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Richard Rowland - Devon I am profoundly grateful to Attika and, in particular, to the admirable Katie Edwards for their handling of the sale of my property in Nice. This is how it should be done. My unexpected inheritance of this apartment this was the start of a nightmare for me and the only constant throughout was Katie's upbeat, cheerful correspondence and her willingness to extend her brief. In the course dealing with Estate Agents several times over the years - each time vowing 'never again', I had the good fortune to choose Attika who, in my opinion, have set the standard for other agents to aspire to.

Mr and Mrs WAUTHIER Around April we decided that an appartment in Nice would be nice. Where to start? Who knows the market?Internet of course makes it easier or so we thought. After mailing several Agents and getting no reply , our daughter then contacted Attika International in Nice, who promptly replied. Several emails, with Celine Clausse of Attika International later, we drove to Nice to have a look at potential appartments. We were met and showed around by Celine who didn't tire trying to find the perfect appartment for us. Finally after several days of walking and viewing a lot of appartments, Celine showed us one that we instantly fell in love with.Celine's perfect English, her Real Estate competence as well as her guidance through the French Real Estate law jungle and last but not least, her assistance and negotiation between the two parties made buying Real Estate in France an easy and pleasant experience. We can't imagine any better.

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Sharon Smallridge - London I have recently purchased an apartment in Nice through Attika
International and can highly recommend their efficient and professional
service. They provided step by step advice on how to proceed with the sale
from offer through to collecting the keys!
I dealt with Katie who was extremely helpful and put me at ease with a lot
of the french legal issues that I was struggling to understand. She made
the whole process very smooth and stress-free. I can't thank Katie enough
for helping us through this process

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Victoria MacDonald, Antibes

‘Our family approached Attika International after two years of failed and problematic attempts to sell our apartment. We received a clear and honest appraisal of the apartment we were selling in the old town of Antibes, and detailed briefs as regards process and timeframes for the possible conclusion of a sale. Attika went out of their way to answer all our questions, in writing, and kept us informed of all developments, no matter how small, in their efforts to sell our apartment. They were dexterous in managing other agents, their clients and a whole range of others involved in the process, from the notaires to lawyers, so that we felt, at all times, that our concerns and requirements were addressed in a timeous and professional manner.

The staff of Attika are incredibly warm and approachable on any issue, even when it came to the 11th hour and our buyer decided he no longer wanted some of the furniture left in the apartment (after having requested it earlier), and Attika had the apartment cleared within 24 hours. Attika paid great attention to detail when it came to possible issues with the apartment that could put off a prospective buyer, and it was so easy with the photographs they provided, to have things repaired for viewing visits, especially when we lived so far away.

I would not hesitate to refer Attika to whoever needs an efficient and hard working team to sell or acquire a property. It can be a torturous process and Attika work to ensure it is as smooth-running and accommodating as is possible.’

Victoria Macdonald
Jann Hylton
Juliet Phillips
Jane Miller

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Dr David McDonough Having just spent five nights in our apartment in the Old Town of Nice 
we are delighted with our new purchase. We spent two days flat hunting 
with Attika last September and your agents showed us a good selection 
of properties. Not only that but when we finally bought your agent proved 
invaluable with her connections with rental companies and even set-up 
an account for the electricity for us. Having already bought before in 
France , it is much easier when some-one like Attika who can do these sort 
of things for you ! Many thanks.
Kind Regards,
Dr David McDonough.

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Olga Kucherova-Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Russia Dear Claire,

We would like to express our appreciaiton for the great service we received from Attika International and in particular, from Vanessa Hartley. We have been in contact with Vanessa first over the phone and e-mails (we are located in Russia) and then personally during our two visits to the Cote D'Azur. She has been always professional in her responses, efficient, had an in depth knowledge of the market and did not hesitate to give her personal advice on many questions which we had. We have seen quite a few properties (both new build and secondary market), and Vanessa always had enough time for us and our questions. She also helped us with additional advice on furniture, kitchen, contacts with the Bank and rental agency. Once again, thanks a lot, we would definitely recommend your agency to anyone interested in the property market.

Sincerely
Olga K.

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Helen Maclean - purchased in Nice

I have no hesitation in recommending Attika to any property hunters.

Right from the first email contact with your agency to the final signing of the purchase agreement your agents have been accessible, friendly, adaptable and always willing to find a way to meet with me or action my requirements.

