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The Discreet Portfolioe

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At any one time, we have a substantial number of properties that we are actively marketing that are not to be found on any website or printed publication. We call this our Discreet Portfolio, and it accounts for about one third of our business turnover.


Examples of Properties sold 'Discreetly'

Chatreuse-sold-in-Dordogne-France Chatreuse sold in the Dordogne, with lake, 40 hectares land, woods, swimming pool.
Chateau sold in Dordogne, with lake, woods, separate coach house Chateau sold in the Dordogne, SW France
Luxury holiday home / vacation rental / gite complex sold in the Dordogne, France Luxury holiday home / gite complex sold in the Dordogne. Manor house plus five cottages, swimming pool, land.


Why market a property discreetly?

There are several reasons that we and/or the vendor opt for discreet marketing:

  • Often vendors need secrecy - they do not wish friends, family, neighbours and/or domestic staff that they wish to sell;
  • In a difficult market where buyers are thin on the ground and turnover of properties low, it prevents over-exposure;
  • Properties are let, particularly over the summer holiday season, and potential guests are dissuaded from booking if they feel that there is a chance that the property will change hands before their holiday;
  • Properties are undergoing renovation, and any overt marketing material is not able to accurately represent the current- or end-state;
  • Vendors are in no rush to sell, and only wish to allow viewings where there is a high correlation between buyer’s criteria and what is on offer. Essentially, they wish a more exclusive sales process, even if this takes longer;
  • There are sensitivities between the vendor and other agents (such as those through whom they bought), to the extent that they do not wish other agents to know that they are selling separately;
  • Often, we will send draft details of properties to registered buyers as part of our ‘Inside Track’ service before they hit the open market, and where this succeeds in finding a committed buyer quickly, we do not go ahead with overt marketing in order to avoid upsetting the deal.
  • As an agency, we often like it – it suits our style of being discreet and effective.


Accessing the Discreet Portfolio as a Buyer

We have arrangements with vendors to share property details and conduct viewings according to clearly defined criteria. Normally, this requires that we build up a relationship with you, the buyer, and clearly understand your buying criteria: budget, style, condition, location, purpose etc. Dependant on this match, we will then share details of those properties that meet those criteria by PDF. The first step in this process is therefore to register or contact us – we look forward to being of service!

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