What do our customers say about ParisScarabee Househunters? After all, they are our best ambassadors. Read more extensive reviews below.
The proof of the pudding...
Who: Bart en Margot de Bresser
What: Purchase of a 2P apartment in the 15th arrondissement
When: July 2022
“Total turn key, from A to Z”
Looking for good guidance in the search and purchase of an apartment in Paris, we came across ParisScarabee. The first meeting with Annemiek & Frank took place at the end of January, followed by a personal meeting at our home in February to discuss our wishes in detail. We immediately noticed the enormous expertise in all matters involved. Not only extensive knowledge of the Parisian market, but also expertise with regard to the purchase process and the legal aspects, and also clearly very experienced with the French working methods of brokers and notaries. After this, a group app was started and the collaboration really got off to a flying start. In a dynamic communication, many possible “biens” were exchanged and provided with expert commentary. This pre-selection resulted in a list of 12 objects that were all visited on an impressively intensive viewing day on March 11th. The second apartment eventually became the apartment of our choice and an offer was made in the evening. The final transfer did not take place until the end of July because things were still not in order in the cadastral register. All this was noticed by A&F and then resolved with impressive persistence taking along the selling broker, VvE and notary. We could never have done this ourselves.
The Paris housing market is a world in itself and expert guidance is, in our opinion, a requirement to be successful. We have experienced the guidance of A&F as fantastic and it can best be described as total turn key, taking all burdens off of our shoulders. This allowed us to fully focus on the appearance and atmosphere of the visited apartments, including the environment. And that is very valuable because there is limited time available for viewings anyway. All important matters are clearly discussed in advance and then carried out quickly and efficiently. Despite the necessary speed, A&F ensure that we have been in control of all decision moments ourselves. In this way, the purchase of an apartment in Paris simply becomes a party. A party with an afterparty because their involvement, commitment and enthusiasm does not stop at the signing of the deed at the notary. In our situation they are still active in contacts with the installer for the air conditioning and a few other matters. What a toppers, thank you!
Who: Jan van de Putte
What: Sale of a 4P apartment in the 12th arrondissement
When: July 2022
“Success thanks to perseverance and talent for improvisation”
Well… where would I have been without this adorable couple… I think this was unexpectedly the most complex project for ParisScarabee so far…it started with a possible renovation of my Paris apartment. The first meeting with Annemiek in the sun on a terrace next to my house… a vital, well-listening and quickly understanding lady… an immediate good feeling… after a lot of research, a few months later, it turned out to be selling a house… first meeting with Frank…. clear and straightforward, reliable and efficient… together Frank and Annemiek will arrange everything… first of all find the right real estate agent to sell my maison' atypique'… not easy to sell… request quotes… have photos taken… assess bids from buyers, recieve the interesting bidders, organize and deliver my Parisian mail, arrange all the required papers… [I am far from Paris]…..then found a good buyer…we are at the notary to sign the promesse de vente, i.e. the provisional deed of sale…going in the right direction … but then… it turns out that most of my house doesn't exist… I hadn't lived in the air for 20 years, but in a real house…?… and you can already see it on photos from 1911… but the land registry has it never seen before… Well Well… then a new completely different project started… association of owners, syndic, difficult neighbor… regularization… at this point they had to gear up and use all their talents… this was not possible on a routine basis, because it did not exist here… It became a journey of discovery for Frank and Annemiek where their perseverance, talent for improvisation, became fully visible… and always calm… friendly…. but smart and alert… when an important letter had to be written in French, it was not the French real estate agent, not the French notary, but the Dutch Annemiek who did it, and perfectly…. and when I was sometimes slow to respond due to busy work far from Paris, Annemiek always kept pressing gently without showing any displeasure or impatience… Well…in short.. after much diplomacy and negotiation finally the meeting of the owners association copropriété…. everyone stiff with nerves… this would make the sale stand or fall… it went well… thanks to you, Frank and Annemiek!!! An eternel Merci!! I love you….! From tja to cha-cha-cha!!!!
Who: The Piessens family, Belgium
What: Purchase of a 3P apartment in the 7th arrondissement
When: June 2022
“Professional, precise and fast”
In the spring of 2022, we contacted ParisScarabee to guide us in the search for an apartment in Paris. We had a good impression from the first online introductory meeting. A home visit to discuss the details soon followed. Their personal approach instilled the necessary confidence, we were not just a number for them. Then followed the first viewing day in which we visited more than 10 properties. The day was perfectly organized and Annemiek and Frank are perfectly attuned to each other as a team. The selection was a true reflection of our wishes, that they had understood very well: it was a very diverse range, with each property offering different advantages. Thanks to their good work, we found the apartment of our dreams in the 7th arrondissement already on the first day. Annemiek and Frank also remained very closely involved in the further processing of the purchase and they handled everything extremely professionally. They really take care of everything: from the usual paperwork to proactively sifting through possible snags. They work extremely precisely and quickly; nothing is too much for them and communication ran smoothly. In short, if you work with Annemiek and Frank, finding a home in Paris turns into a carefree process. On top of that, you get to know a very warm and pleasant couple: nothing but praise!