 

Our agent took the initiative of showing me a property outside of my brief but just perfect for my needs. She arranged a meeting with financial experts who worked miracles in order to provide me with a French mortgage when I thought that I would need to approach a Broker for a far more expensive deal.

She remained calm and supportive in the face of negotiations that were complicated..... After the deal was done Attika helped me find the name of an Architect who could tell me about planning regulations and possibilities for the apartment..... Attika more than earned the sale and I am more than satisfied.

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Gail Smith - UK

Attika International sold us our beautiful apartment in the heart of Nice 3 months ago. We are not new to buying property overseas and have other homes abroad but we do not speak French and do not have contacts in France.

We have experienced the most wonderful help from Attika who have organized absolutely everything for us  including English speaking solicitors , the collection of keys  the connection of utility services and many other necessary services to ensure a happy and easy move.

We cannot praise and recommend highly enough an organization who 3 months after our move are still helping us organize plumbers etc at no extra cost to us. We really have had and are still receiving a personal service  from Attika where nothing seems too much trouble.

 Attika International offer an exceptional service

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Cathy Sarnat, Washington USA Buying real estate in France was a new experience for me. Working with Katie was a real pleasure. She helped me find exactly what I was looking for, then guided me through the whole process step by step. Katie helped make my dream come true and I will be forever grateful.

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Carol Sanders, East Anglia When I decided to visit Nice in the hope of buying a property, I was a bit unsure where to begin.  However, after making contact with Katie at Attika International via the internet, things were straightforward.  Katie found out exactly what I was looking for and provided me with details of potential properties to consider prior to my visit.  Each property I viewed was suitable but Katie helped me narrow it down to exactly the right property for me. In a short space of time I had reserved my apartment, opened a  French bank account and arranged a mortgage.  Katie has helped me every step of the way.  I purchased a new build apartment back in April 2005 and I am delighted to say it should be completed on time early 2008.  Attika made the whole experience as easy for me as it could be, they are so knowledgeable in all aspects of the French property system.  I would definitely use them in future if the need arises.  

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Ric Blaxill-London

The level of professionalism and advice we received from Vanessa when buying our apartment was excellent. She guided us through the buying process brilliantly, explaining everything in great detail as we went along. She always responded to calls, questions and e-mails quickly so we always felt confident we understood everything that was going on.

The after-sales service from Vanessa has also really helped us getting the apartment up and running. French systems are different so it is great to have someone with you who knows how they work!

Professional, friendly and knowledgeable - we couldn't have asked for anything more from Vanessa and Attika. Thank you!

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Sam Coates-Ireland

I want to put on record my sincere and heartfelt thanks to Chantal Grefte of Attika International in Nice.

My wife and I had been looking for a quality apartment In Nice during July 2007 and we found exactly that with the help of the Attika offices in Nice.

However it was the superb personal attention and guidance given to us by Chantal that made the whole process of purchasing such a good experience for us. When we returned back home to the UK the completion date for purchase was 3 months away and I can't deny there was a lot of French paperwork for us to complete during those months both for the Notary and the Bank providing a mortgage to us.

At all times Chantal was THE key person for us ,keeping the process on track and keeping in regular contact with us by phone and e-mail.....(e-mail being indispensable to quickly communicate / resolve queries in the buying process)

Chantal you gave us real world class service ......we couldn't have asked for better ! "

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Kate Cowie-Liverpool

After making the desicion to buy a holiday apartment in Nice I did some research into prospective estate agents and was extremely lucky to find Attika International. Right from my very first meeting with Chantal I was delighted by the professionalism and efficiency of the company but also of the very personal touch that they offered.

Chantal helped me find my fabulous apartment on the first day and I signed the paperwork there and then. I did worry that it would become a long and stessful process but every aspect of the purchase went like a dream due to the help, advice and diligence of Chantal and all the team at Attika.

It was quite simply the easiest property purchase I have ever made and all completed in less than three months with Chantal always on hand to assist. Even though my purchase is now complete Chantal has continued to help and advise me with all sorts of queries that I had.

The service I have received from Attika is way beyond the minimum that one would expect - it is simply excellent and I would truly recommend them to anybody who is looking for a home in the South of France.

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Senator Paschal Mooney-British/Irish Inter-parlimentary Body

Copy of written reference: To whom it concerns, I am happy to commend Claire Healy and Judith Halmshaw of Attika International, Nice, France as people of good character based on my experience of the business and personal relationship I have built up since my first contact with them in October 2004.

They have proven themselves to be professional and honest in all their dealings and have been painstaking in their efforts to ensure that my interests have been protected at all times.

