About Us

Paul Bedford : Co-founder of Bedford-Bailey based in Cordes-sur-Ciel. Paul has been in Cordes-sur-Ciel for over 25 years, where he lived whilst working in the City. He has 4 children who have all been eductated in the region.

Laurette Bailey : Co-founder of Bedford-Bailey based in Cordes-sur-Ciel, has worked many years in the property market for French and English managed agencies. She arrived in France in 1980, has two grown-up children both educated to university level in Albi. Laurette also deals with house management including seasonal lettings.

Delphine Salingardes : Director and owner of the Head Office, Résidences 81 based in Albi. Delphine studied law before taking over her family's agency.

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The Headquarters of our business are in the city of Albi, Laurette and Paul both work and live in Cordes Sur Ciel in the Tarn. We are registered members of FNAIM and have full professional indemnity insurance to protect both buyers and sellers.

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Our role

We believe that we have a reputation for honesty and offering impartial advice. Our job is to listen to you and understand your needs, as well as to advise you and help you every step of the way in finding or selling your property.

When it comes to selling, we try to be very pro-active. Our marketing startegy is constantly under review, and vendors receive regular updates on all viewings with any and all feedback passed onto them. We use professional photography equipment as standard, and can provide floorplans and aerial photography at very reasonable rates.

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Our commitment

Our aim is to make your search for a property or your sale as smooth and pleasurable as possible. We can also advise you about banks, mortgages, currency exchange, notaires, insurance agents, schools, doctors, dentists - even where to play golf. After all, your search is not just about choosing a house or even a new home - it is about helping you to reach a purchasing decision which we trust will endure and make you very happy to have chosen the Tarn.

When it comes to selling your home, we know that can be a stressful time. Our goal is to stand beside you, keep you abreast of changing market circumstances and make the process as comfortable as we can.

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Why are we different?

For Buyers -

  • We find that the key to a relaxed yet efficient time spent for you, is in the meticulous planning by us.
  • We take time to listen, to interpret your needs and to ensure that we follow your ‘brief’ as closely as possible.
  • We have all heard stories of asking for, say, “a restored cottage with pool” and ending up being taken to a fallen down ruin! We understand that there is nothing more frustrating than wasting half a day seeing houses that an agent would have known was wrong for you had he only listened.
  • We know our properties – we specialise in rural properties from classic stone country houses to village hideaways.
  • We work hard to ensure that the homes we propose represent good properties, fairly priced and likely to appeal to our clients.
  • In preparation for your visit, we can arrange accommodation locally in hotels, chambres d'hôtes or gîtes. Please see the links page for extra information.

For Seller's -

When it comes to selling your property, vendors often need different levels of support . We recognise that for some, this may not be their main home thus managing the sales process from afar, sometimes in a language you are not comfortable in, can be a challenge.

We provide high quality marketing services, (including photography) as standard and can provide floorplans and aerial photography and videography at very competetive rates.

We are not simply here to help find a buyer, we are here to hold your hand through the process. There ARE differences between selling a home in France to that of many other countries and part of our role is to bring that knowledge to your sale . Liaising, not just with our vendors , but with their notaires, their surveyors, on occasions their utility companies, is often part and parcel of our service .

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Buyer or seller?

  • The same level of commitment is made to vendors and purchasers alike - we passionately believe in offering a top-quality service to all our clients.
  • Should you be a vendor, we will endeavour to give you honest, straightforward advice - not only about your property, but also about the marketplace in general.
  • We have an active marketing strategym including partnerships with HomeHunts, Greenacres and EnglishSpoken, Google Ads, an active Facebook presence and ensure that you are kept up-to-date with our progress.
  • In addition, after each visit we report back to you with the potential purchaser's comments.
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