Who: Erwin and Marieke
What: Purchase of a 4P apartment in the 18th arrondissement
When: May 2022
We are writing this from our own apartment in Paris. We probably wouldn't have started this adventure without the help of ParisScarabee. The website had already proved to be a great source of practical information and tips. The process went smoothly right from the start. Annemiek and Frank turned out to be very friendly and open, and well informed about the Paris housing market and procedures. Together with them we described our preferences as best as possible and then they started searching. And despite the fact that we also kept an eye on many housing sites, they came up with many surprises on the first viewing day. A day en route with Annemiek and Frank is a pleasure, and we would have loved to do a few more, but we hit our goal that first day. We found an apartment on our favorite street. The guidance and support during the search and the purchasing process were indispensable for us and we are very grateful to them for their help. There is still some work to be done on the apartment and we hope to be able to continue the collaboration for a while
Who: The H. Family
What: Purchase of a 3P apartment in the 9th arrondissement
When: April 2022
“Our wishes quickly and correctly understood”
We would like to make some comments relative to our collaboration with ParisScarabee Househunters. After deciding to buy an apartment in Paris, the next question is: 'how do you go about this…'. When we googled and found Frank and Annemiek, the search really took off. They correctly and quickly understood our wishes. Thanks to their local knowledge and their perseverance, a list of addresses came up in a short time. In no time we found our apartment in the 9th arrondissement. The after service, in particular dealing with the French suppliers of WiFi, gas, water, electricity, insurance, and the settlement with the notary, went smoothly. Praise for Annemiek and Frank.
Who: The O. Family
What: Purchase of a 3P apartment in the 9th arrondissement
When: January 2022
“Notre rêve Parisien”
We bought a beautiful flat with the help of Frank and Annemiek, which we hope to enjoy with our family for a long time to come. It is and was a smooth and seamless process. From the first inventory of the wishes and requirements for the flat, all through the renovation, to arranging the local internet hookup, they are there for you.
What makes the process efficient is that choices are made in advance. What wishes are there and in which district would you like a flat. Then comes a more than efficient day of viewings, in which Frank and Annemiek have a clear division of roles. This viewing day was intensive, but also productive (because it led to an acquisition) and above all very enjoyable. Annemiek and Frank match their knowledge of the Parisian housing market with our wishes as buyers, and they really try to connect these points. It is about buying the apartment as such, but also about the neighborhood, the residents in the building and even whether there is a good boulangerie nearby. Working together with us, they have more than erned the trust that we were initially somewhat hesitant to give. It is not just about buying a flat, but about buying the flat you really want and which is in line with what you initially said you wanted. Their determination, conscientiousness and boldness, with an extraordinary knowledge of the Parisian housing market and French bureaucracy, in addition to being a very friendly couple, make this whole story a good start of our rêve parisien.
Who: Bas and Saskia
What: Purchase of a 2P apartment near Le Bon Marché
When: October 2021
“ParisScarabee brings up all those points that we would have forgotten”
Engaging Frank and Annemiek was the best decision we made, apart from buying an apartment in Paris of course. In the Netherlands, we would not be quick to hire a buyer's agent; we'll arrange that ourselves. But a Paris purchase in French is a little trickier; a huge range of homes that are often sold immediately and at dizzying prices. Frank and Annemiek know the Parisian market and know exactly what it takes for a successful purchase. The viewings are an experience in itself; a particularly tight schedule, unwavering friendliness towards real estate agents, continuous questions and comments about all details and with an enthusiasm as if they buy the apartment themselves. Frank and Annemiek complement each other; one thinks of formal steps, costs or legal details, the other of location, a good cheese shop and what you would like to do in your apartment in 5 years time. Throughout the process, they keep asking, looking and directing to make sure you really find your dream apartment.
Without ParisScarabee, we wouldn't have known if we were buying a leftover apartment that nobody else wanted, or if there would be any surprises later on. You never know, but Frank and Annemiek are ready to help. The formal process after the successful bid went very quickly; the owner of the apartment, the real estate agent and the notary all like to work with Frank and Annemiek because they are knowledgeable, friendly and fast. Communication is very good and Frank and Annemiek think of all the things that you don't think about yourself. The renovation of our flat will now start, also under the supervision of Frank and Annemiek.
Who: Heleen and Winfred
What: Purchase of a 4P apartment, 6e arrondissement, near Odéon
When: September 2021
The apartment we found in the sixth arrondissement, near the Seine, thanks to Annemiek and Frank, exceeds our expectations. We hope to enjoy this place with our three sons and our friends for a long time. The expert support of F&A was also beyond expectations. Not only their knowledge of Paris and their savoir-faire in this challenging market is impressive, also their very personal attention and network was of great importance and a big surprise. The careful work of A&F is not completed after the transaction documents are signed at their efficient notary. They continue to pay attention to every essential step to take in the new environment: insurance, water, energy, WIFI, painting and the owner’s association. A&F took care of all of this with their characterizing promptness, resulting in a seamless process. Their pace is even difficult to follow and it emerged all this work is also part of their package.
