Home Hunts, the leading buyers’ agent, specialising in finding luxury properties for sale throughout the South of France, Paris, Monaco, the French Alps and Geneva has recently announced its launch into London. The company’s success in discretely helping wealthy buyers to find every type of dream home in France has led to a number of clients requesting multiple purchases including ‘pied-a-terres’, holiday homes, investments and off-market transactions in other sought after international locations, particularly in areas of central London and the home counties.
Home Hunts works with all of the best agents, builders and private owners and has a portfolio of high-class property which is unmatched. Its clientele includes Hollywood A-listers, rock stars, hedge fund managers, corporate investors and the cash rich–time poor that need a hassle-free solution to house hunting. Buyers to date mainly come from the UK, Benelux, Scandinavia, Switzerland, Russia, the Middle East and China.
Since Home Hunt’s conception on the French Riviera in 2004, founders Francois-Xavier de Vial and Tim Swannie have visited London regularly on business, with a view to setting-up a specialist buying agency team with experience in and around the capital.
Tim Swannie, Director of Home Hunts says: “We have been waiting for the right time to launch our property search service in London and we are very excited to be doing so now. It could be argued that this is the most exciting city in the world – with one of the world’s largest financial centres. London, or at least parts of it operates in a bubble of its own, much like the French Riviera and Paris. It is a haven outside the global crisis, which also offers an aspirational lifestyle and we are already busy responding to the demand coming from our existing clients.”
Home Hunt’s UK headquarters is appropriately located just of Berkeley square in the heart of Mayfair. The UK team will be headed up by Brian Cubbidge who has 20 year of experience providing financial advice and property search for high net worth clients throughout London and the Home Counties. Brian Cubbidge says: “The central London market is unique as prime property sells very quickly. We are penetrating the high end market by simply replicating what has worked so well for us in France. We work with many of the best estate agents and developers so we can really search the market for clients. We also work with many private owners and specialise in the ‘OFF MARKET’ sector consisting of exclusive properties which are not for sale through any agents. This also protects the privacy of our high profile and celebrity buyers and sellers”
Home Hunts portfolio of luxury homes in London includes apartments, penthouses, townhouses, new build developments and period homes. It already has a wide range of exclusive properties in all the top addresses including Mayfair, Knightsbridge, Belgravia, Chelsea, Regent’s Park, South Kensington, Notting Hill, St. John’s Wood, Primrose Hill and Hampstead. Home Hunts also features a range of high-end homes and estates throughout the home counties.
Catering for the large percentage of international buyers in London, the Home Hunts team speaks English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Russian, Polish, Chinese, Japanese and various other languages so there is never any barrier with clients. Home Hunts prides itself on building strong relationships with clients who trust them not only to find their dream properties, but also to offer advice on the market, connect them with legal and financial experts, find project managers and renovation experts, or assist with the rental and management of their properties.
Home Hunts has a long term approach to servicing its clients and tailor makes each search specifically. In the past they invested as much as two years guiding a client through the buying process. In contrast, they also organised a number of viewings to be done swiftly by helicopter for a time restricted client on the French Riviera and by the end of day one found their clients dream home.
Prices for Home Hunts London properties starts from approximately £1 million and rises to more than £200 million.