“We recommend using a currency specialist”
OGC reader Mags Barrett-Jolly saved money by using a currency exchange specialist when she bought her French renovation project. With the £/€ exchange rate the best it has been for 19 months, we asked her to tell us more…
How did you come across Smart?
I downloaded a guide from the Overseas Guides Company on buying property in France and found all of the information that they provided very useful. They recommended Smart and that’s why I decided to go with them.
Why did you choose to use Smart for transferring your money?
The Overseas Guides Company have always looked after us, answered our questions and helped us out with any problems we have had so we were more than happy to take their recommendation. After I discovered the Overseas Guides Company, I never had any reason to look anywhere else. They provided us with all of the information that we needed.
How did Smart help you?
Smart helped us to transfer between £150,000 and £200,000 to France in order for us to buy our second home there. Each time we called, the trader who helped us was incredibly efficient.
Did anything about Smart’s service really stand out?
We can’t fault Smart in any way – they delivered exactly what they promised, transfers were fast, they secured us fantastic rates and were friendly and helpful throughout. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to friends and family. I can’t fault them at all, they have been nothing but helpful.
Tell us a little bit about your property in France…
We bought a house in the Charente and have spent the last three years renovating it – we’re nearly there! We had a hankering for years to buy in France but we never thought that we would actually do it. One Thursday we decided to take a look on the internet and by Monday we had flown over to see the property and bought it! The house was pretty much falling down but it was idyllic, the garden runs right down to the banks of the Charente River and there was an old tumbling down barn. Everyone thought we were mad but they are all changing their minds now. At the moment I go over every six weeks or so for two weeks at a time, it’s wonderful.
If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice about buying in France what would that be?
I would warn that renovations take time and there really is nothing that you can do to speed things up so it’s best to just go with the flow. I would also advise them to choose Smart to transfer their sterling to euros – they saved us a lot of money and took any worry off our shoulders so that we could concentrate on important things like making sure the roof stayed up!
If you need further information about the benefits of using a currency transfer specialist to send money abroad from the UK or vice versa, contact Smart Currency Exchange on 0808 163 0102 or download their free guide by clicking here
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