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Why we have decided to launch our new service: home search

Updated: Jan 22, 2021

Sojoourn was born from a need

A need to connect and be part of an international community. Our founder Emmanuelle, has launched the famous ApéroExpats events to build a community of expats, because she missed being in an international environment after coming home from abroad. And slowly but surely she has built an international family of expats in Lyon. It’s been nearly three years and we haven’t stopped.

Sojoourn was growing by listening to the needs of its members.

We are growing with you.

This is exactly why we are here now. You came to us because you needed help. Help to understand the housing market in France, in Lyon. Help to find a place that you can call home.

Are you somebody, who:

  • doesn’t speak French well enough (Have you seen our French courses?),

  • doesn’t know how and where to start looking for a place,

  • tried to find a place for a while without success,

  • doesn’t have a French guarantor,

  • doesn’t have a French CDI work contract,

  • wants to save time and energy,

then we are here for you!

We can truly understand your situation and we are more than motivated to make a positive impact on your life by finding the perfect home for you.

We are not a relocation agency, we are a personalised service provider

for expats with a lively international community. We put the human part

in the center of everything we do.

Let's see how that works...

We had two successful missions in December. It gave us so much joy to see the faces of the expats when they finally walked into their new homes. This is why we love working and building Sojoourn.

Asmita was one of our first clients, she came to us after looking for an apartment in vain for 3 months. She struggled to understand the agencies and landlords due to the lack of her French knowledge. On top of that she was living in Germany and couldn’t just take the train to Lyon each time she got the chance to visit a new place. She felt desperate and unlucky until she found us.

We had a Zoom call with her in October to better understand her needs then we created a WhatsApp conversation to be able to keep in touch on a daily basis. We put together her application file and added a personal letter to it. We offered her many choices and even visited some apartments virtually with her on the phone. As a perfect Christmas present we could give her a fully furnished apartment in the center of Lyon. By the time she has arrived, we took care of her internet connection, opened her an electricity, and a water contract; and helped her with a new SIM-card. We were there to make sure everything was in good condition during the inventory check and carefully read the lease contract with her.

As an added surprise we welcomed her in the apartment with a care package to make this moment even more personal.

"A definite recommendation to all expats moving to Lyon! I tried my luck by asking Sojoourn for help with rental apartment search. Best. Decision. Ever. All I had to do was submit my documents and walk into a fully functional apartment. After having lived the nightmare of trying to find apartments by myself, with zero French language skills, this was a Christmas miracle (and worth every penny)! Apart from being excellent professionals, they are also very friendly, kind, and responsive. The communication and service was super smooth. Thank you for such a warm welcome in Lyon :) I look forward to staying in touch and exploring the city!" - Asmita

Why should you choose Sojoourn too?

1. We have a good knowledge of the real estate market in Lyon (and we speak French!)

2. We have access to many exclusive offers not published by the agencies

3. We save you time, energy and eventually money

4. We only organise visits that you will like

5. It is not a problem if you are not in Lyon

6. We keep in touch with you during your first year after signing the lease

7. Money-back guarantee: you can change your mind and we refund you

BONUS: As part of our surprise Welcome Pack, we include 1 month of Sojoourn Club membership for free to help you better integrate and make some new friends.

Do you have some questions about our Home Search services? Check out our website with more details or contact us directly.


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