Staying informed: ongoing purchases & communicating with Athena

23 March

This is a unique time for many of us and the wellness of our clients, partners, developers and staff remains our top priority. We hope this finds you and your families well and coping with this ever-changing reality.

We are receiving many questions about the implications of the Coronavirus on people’s ongoing investments in places like France and Portugal so we have put together this update to help answer some of these questions.

Though movement may be restricted, Athena will remain fully operational during these uncertain times, embracing our years of experience working remotely and across borders.

Ongoing purchases Regardless of the stage of purchase, our client relations teams across London, the French Alps, Paris, Lisbon and the rest will remain operational, progressing your purchases and helping them towards the finish line.

Our contacts in each market, from the Notaires and developers in France, to solicitors and lawyers in Portugal, also remain operational in terms of progressing with our clients’ new and existing files.

For example, in the French property market...

French banks: The feedback is that they are still working on existing applications and new applications can still be studied, so there is not much change except perhaps some delays at the risk committee level for now.

French Notaires: Our contacts in the French Alps remain operational and are fully equipped to work remotely, they are creating contracts and reviewing existing ones, as well as processing new and existing reservations, and successfully completing property purchases. If you have any questions, please contact us on [email protected] or get in touch with your contact here at Athena Advisers.

Property searches, viewings & meetings via Facetime Many of our clients, especially those in locations far from their chosen destination for property investment, have requested property viewings via Facetime, 1-2-1 meetings and tours using digital means.

Fortunately, this is something our network of Destination Advisers on the ground in our markets already do so we have processes in place. Therefore, for the markets where this remains an option (depending on countrywide policies of people movement at the time), please feel free to request this.

Expanded live webinar series We know many of you are disappointed that we’ve had to postpone our events around the world for meetings and seminars, so instead, we will be increasing the number of informative webinars over the coming weeks.

Some will be in-depth sessions and others will be shorter, bite-size sessions focusing on a specific aspect of property investment within our key markets.

Our webinar earlier today on the alpine market had 50 viewers, so we look forward to seeing many more of you online. You can explore our upcoming webinars on our Events page.

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