter… Fortunately, Catherine’s professional qualities were enough to weigh the balance on Theodore and Carine’s side!
And word of mouth continues…
Theodore and Carine are so happy with Catherine’s services that they have told friends — also expatriates — who are looking for a main residence for their next return to France…
Finally, discover the certified customer review left by Theodore and Carine