Fabienne François, Sales and Office Administrator: “ Simply The Best ”

FABIENNE FRANCOIS

Sales and Office Administrator

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Fabienne François, Sales and Office Administrator: “Simply The Best”

Tina Turner’s lyrics definitely rhythm their way to best describe Fabienne. If for her Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty is “simply the best”, for us, she is “simply the best”. 

A professional singer in her free time, Fabienne is a sharp and efficient sales and office administrator, handling the whole administrative process of property acquisition for our clients, as well as the resident permits process for foreigners in record timing.

By doing so, she is the main point of contact for the agency between clients, government authorities, and notaries.

Her Real Estate Career

A degree holder in Business Communication, Fabienne roughly has 13 years of experience in the administrative field.

She started her career in real estate as a sales and office coordinator on the West Coast of the island, where she learned and refined her relational, organizational, and administrative skills; essentials to master, to secure and conclude deals.

Climbing up the ladders, she later joined an international real estate brand on the island, handling the sales procedures from that very instant a client signed their reservation agreement, all the way until the title deed gets signed.

Her Sotheby’s International Realty Story

Fabienne joined the global Sotheby’s International Realty family in 2020, a new beginning in her career.

“I wanted to up my game, get more responsibilities, and explore a larger business structure. I’m in a team where I’m trusted to carry out my administrative responsibilities as per my methodology. I joined Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty at that sensitive time when the brand was undergoing a new ownership transition. Together we refashioned the brand, implemented new processes, and applied new technologies to deliver a more efficient service. I learned a lot, and these were exciting times for all of us. In this new team, I was home since day one.”

Her day-to-day Workflow

Exciting indeed but working with high-end property investors can also be stressful.

“I need to stay focused every second and available all the time. This sector and my job require my full attention and discipline. I need to stay alert to every government or legal policy change about property investment on the island, as well as maintain a good relationship with all stakeholders. Our clients place their utmost trust in us to handle all their administrative processes and best advise them. It’s my responsibility to ensure that they have a stress-free and layback experience all along their buying journey from A to Z, and within deadlines.” 

Why Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty?

For Fabienne, nothing compares to the Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty experience, whether you’re a client or a staff member.

“We are a strong and elite global brand, be it for luxury real estate or through our auction house. Sotheby’s International Realty is a leader in the high-end segment, and we inspire trust, integrity, modernity and tradition, glamor and so much more. Above all, Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty is a strong team, we do not have a weak link in our family.”

Contact Fabienne: [email protected]

Live in Mauritius: Why Should a Foreigner Choose Mauritius?

Why Should a Foreigner Invest in Mauritius?

Live In Mauritius: Why Should a Foreigner Choose Mauritius?

Why Invest in Mauritius?

Timo Geldenhuys: Mauritius is a very unique island. Actually, it’s part of Africa, but in a way it’s not, as it’s far from mainland Africa.

The uniqueness of Mauritius is that it’s an independent island with very few natural resources, yet it is the success story of Africa over the last 50 years. These are the first reasons why a foreigner should choose Mauritius

Why Choose Mauritius: Discover Our Mauritian Story

Mauritius gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1968 and since then, the island has managed to reinvent itself numerous times. Originally, the whole economy was built on agriculture and monocrop, mostly sugarcane.

Over the years, various pillars developed and the first one was tourism. Well, everyone knows Mauritius as a beautiful blue sea and coral reef island, and a great place to come and have family holidays, and honeymoons.

Again, the population of Mauritius is well-educated, and the island has systematically grown in various spheres.

Why Choose Mauritius: A Safe International Platform for Investment

They are leaders in the ICT sector and in the offshore banking sector, definitely a great place to do business. Mauritius ranked highly on numerous listings across Africa and is also globally a safe place to invest.

Mauritius has had independent democratic elections every 5 years since 1968. There’s never been any major political upheaval, the population is a law-abiding population and, as a result, it’s a great place to invest with low tax rates and no dividends tax, no inheritance tax. The maximum tax rate here is 15%, so big companies that do business in Africa have chosen Mauritius as a platform to invest.

The island has proven itself as the leading country in Africa in terms of offshore development.

So, generally, is Mauritius a Good Place to Invest?

It’s a yes, and Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty is well-placed to assist you in this regard, we look forward to seeing you guys and chatting with you soon.

Contact us: [email protected]

Front de Mer Apartment

Discover this 4-bedroom apartment for MUR 24 000 000
Foreign ownership, access to Mauritian residence permit and a favorable fiscal climate

Sky Bound - Penthouse

This 3-bedroom penthouse is a must-see for USD 1 867 471
Foreign ownership, access to Mauritian residence permit and a favourable fiscal climate

Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty and I61 Foundation, together to fight poverty

CSR Initiative

Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty and I61 Foundation, together to fight poverty

In an endeavor to uplift those oppressed by poverty, social injustice, and lack of education, Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty joins forces with the charitable foundation, I61 Foundation.

