Our agency

Sophie Folley Immobilier is an independent real estate agency located in the south of the Aquitaine region.

It was created by Sophie Folley and Matthew Burnett, who between them have 35 years of experience and success in supporting the purchase and sale of properties in this region of France. Their in-depth knowledge of the local market, their expertise in the realisation of real estate purchases, are for you the guarantee of benefiting from a service that is as personalised as it is professional.

Sophie Folley studied business and French at the University of Humberside in England. Arrived in Béarn in 2005, she is married to a Frenchman and mother of a teenage girl. Thanks to her husband's activity as a carpenter, Sophie is very involved in local life and she will be able to help you in all stages of your installation, whether it involves calling on local craftsmen or to enroll your children in schools or colleges in the region.

Matthew Burnett worked for 25 years for French companies in the paper and packaging industry, before moving into the real estate sector. He has lived in Béarn since 1997, and the local culture and history hold no secrets for him... He is also a big fan of rugby!

Alongside them, Susanne Müller-Seitz, Darren Benson, Ruby Jackson and Dominique Nobili form the rest of the team.

Susanne who speaks three languages (German, English and French), brought her family to this area in 2005. Now with 10 years of experience in real estate, she will help you find your dream home. Susanne is passionate about this region between the sea and the mountains, the local culture, the way of life and knows the region through and through. Previously, Susanne worked in business development and marketing, specializing in start-ups.

Ruby grew up in the South West of France before she decided to head back to the UK to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Chinese studies at the University of Manchester. She then went on to do a master’s in business in wine at the University of Bordeaux. After working in Asia and South America, she returned to the South West of France to embark on a career in property and to renovate a property herself. She speaks 4 languages and masters the French system, so she will be able to guide you knowledgeably throughout the entire buying process.

Darren is responsible for expanding our market in the commercial real estate sector. He has an impressive career in property transactions spanning around 20 years, including senior positions in Beijing, Hong Kong and Sydney. Darren lived for many years in France, including his early years as a semi-professional cyclist, with this passion for cycling still continuing today. He was also the owner of a successful “boutique” hotel in the heart of Sauveterre-de-Béarn. During his previous stint as an estate agency in France, he was the selling agent for Hostellerie du Château in Sauveterre and was involved in a number of successful sales in the Béarn, including historic properties in Sauveterre, Tabaille Usqain and Navarrenx.

Dominique has been our commercial assistant since October 2018. Originally from Béarn, she worked in the airline industry for 13 years in Paris before returning to our beautiful region with her family. She will be able to inform you and accompany you in your administrative procedures.

If you need more information about the region or the buying process in France, please do not hesitate to contact Sophie, Matthew, Susanne, Darren, Ruby or Dominique:

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