The intensive and frequent contacts we had since November 2020 were above all so enjoyable that we will truly miss them, now everything is settled. It is a privilege and a great pleasure to cooperate with Annemiek and Frank.
Who: Jeff Tarakajian (USA)
What: total renovation of 3-pièces in the 6th arrondissment near the Pont Neuf
When: july 2021
“Brilliantly done renovation - (under the most difficult circumstances)”
I engaged ParisScarabee to direct and oversee an almost complete renovation on my Paris apartment. I live in the U. S., so having someone responsible “on-site” when needed would be critical. When I left the apartment in Anne and Frank’s hands on March 15, 2020, I had no idea that a global pandemic would drive the project through many unforeseen twists and turns. But 15 months later, despite lockdowns, travel restrictions, materials that suddenly became unavailable, suppliers who weren’t working, etc., the result was absolutely superb. We couldn’t be happier. Frank and Anne were always there to trouble-shoot, provide timely good news and bad, as well as well-thought-through suggestions for how to go forward. Their service is a bit pricey, but as they say, “worth it” particularly when facing the unpredictable from thousands of miles away. Merci millefois!
Who: Sylvia en Michiel (The Netherlands)
What: purchase studio, 6e arrondissement, Jardin de Luxembourg
When: august 2018
“In control from beginning to end”
Six months after the idea came up to acquire an apartment in Paris, we actually owned it. And during those six months the support of Annemiek and Frank was absolutely great. They transferred our potentially challenging ambition in a relatively unknown area into a structured, realistic and affordable project that worked out along the lines that they and we had foreseen. During the first of the three scheduled days to visit the venues we already found our studio. In fact, it was the first of the 10 the apartments A&F had chosen for our visit that day.
Finding the right place was the first step and subsequently A&F took us by the hand to help us through the French love of paperwork, their specificities in the language, the long waiting for seemingly simple things, the negotiations and eventually the transfer of the apartment. They helped us to put things in the right perspective, took care of our concerns and were in control and secured the whole process from beginning until end, even smoothlessly dealing with the inevitable last-minute ‘issues’. Thanks for the great support.
Who: Hester and Aart (The Netherlands)
What: purchase 2-room apartment 6e arrondissement, Saint-Germain-des-Prés
When: april 2018
"We enjoy our great spot in Paris very much!"
We have commissioned Frank and Annemiek to find a pied-à-terre for us in Paris. That has been a great success. 'We are very happy with the apartment and received a lot of support, at the time of the search and legal transfer, as well with a renovation. They clearly operate on a strong base of experience and carry out their mission vigorously and with perseverance.
The search was very intensive and planned as a military operation: never before in our lives we saw so much of Paris in so little time. As Annemiek and Frank immediately understood what we were looking for and know the local market, we finally bought our apartment "at distance".
We benefitted a lot from their cooperation with a very good renovation company. The final result is there and we got a wonderful apartment. In conclusion: we are very happy and we enjoy our spot in Paris very much!
Who: Germaine and Gijs (The Netherlands)
What: renovation 3-room apartment, 16e arrondissement, near Avenue Foch
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 (The Netherlands)
What: sale studio, 18e arrondissement, 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 (The Netherlands)
What: purchase 3-room apartment Rue Oberkampf, 11e arrondissement, near Place de la Bastille and Le Marais
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 apartment this easily.
The way they organize their search is very efficient, 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 apartment.
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 and Jean-Pierre (The Netherlands)
What: purchase 2-room apartment Rue Manin, 19e arrondissement, near Parc Buttes Chaumont
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 had 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 humor. 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: purchase 3-room appartement Rue Caulaincourt, 18e arrondissement, near Sacre Coeur
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 connoisseur of Paris, never had been before. I am now tremendously happy in my apartment and in my neighborhood.
Who: Petter Aasheim/Leona Leslie (Norway)What: purchase of a studio with terrace, 4th arrondissement, near Place des Vosges, Le Marais
When: June 2015
"Dreams of Paris"
It started on a rooftop. Reading Hemingway 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! Franck 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: The De Kat family (The Netherlands)
What: purchase 3-room apartment, 16e arrondissement, near Place Victor Hugo and Trocadéro
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: Turner Family (England)
What: purchase of a one-bedroom apartment, 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: W. Stoker (The Netherlands)
What: purchase 3-room apprtment, 18e arrondissement, near Sacre Coeur
When: juni 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: M. van Engelshoven (The Netherlands)
What: purchase studio, 18e arrondissement, near Gare du Nord
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: J.A. van Dijk (The Netherlands
What: purchase 2-room apartment in the 7e arrondissmement, near Le Bon Marché.
When: fall 2011
"From 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: C.J. Hage (The Netherlands)
What: purchase 3-room apartment rue Brey, 17e arrondissement, near Arc de Triomphe
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 center! 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.
Please contact us for more information. We are available by phone 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. You can also send us an e-mail or WhatsApp message.
Telephone and WhatsApp:
In The Netherlands: + 31 6 11 24 35 12
In France: + 33 6 47 41 83 52