The objective of the foundation is to identify Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) projects and match them with funders who have the same passion and focus. All NPOs and funders are screened by I61 Foundation and registered with them as future stakeholders. Thereafter, the I61 Foundation monitors and facilitates the funding for the duration of these projects with one result in mind: transparent partnerships with effective and sustainable outcomes.

Through our CSR Initiative, Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty provides administrative support as well as office space to the I61 Foundation team.

Want to know more and be part of these social actions ? Connect to the I61 Foundation: https://bit.ly/3sPZTe5

Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty partners with Carrick International Property

Investment in Real Estate

Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty partners with Carrick International Property

The voice of luxury on the island, Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty (MSIR) and Carrick International Property (CIP) embark on a new partnership, where CIP’s clients will benefit from exclusive access to the top-notch real estate products in Mauritius, whether they are seeking residency, a home, or just an investment in real estate.

Carrick International Property offers independent professional services to assist clients who wish to diversify their investment portfolios into property. On the other hand, with an established presence on the island, as well as in-house experts to assist clients with a range of diverse property needs, Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty shares CIP’s commitment to delivering a client-centric service.

Greg Stockton, Managing Director of Carrick International Property

Greg Stockton :

As more and more South Africans and Africans look for that ‘plan B’ location, Mauritius is always on their radar. Having Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty on board means that our clients can get direct access to a large selection of properties on the island, ready-built or off-plan, whilst being guided and advised by a highly qualified team with a long track record of delivering fantastic service and great property regardless of requirement, reason, and budget. 

The move also ties into Carrick’s Africa expansion strategy. The team couldn’t be more excited to be working with Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty as part of our longer-term growth strategy across Africa. We trust that they will ensure our commitment to always deliver a euphoric client experience is always kept. We will always be at the forefront of any transaction as we take clients through our consultancy process before we connect them to the team in Mauritius. This way of delivery means that The Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty team is fully informed of all the requirements and goals prior to speaking to the client.

Timo Geldenhuys, Partner at Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty

Timo Geldenhuys :

As two well-established and respected companies, we are excited about the synergy this partnership offers to both parties. Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty has a long record of superior client relationships and service, and we look forward to extending this to all of the Carrick International Property clients who will look at investing in Mauritius.

One of the many reasons that we were attracted to this partnership is the fundamental values Carrick adopts when dealing with clients. There are no shortcuts to success, you deal with experts and with an organization that has an unparalleled code of conduct. These are values that we do not only buy into but more importantly, that we adopt in our own business.

Want to know more: Contact us – [email protected] 

It’s time to Live in Mauritius 

Economic Freedom: Mauritius In The Global Top 10

Acquire Property In Mauritius

Economic Freedom: Mauritius In The Global Top 10

Ranking 9th globally, Mauritius joins the league of the top 10 countries which are most favorable to economic freedom according to the annual Economic Freedom Report published by the Fraser Institute. Noteworthy to those who want to acquire property in Mauritius, the report shows that Mauritius has sustained its first position as the most economically free country in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Moreover, Mauritius has a GDP per capita of USD 9 459 in 2022 and the forecast for 2023 is a GDP per capita of USD 9 954.

The Index of Economic Freedom studies 165 economies throughout the world in five key areas namely the size of government, legal system and property rights, sound money, freedom to trade internationally, regulation of credit, labour, and business.

The top 10 countries in the index for 2022 are Hong Kong, Singapore, Switzerland, New Zealand, Denmark, Australia, the United States, Estonia, Mauritius, and Ireland. 

International Property Rights Index 2022

Mauritius is in the spotlight again and ranks 1st in Africa and 41st worldwide in the International Property Rights Index 2022 (IPR Index 2022) published by the Property Rights Alliance in May 2022. So, if you want to invest in Mauritius, there are different options.

Acquire Property in Mauritius

A foreigner can obtain residency in Mauritius for a minimum investment of USD 375 000 in real estate on the island, in the different property schemes available. Acquisition of a property can also be made in partnership, where each investor needs to provide USD 375 000 to obtain residency.

Furthermore, for a minimum investment of USD 350 000 and a 10% contribution to the solidarity levy, a holder of any type of residence permit now qualifies for property acquisition outside of the approved schemes.

Want to know more: Contact us – [email protected] 

It’s time to Live in Mauritius 

Your Weekly Rendez-vous: Welcome to 2-Minute Tuesdays!

Your Weekly Rendez-vous: Welcome to 2-Minute Tuesdays!

2-Minute Tuesdays is a new, informative series hosted by Timo Geldenhuys, Partner of Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty. Timo has lived in Mauritius for the last 17 years with his family and in this series, he will answer your questions, be it property acquisition, legal terminology, lifestyle options, and many other interesting topics.

