Follow Your New Path to France
Last night (Paris time), our monthly coffee gathering that we call “Après-Midi” met on Zoom in place of our usual live session here in Paris at the Café de la Mairie…believe it or not, since 2003. This is what Covid-19 confinement has done to us since the cafés are shut tight, congregating is forbidden and traveling is severely limited. BUT, Zoom has enabled us to expand our horizons and instead of the 30 to 70 live bodies in the room, our registrations for the event were at almost 200! In order to include as many people as possible for the event, we changed the timing from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. to 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Paris time/9 a.m. Pacific time so that our west coast attendees wouldn’t have to wake up before dawn. As a result, we had people from all over the U.S., Canada and several parts of Europe.
The speaker, Eileen Callahan, founder of “Follow a New Path,” is a motivational speaker and champagne lover (as she describes herself). She had powerful messages to present that would help someone change their life for the better…perhaps make the move to France or purchase a property in Paris as she had a few years ago.
When Eileen was working full-time in a high-level job for a major player in the spirits industry, she decided to make her dream come true by purchasing a “pied-à-terre” in Paris. That’s when she came to us to help her achieve her goal. We set to work and found her a “deux pièces” (two-room) apartment with large windows and high ceilings on a small “Place” overlooking the Centre Pompidou…dead center Paris. It was a wreck and needed complete renovation, but with the creative talent of our illustrious interior designer, Martine di Mattéo, it was transformed into a virtual jewel. The apartment became her slice of heaven home-away-from-home until her professional situation changed, and then it became home…full time.
The dark cloud that hung over Eileen’s head lifted the moment she began to rediscover herself, leading her to this new life path as a motivational speaker who could help change others’ lives for the better, too. Her experience in Paris, trading her large luxurious home in the U.S. for her compact pied-à-terre in Paris, was all part of that plan, something she hadn’t imagined years earlier was even possible. At Après-Midi yesterday, she shared her insights into that journey to make a radical life change enabling her to pursue her dreams and ambitions. Now she’s sharing them with individuals who want to improve their lives, but seem stuck and unable to budge for whatever reason—fear being one of the most debilitating.
Eileen and I are kindred spirits. We both see our “raison d’être” as changing people’s lives for the better. I don’t think of what we do as “real estate” or “property”—not really. Sure, we’re licensed real estate agents, because one must be licensed in France to perform the tasks we do, but what we do is so much more than that. If you want to purchase a property in France, you can go to any agent and they will show you the properties they have listed. There’s no Multiple Listing Service in France, so the agents won’t show you more than what they have to offer and most often, won’t be willing to share their commissions with another agent, either. More importantly than that, they don’t care what you buy as long as you buy something from which they can profit. That means they’ll say just about anything to make a sale. And in all honesty, they don’t want to hand-hold a foreign buyer who isn’t familiar with the language, the system or the laws.
We are not that at all. As I said earlier, we are much more. First off, we start with our clients often long before real estate is on their minds. They have an idea to change their lives by spending more time, or even making it full time in France. That’s already a big leap. Changing countries, cultures and currencies can be a daunting and frightening experience. Most people can’t even think it to be possible and don’t even entertain the idea. But, it is absolutely possible…with our help.
Just like Eileen had been guiding, mentoring, and coaching employees throughout her twenty-five years in management and later morphed that to working with individuals as a life coach, we act in a similar way, but in the direction of France and all that which it entails…mentally and emotionally preparing oneself, acquiring the proper residency status, finding a roof over one’s head and crossing the cultural divide. Over the years, I’ve helped literally thousands of individuals take that leap, with a whole lot less fear, with a whole lot more knowledge and with the resources it takes to be successful.
With the purchase or rental of property in France, to put that roof over your head, our main interest is not that of the average French real estate agent. We are not “agents.” We are “consultants.” We care about you and only you. We will never let you make a bad investment or rent something that doesn’t suit you. For me personally, it’s all about being the conduit for changing your life for the better, not just spending your hard-earned money.
I know that a lot of you are unhappy with the polarization in the U.S.—just as unhappy as I am. Fortunately I moved to France 26 years ago and never looked back. What I see when I look back I don’t like. Just when we think that America has overcome the injustices of racism and misogyny, greed and poverty, it’s back in full force staring us in our faces and threatening our existence. That’s a world I don’t want to live in and I feel pain for my friends and family who continue to endure it. Now, even more than ever before, we are needed to help others find and follow the path to a new, richer and more fulfilled life. If France is your goal, then we can make that happen, just like we did for Eileen.
It all starts with a consultation. It’s a one-on-one with me to discover together how and where you see yourself in the future, how you can financially make that happen and what steps it takes to get you there. The strategy and the plan is what we will create together and then put into action. Then, before you know it, you’ll be pinching yourself to make sure that dream-turned-reality is real.
A la prochaine…
Adrian Leeds Group®
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P.S. For those of you who missed Après-Midi, you can learn a lot from Eileen by watching the event and her presentation on video below:
Après Midi January 12, 2021 with Eileen Callahan from Adrian Leeds on Vimeo.