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Southern Provence and the Côte d’Azur

PROVENCE SEARCH buyer’s agents offer property finding services for those looking to buy property in Southern Provence and the Côte d’Azur (French Riviera). In addition, we offer relocation and rental search services to those moving to the Aix-Marseille region and need help finding a rental property and moving their family to the region.

The areas covered for house hunting and acquisition assistance in southern Provence include Marseille (and coastal towns such as Cassis and Le Ciotat), Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Avignon, Saint-Rémy de Provence & Alpilles, l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, the entire Luberon (Roussillon, Goult, Joucas, Murs, Gordes, Saint Saturnin, down to Menerbes, Lacoste, and Bonnieux) and the Pays d’Aïgues (Lauris, Lourmarin, Cucuron, Ansouis, Mirabeau).

In the Var, we cover Cassis, Bandol and Sanary-sur-Mer and inland Cotignac, Brignoles and Lorgues (la Provence Verte).

On the French Riviera we help clients acquire real estate from Saint Tropez all along the Côte d’Azur, including Cannes, Antibes, Cap d’Antibes, Nice, Villefranche-sur-Mer and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat as well as inland in an around Mougins, Valbonne, Grasse.

If you’re not yet certain where to buy or rent, or whether we cover your desired search area, please feel free to contact us. We’d be happy to advise you without any obligations. If we don’t cover your desired area, please see THE FRENCH PROPERTY FINDERS website for experienced independent buyer’s agents in Paris, Bordeaux, Uzes, the Dordogne, the Alps or other parts of France.

The Team

SOUTHERN PROVENCESophia van Woensel-Mose
PROVENCE SEARCH was founded by Dutch-born Sophia Mose in 2011. After working as a finance lawyer in New York and London, Sophia and her family moved to France in 2005, where they live in the sunkissed former capital of Provence, Aix-en-Provence.

As the only non-French member of the French Association for Buyer’s Agents (FNCI), Sophia regularly gets consulted by French and international newspapers. She has a Dutch law degree (Leiden) and JD and LL.M degrees from Duke and remains a member of the New York Bar (inactive). Sophia speaks Dutch, French and English fluently, as well as some German and Spanish.

COTE D'AZURRebecca Russell
Originally from New Zealand, Rebecca worked for the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong and met her Scottish husband after moving to London. In 2009, the family decided on vibrant Nice on the Côte d’Azur as the place to settle and for Rebecca to start her property finding business. Rebecca has excellent vendor agent contacts and in-depth knowledge of the French Riviera property market.

Rebecca is an independent Agent Commercial, registered under the agency’s real estate licence. She speaks English and French fluently and regularly gets consulted by newspapers. Rebecca writes on property for a variety of magazines.

Accomplished violinist Anne moved from her native Germany to Paris, where she worked in banking and finance for 10 years. Since she moved to Aix-en-Provence in 2002, Anne has worked in property, both rentals and sales. She joined PROVENCE SEARCH early 2016 and oversees apartment purchases and rental searches (including MOBILI-PASS relocations) in the Aix-Marseille area. Anne adapts her property search services to the needs of her clients.

Anne is an independent Agent Commercial, registered under the agency’s real estate licence. She speaks German, French and English fluently, as well as some Spanish.

Client Feedback

Quite simply, we would not have been able to fulfil our dream of owning a house in Provence without Sophia at our side. From the moment we met, Sophia quickly tuned into our wavelength helping us focus our search and uncover the perfect property. Her strong agent relationships and negotiating skills ensured the deal was sealed quickly at a great price. She steered all parties through to completion on what turned out to be a complicated transaction. Sophia was so proactive at every step and nothing was too much trouble along the way as she explained, and navigated us through, the nuanced world of buying a house in France. Thank you Sophia – we couldn’t have done it without you!

Liz and Duncan Brown, London, UK

From our first enquiry with Sophia we knew we had found the right person to help us with our property search in Provence. Her attention to detail and diligence in firstly gaining in-depth understanding of our needs and secondly ensuring the properties she presented to us were in line with our objectives impressed us. Her property reports were always first rate. This meant that our viewing trip was well structured, informative and efficient – at no stage did we feel that we were spending unproductive time.
Sophia’s knowledge of the region and her relationship with vendor agents meant we were always well informed of new listings and were not taken advantage of on price or any quirks the property may have had – so often a trap for unsuspecting foreign buyers. Importantly, Sophia’s legal background and understanding of French property law gave us further confidence in structuring the transaction most efficiently. We could not more highly recommend Sophia’s service and expertise in searching and securing a property in Provence that meets your needs.

Andrew and Rebecca Moir, Melbourne, Australia

Dear Sophia, we cannot thank you enough for all your help and advice with the house. Our guardian angels were working overtime when they led us to you! You have gone far beyond the bounds of normal client service and we are so grateful to you. We happily recommend your property finding services to anyone looking to buy in Provence.

Nick and Jacqui O'Sullivan, Hereford, UK

Searching for a house in Aix-en-Provence while living in Abu Dhabi was a daunting task. Not speaking French fluently and not having the time to search the Internet for hours and hours compounded the difficulties. Sophia was wonderful! She found us the perfect house without us having to come to visit – and in a matter of weeks. She took care of everything. I highly recommend her property finding services to anyone considering a move to this part of France

Valerie Stott, Aix-en-Provence, France

Sophia, thank you so very much. We would recommend Provence Search to anyone who is thinking about buying a home in Provence! They can contact us for more information if they’d like. Sophia understood exactly what we were looking for and steered us to a town we didn’t know yet. The whole process was a pleasure. Excellent property reports and photos, a smashing short list and a productive and fun viewing visits with Sophia by our side, providing answers to all our questions. Her interior design background helped us see through dark furniture and cluttered rooms and her experience meant we stayed on brief. We decided on the house on the last day of the trip and Sophia took on the negotiations. A price was agreed on Monday June 18th. Within budget! Then the fun began. The conveyancing. Sophia gave us assistance throughout this process and communicated with the French seller and her French estate agent. Her help has been invaluable throughout and also in setting up the utilities, assisting with home insurance, the gardener, finding property managers, an architect, and general help with other after-sale matters.

Anne and Nigel Perkins, London, UK