So, dive into this unique experience;  it’s time for Mauritius to come alive.

Episode 1 : Want to know where Mauritius is situated or how big is it?

Episode 2 : How can a foreigner acquire property?

Episode 3 : How can a foreigner obtain residency in Mauritius?

Want to know more: Contact us – [email protected] 

It’s time to Live in Mauritius 

Property Investment: Acquisition Options for Foreigners Broadened and Made Easier

Property Investment : Acquisition Options for Foreigners Broadened and Made Easier

Another milestone achieved in property investment in Mauritius!

For a minimum investment of USD350 000 and a 10% contribution to the solidarity levy, a holder of any type of residence permit including Permanent Residence Permits, Investor Permits, Occupational Permits, Retiree Permits but excluding  the Premium Visa, now qualifies for property acquisition outside of the approved schemes, i.e, the  Integrated Resort Scheme (IRS), Real Estate Scheme (RES) and Property Development Scheme (PDS).  

This new measure broadens the possibilities of property acquisitions, as foreign residents now have access to many more properties on the island, including:

  •  Already built homes situated on freehold land not exceeding 5276 square metres

  •  Plots of freehold land not exceeding 5276 square metres

The new legislation does not allow foreigners to buy leasehold land, which generally means any beachfront property is excluded and not available.

Discover: Kalyaana Villa

What if You Lose Your Residence Permit?

If you relinquish or lose your residence permit, the good news is that you can still keep ownership of your property as an investment, to rent it out, or to keep it as a secondary residence in Mauritius. You will however only be able to spend 6 months of the year in Mauritius, as per current law.

Investors Can Acquire Property and Obtain Residency in Partnership

It is now also possible for non-citizens to acquire property in partnership, under the fractional ownership policy. Under this regime, each partner will be eligible to apply for the status of residency, provided that each foreigner invests more than USD 375 000 in the property.

Want to know more: Contact us – [email protected] 

It’s time to Live in Mauritius 

Luxury Lifestyle Award : Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty Awarded Best Brokerage on the Island

Luxury Lifestyle Award : Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty Awarded Best Brokerage on the Island

As affluent individuals look to purchase homes in a niche market with limited inventory, the Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty team is a true global real estate advisor. Our agency outperformed the industry’s average this year, being awarded best brokerage on the island by Luxury Lifestyle Award.

Indeed, since the beginning of the year, Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty, led by Timo Geldenhuys and Chris Lazare is showing an encouraging performance with positive growth in terms of sales, quality leads generation and new market targeting. 

Moreover, being part of the Sotheby’s International Realty global network, Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty has access to an international network comprising a high-calibre client database, new technologies and marketing techniques, as well as the expertise and support of the Sotheby’s International Realty affiliates around the globe. 

It is also noteworthy that the global network achieved a record US$204 billion in 2021 global sales volume, a 36% increase in sales growth year over year. 

Nothing compares to the Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty service. 

For more information, please contact us @ [email protected]

A Recession-proof Investment: Acquire Property on Paradise Island

A Recession-proof Investment: Acquire Property on Paradise Island

While countries worldwide are facing an economic crisis in the aftermath of Covid-19 and amid the Russia-Ukraine war, real estate investors remain confident. The property sector is proving to be and Mauritius expects to attract Rs 12 billion of foreign direct investments (FDI) in property for 2022, compared to Rs 9,2 billion in 2020.

In the midst of rising inflation, interest rates are increasing around the globe adding pressure on mortgage interest rates, which can deter investment in property. On the other hand, stocks and bonds as alternative investment options are more and more volatile and risky, making real estate a safer investment in the long term.

Fractional Ownership Now Possible

In Mauritius, to make the buying process easier and more affordable for foreign investors, it is now possible for non-citizens to acquire property in partnership, under the fractional/shared ownership policy. Under this regime, each partner will be eligible to apply for the status of residency, provided that each partner invests more than USD 375 000 in the property.

How are our main markets reacting to the worldwide economic crisis? “ Our key markets are still buoyant including Europe. Furthermore , investors in some specific countries that were not prevalent before, such as Switzerland or Germany, are now interested in knowing more about the buying process in Mauritius ” says Timo Geldenhuys, Partner, Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty.

To capture these emerging markets, the Mauritius’ local offices are engaging in informative campaigns and showcasing the finest properties on the island in partnership with the Sotheby’s International Realty global network. “ We are receiving positive feedback in terms of lead generation, and we forecast positive growth for the 2022-2023 financial year. Amid all the global economic turmoil and volatility, the property sector is holding firm and remains a safe investment in the medium to long term” adds Timo.

If you want to know more about the buying process and property investment opportunities on the island including the new possibilities around fractional/shared ownership, please contact us @ [email protected].