Paschal Mooney-Senator  

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Piers Flood-Chief Engineer

Copy of written reference: To whom it may concern, I recently purchased a property in the town of Antibes, France with the assistance of Judith Halmshaw and Claire Healy. I had been contemplating the purchase of a property in the South of France for some time. However the maze of complex regulations and financing options had always daunted me. In addition, time again I had come come up against disreputable Estate agents or other service providers who saw an English speaking "Tourist" as a good means to increase their bank balance.

As a non-French resident with only a basic grasp of the language I needed  some good advice and assistance from people I could trust. Claire & Judith provided this advice as well as showing me a selection of good properties at a time convenient to me and not the Estate agent. Through their efforts I was able to chose and purchase an apartment with relatively little difficulty.

Since the purchase they have also helped me get all the relevant services for the property organised as well as assisting me with setting up my French bank account.

 I would heartily recommend Claire and Judith, through their company Attika, to anyone thinking of buying a property in France.

Piers Flood-Chief Engineer 

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Ian & Jan Thompson, Kenilworth

Two years ago we put a deposit on an off-plan apartment in Cannes La Bocca. In July we paid the final instalment and were handed the keys. Not only were we extremely pleased with the apartment and the development, we were equally impressed by - and grateful for - all the help and support provided throughout by Attika. They found us a beautiful apartment in an ideal loaction within our budget. Attika's Katie Edwards made the whole process entirely pain-free, which is quite something considering the usual traumas associated with buying property (especially abroad) and that we speak very little French. The whole experience was a complete success and a real pleasure. Thank you Attika.

Ian and Jan Thompson, Kenilworth 

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Liz Tjostolvsen

Although we had been living in France for some time, it was still very useful for us to have someone English-speaking to help us with the 'ins and outs' of the purchasing process in France which can be pretty complex.

Our agent, Nelly, was always extremely helpful, prompt, discreet and very patient. Although it took us some time to find the right property ( which was no fault of Attika's), she stuck with us, and always retained her sense of humour! Attika also helped us to set up our rental property after the purchase process was completed, and we have been up and running for nearly half a year now. Without Attika, the whole process would have been a lot more complex-and stressful!

We can recommend their services without hesitation.

Liz Tjostolvsen 

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Mark Edworthy-CEO General Capital Finance Ltd

Having researched the villa market in the South of France, I was amazed at the mediocrity of presentation and service from the majority of the agents. It was refreshing to receive an internet link from a friend and to see a villa properly presented on a very professional website. I telephoned Attika late on a Friday afternoon and as I had an impossibly busy weekend Attika arranged to collect me from Antibes station on the Sunday morning to view the property. They were very helpful during the negotiation process acting with integrity for both myself and the vendor. Once agreed Attika supervised the entire purchasing process for me, introducing me to a number of local professionals to assist me. They attended both Notaire meetings with me, providing helpful advice throughout. Post completion they have continued to be very helpful and professional on all my enquiries. I without hesitation recommend Attika to all those buying real estate in the South of France.

Mark Edworthy-CEO General Capital Finance Ltd 

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Lis Kent

After being in regular contact with Attika over the past two years, we decided to purchase a villa on the Cap d'Antibes. We were absolutely delighted with the service provided by Attika and Judith really helped us in finding a selection of suitable properties which made our decision in selecting one a lot easier. Judith held our hand through every stage, offering us excellent advice and was very helpful from start to finish. It was very refreshing to find such a resourceful agent in the South of France. We would definitely recommend other buyers or sellers to use the services of Attika and wish them all the best with thier business because they really deserve it.

Lis Kent 

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Nikki Butler-Lehman Brothers

Nelly at Attika provided a complete stress-free service right from our initial enquiry to picking up the keys. We were collected from our hotel and shown a wide range of properties in our price range. Since we don't speak French, Nelly helped to translate some of our documents, negotiated on our behalf, dealt with the Notaire and generally took care of everything. Upon completion, Nelly helped us set up the relevant utilities and service charge payments and introduced us to Everything Cannes who now manage the property for us.
Nelly/Attika acted over above their duties for us and we hope to use them again very soon. 

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Paul Walton-CEO The Value Engineers

Attika made an outstanding contribution to our search for a property in France. From sympathetically understanding the brief, to drawing up a shortlist; from taking us to view appartments, to helping us through the maze of the buying process. If you want a premium service that's genuinely anglo-gallic, I can't recommend Judith and her team enough.

Paul Walton -CEO The Value Engineers

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