Even though we have some properties for sale, we work mostly as buying agents.
We represent the purchasers of property within the legal frame of a « Mandat de recherche » (a purchasing contract, by opposition to a listing contract) and only get paid upon successful completion of a purchase.
Typically we split the commissions with another agency, often the one that represents the sellers, even though not
We usually manage to organize visits of 8 to 10 properties per day during the preliminary "discovery" phase, all pre-selected from the selections we prepare based on precise criteria. This intensive start allows for our Clients to optimize their search and get a very good feel for the current market.
We pick you up at your hotel or the airport in a comfortable car, with the entire schedule pre-organized. Our clients do not need to make appointments, drive, call agents, they just have to focus on the properties. We provide water and cookies too !!!
We have no particular interest in selling any property or with any agency in particular. Since we're buyer's agents, no matter which property our Client chooses, we're still getting our commission. That allows us to give you our candid opinion on all properties. The quality of our work is the guarantee that you will stay with us until you find the right home.
It requires many skills and contacts to find and purchase a property. Not only do we work with literally dozens of agencies in the French Riviera, including all the most prestigious ones, but we also have a trusted network of Notaires, contractors, surveyors, architects, property managers to introduce our Clients to.
Riviera Hunt started in 2008 and we have sent thousands of properties in our selections, to dozens of potential Clients. We have visited hundreds of villas and apartments with them, in all areas of the French Riviera. Our pulse is on the market and we can explain the trends, specificities of each areas. Very often, we'll know the market of some areas for a particular type of property better than some local agents, because they only know their own listings, while we visit the same areas with different agencies.
Based on the set of criteria provided by our Clients, we usually come up with preliminary selections of 2 to 3 dozen different options, from several agencies. We source properties from our usual partners, as well as new ones for each new request. We have access to off-market properties.
Most deals are complicated and problem solving is at the heart of our job. And interestingly, the issues are always different. Important amounts of money are involved, emotions run high, negotiations can be intense, technical, administrative and legal issues are often very complex, many parties need to be brought together and reach an agreement. We know it takes time, determination, perseverance and patience to close a deal, but we always do what it takes.
People do not purchase a property like a pair of shoes or a vacation, we know it takes time and certainty before committing and we let our clients choose the pace of their search. It can take many months to find the right property at the right price. We're patient and will not call you every other week to tell you to make offers.
There are many parameters to take into consideration when purchasing a property: quality of a neighborhood, lifestyle of an area, applicable zoning and building codes, construction and renovation issues, legal and tax implications, investment strategies balanced with quality of life .... We can answer most basic questions and defer to competent professionals when such expertise becomes indispensable.
Our Clients deserve our entire attention because we provide an expensive service and have to be beyond reproach. Your queries and communication will always be answered as quickly and completely as possible. In any event, we always acknowledge any message from our clients within 24 hours and inform them of what we'll do to meet their requests.
We do not list properties that have been sold 2 years ago. We will let you know if we think that a property is noisy, may have structural damage, that pictures have been "photoshopped", that an asking price is unrealistic. We will not tell you that another offer is underway and that you need to act quick lest you'll lose the property. We strongly believe that honesty and total transparency pay off, both in the short and long term.
Renaud PIERRE has founded Riviera Hunt in part because he is proud of his region and wants to help people enjoy and discover the French Riviera in the best of possible ways: own a home there.
Renaud has graduated from one of Paris' foremost business schools,ESLSCA and then went on to get an MBA in the heart of New York from Pace University, during which time he also worked as a real estate agent in Manhattan. He also studied Law at Brooklyn Law School.
After a few years in the IT business and working abroad in London, Cyprus, Canada and California, he successfully created his Internet start-up in the French Riviera.
He then started his company providing private concierge services to visitors of la Côte d'Azur. This gave him the opportunity to work closely with people from all over the world, who rented prestige villas for the holidays. Many of these visitors told him how they appreciated being assisted by a competent local, working by their side in an unfamiliar environment.
All these experiences naturally led him to create Riviera Hunt in 2008 and help International buyers achieve the ultimate dream, own a property on the French Riviera.
Dominique ROCHER has a special connection to houses and apartments, and how they relate to the people who live in them.
After several years managing shifts in the health and beauty spas of exclusive resorts in Monaco (Thermes de Monte-Carlo), Megeve (Les fermes de Marie) or Africa, Dominique went on to work on Yachts cruising the Mediterranean sea.
After she returned to the French Riviera, Dominique studied Feng Shui and has several years experience as a Feng Shui and Vastu consultant on the Côte d'Azur.
As such she has visited dozens of apartments and villas in the region and has developed a keen sense to estimate the harmony and quality of a home. Her expertise is mostly based on common sense and sound advice.
She naturally moved on to become a real estate agent with a passion for her job. Nothing pleases Dominique more than finding the right house for people looking after their dream home.
Dominique's experience of many various types of properties in the French Riviera proves very helpful in selecting the very best for our Clients.