Who: Germaine and Gijs
What: apartment in rue Marbeau, 16th arondissment
When: November 2017
"Pleasant, knowledgeable and dependable people"
Account of 6 months working with Paris Scarabee Frank and Annemiek:
In 2016, my husband and I bought a beautiful, light and very outdated flat in Paris. It had to be entirely renovated and the French interior architects whom I contacted, just weren’t quite up to it.
I Googled on the internet and came across the Paris Scarabee website, I got bold and called: Got Annemiek on the phone and to cut to the chase, a pleasant exchange was followed by an initial meeting and we decided to work together.
They brought us a good French contractor and we worked in a pleasant and constructive manner, communication lines were short and clear and all things we agreed upon were implemented fast and correctly.
Frank and Annemiek are fine human beings upon whom one can depend during renovation and decoration and they also were a great support in dealings with the French instances.
Frank and Annemiek listen, they advise when and where needed (in particular with French issues, they are really will-informed), they take over when and if needed, and they respect you entirely, they also look deeper into matters if so asked.
We greatly enjoyed working with you both, good luck fine people!
Who: Martin and Reginald
What: sale of a studio, 18e, near Gare du Nord
When: May 2017
"Quick and knowledgeable"
It worked! The sale happened. We want to thank you for your help.If we had had to do it on our own, it would have been quite a tour.
We were impressed by your knowledge and by the speed with wich you always answered all our questions.
So... Thank you very much!
Who: Peter de Vries
What: apartment in Rue Oberkampf, 11th arrondissement
When: March 2017
"Not a bargain, but worth every penny !"
Without Annemiek and Frank we would not have succeeded in finding and redecorating a Parisian appartement this easily.
The way they organize their search is very efficiënt, especially when one’s first residence is elsewhere.
They did all the paperwork for us. It was very trustworthy.
Because of the way they handled it, we did not encounter any problems with the redecoration of the appartement.
Annemiek and Frank react always very quickly in a pleasant way. They are a very adequate couple.
It is not a bargain, but worth every penny.
Who: Ellen & Jean-Pierre
What: apartment in Rue Manin, near Buttes Chaumont, 19th arrondissement
When: November 2015
"Mission accomplished within 4 months !"
'With the intensive, efficient and personal help by Annemiek and Frank we have succeeded to find a wonderful apartment in Paris. As a result of our in depth discussions with them our wishes have quickly become more concrete and realistic. On the first search day they presented to us a varied palette of 11 different apartments: in old and new buildings, with and without an elevator, 2 or 3 rooms, low and high floor levels, some a bit cheaper, some more expensive. The variety of the apartments they presented has helped to shape our thoughts: the pros and cons, what are we looking for exactly? At the end of the first search day we already had made up our mind. After that it went very quickly: together with them we made an offer, it was quickly accepted, we worked our way through a pile of red tape and paperwork, we paid two visits to the notary and finally got 4 key sets of “our” Manin. Without Frank and Annemiek we would never have has this result. We had confidence in their approach: businesslike, expert, energetic and smooth, explicit, with feeling for the Paris customs and way of life and doing business, and with humour. It has been a pleasure working with them. From the 6th floor of our apartment we look back at a few exciting and successful weeks in which we felt that we were well guided by this sympathetic duo.'
Who: Daniël Jansen op de Haar (The Netherlands)
What: Apartment Rue Caulaincourt, near Sacre Coeur, 18th arrondissement
When: July 2015
'Frank en Annemiek have helped me excellently with the purchase of 2 apartments in Paris as well as the sale of another apartment. Their French language skills, their excellent network with helpful real estate brokers, plus their very professional notary, were crucial factors in finding my dream house! They know the city through and through and they have pointed me to areas in the city, where I, considering myself a highly knowledgeable connaisseur of Paris, never had been before. I am now tremendously happy in my apartment and in my neighborhood.'
Who: Aasheim/Leslie family (Norway)
What: a studio with terrace in the 4th arrondissement (Le Marais), near Place des Vosges
When: June 2015
"Dreams of Paris"
'It started on a rooftop. Reading Hemmingway and sipping rosé wine. A dream of a pied- à-terre in the world’s most beautiful city. Paris, with its grey skies, corner cafes and intricate history had seduced us. A studio, a room, anything! We had to have our own little piece of Paris. We knew exactly what we wanted. We had a vision, a dream, a mission!
Frank and Annemiek helped us to realize it. When we first met for coffee in a local bar in the 10th arrondissement, we knew immediately that they understood what we were looking for. They shared our passion for Paris and had a keen understanding of the real estate market and its laws and regulations. They had the ability to picture what we were dreaming of, and so the search began. Frank and Annemiek worked diligently to find the best apartments on the market within our budget. They worked tirelessly to set up appointments with elusive sellers and real estate agents. There are thousands of agencies in Paris and it would have been very difficult to navigate this on our own.
