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Old 09.07.2008, 17:28
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Renting in France, Geneva Area

Apologies if I'm covering old ground here, I've searched the forums and found lots of good info already, I'm just trying to supplement that.

Does anyone have suggestions of the best way to go about looking for rental accommodation in France, commutable distance from Geneva i.e. internet, browsing immobilier in person, relocation agencies?

Any websites similar to homegate.ch that deal with Haute Savoie that people have found useful?(other than the ones mentioned in the excellent but obviously Switzerland-centric list elsewhere on this forum? http://www.englishforum.ch/adverts-h...partments.html )

Any relocation agencies / services that people can recommend, or recommend avoiding?

Thanks in advance for your help!

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Re: Renting in France, Geneva Area

No one seems to have replied to your queries. Too bad, because I've just arrived here and am asking the same questions. I wish I could offer some help to you, but then maybe you've since found a place and can pass on some useful tips to us...??? Good luck on your search and stay here.
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Old 13.09.2008, 12:57
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Re: Renting in France, Geneva Area

You're obviously doing your homework but have you tried searching 'border' or something similar? Occasionally the 'wrong' things are on the Tags and the 'wrong' words in the posts so that they don't come up in a search.
Good luck anyway.
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Re: Renting in France, Geneva Area

Fortunately in my case it turned out the company who were relocating me were nice enough to pay for a relocation agency (Swiss-based but operating in both countries - Activerelo.ch) to do the searching and admin for me.
They have been very good and I was able to find a place within a week of being here. It took 3 weeks to sort out the paperwork and another 2 weeks to sort out the utilities once I'd signed. As the agency did most of the work for me, I can't be that helpful, but my tips would be:

- Apartments are much much easier to find than houses
- The pace of the market is very fast (50% of my scheduled viewings were cancelled the day-of due to the places no longer being available)
- If you see a place you like, make it known as soon as possible
- Have all the required documents ready to go.
- Both seloger.co.uk and immostreet.co.uk are very useful (the .co.uk bit gives you the English versions, use the .com equivalent to see the French versions).
- Visit the big estate agencies (Foncia, Century 21...) and make your situation known


Best of luck.
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Re: Renting in France, Geneva Area

Ben, how much did the agency end up costing you for their services?
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Re: Renting in France, Geneva Area

Afraid I can't say as my HR department are taking care of it... I think they offer different rates depending on the extent of the services and the time it takes for you to find something you like.
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Re: Renting in France, Geneva Area

Have a look at the World Radio Switzerland classifieds on their website: http://www.worldradio.ch/classifieds/login in the real estate/offers section

You can create an account for free. Also look at the www.glocals.com website and also create an account for free, and then have a look in the "marketplace" section.

These are the best options for expats.

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