The dream became reality when we saw the second apartment on our second day of viewings. Frank and Annemiek helped us to make an offer and negotiate with the seller (there were other very interested buyers). The owner accepted our offer above others because Frank and Annemiek were so agreeable to do business with.
Knowledgeable, skilled and entirely committed to finding us the place of our dreams, Frank and Annemiek were a pleasure to work with. They communicated quickly and clearly whenever we had a question or asked for advice. They added a personal touch to the process; they got excited when we got excited and nervous when we were nervous. They understood what we wanted, and they made it happen.
We highly recommend Frank and Annemiek as the property finders who will make your dreams of Paris come true.'
Who: Turner Family (England)
What: a one bedroom apartment in the 20th arrondissement near Place Gambetta and Père Lachaise
When: August 2014
"Better place for our money!"
'We engaged Frank and Annemiek to find a studio in Paris for our daughter (20). She studies there and wants to build up a life in Paris. We wanted something with a separate bedroom, in a safe
area, and a flat tranquil enough to allow for study. Our budget was about 250.000 Euro. Frank and Annemiek were very helpful in explaining us the mechanics of the market, the nice and affordable
areas; they also showed us some interesting areas we had not thought of. They quickly found a very nice apartment and were able to complete the transaction at the notary - within three months
after they started the search - at a purchase price of 235.000 Euro for a 2 room apartment close to the lively Place Gambetta in the 20th arrondissement. They also were very helpful in quickly
bringing us in contact with a renovation company which carried out the additional arrangements we wanted, mainly for storage. We would certainly recommend Frank and Annemiek!'
Who: Mr De Kat (The Netherlands)
What: 3-room apartment at Place Victor Hugo, 16th arrondissement near the Eiffel tower
When: September 2014
'Thanks to Annemiek and Frank my biggest wish has been fulfilled. In a vigorous and sympathetic way they have carried out our search for an apartment in Paris. Thanks to their excellent network
of contacts with real estate agents and contractors. Frank en Annemiek speak better French than a lot of Parisians. We strongly recommend them. Mr de Kat.'
Who: W. Stoker (The Netherlands)
What: 3-room apartment near Sacre Coeur, 18th arrondissement
When: June 2013
“Enthusiast and knowledgeable”
'Frank and Annemiek assisted us enthusiastically in our search for an apartment in Paris. They are very well informed about all ins and outs related to the purchase and renovation of a Parisian apartment. We also found it crucial that they speak French fluently. To anyone who needs professional help in purchasing an apartment, or doesn't have the time, we wholeheartedly recommend them.'
Who : J.A. van Dijk (The Netherlands)
What : Two-room apartment in the 7th arrondissement near Le Bon Marché
When: fall 2011
“A to Z”
'Frank and Annemiek work fast and efficiently. They left us room for our own ideas. They found us a unique apartment that needed a complete renovation. Without their help we would have never dared to take up such a challenge. Everything worked out fine and the result is simply beautiful.'
Who : M. van Engelshoven-Huls (The Netherlands)
What : Studio near Gare du Nord, 18th arrondissement
When: spring 2011
'If you plan to acquire real estate in Paris, it would be smart to work with Annemiek and Frank. We have done so and we are extremely satisfied. Annemiek and Frank have excellent knowledge of the French language and of French legal matters. That is important, because there are quite a few legal documents and the French notaries and real estate agents require many formal documents. Annemiek and Frank are practical, they work fast, and they provide answers to all your questions. They are thorough and reliable and deliver what they promised. They know their way in Paris and clearly enjoy finding an apartment that suits the needs and budget of their customers. We were looking for a pied-a-terre of no more than 100.000 Euros. We now have an apartment of 101.000 Euros in an area that for us is simply ideal. If you want to know more about our experiences, please ask Annemiek and Frank to bring you into contact with us.'
Who: C.J. Hage (Luxemburg)
What: 3-room apartment near the Arc de Triomphe, 17th arrondissement.
When : summer 2010
'Our search was very specific. We wanted an apartment in a defined area, that we could use for ourselves as well as for investment purposes. It was key to us that our wishes be heard, and at the same time we wanted help in refining our choices. The search process was very efficient and there was great reactivity in this market where top-class products are sold within hours. Everything around the purchase was taken care of, included in the price, and with continuous communication. They are knowledgeable and very reliable. As a result, we now have a fantastic apartment right in the Parisian city centre! It exceeds our expectations. In the stage after the purchase, when we wanted to rent out the apartment, we also used their services. Annemiek and Frank work perfectly as a team.'