History and Values

First agencySince 1936, the experts of the GROUP MERCURE offer to real estate clients a complete selection of character properties throughout France.

The group was bought in 1980 by Pierre Chassaigne, as Chairman of the group he has continued to develop over the years and opportunities to make GROUPE MERCURE a unique and reputed real estate group existing today with 20 regional offices located throughout France.

The development of Mercure has always been in a "family spirit": a familiar and friendly environment guided by values of trust, respect for tradition, honesty and professionalism, in a clearly defined legal framework.

Pierre Chassaigne and Anne de la SauzayIt is also a story of passion in continuity.
In the image of transmission of property where each generation strives to perpetuate a unique heritage yet allowing growth and evolution, Pierre Chassaigne appoints in April 2010 his daughter Anne de la Sauzay, previously Director of Mercure Midi-Pyrénées, to the position of Managing Director of the Group with Pierre Chassaigne remaining President.

Because the world is changing and customers evolve, Mercure adapts to the profile of new buyers.
Mercure Group retains a high quality French clientele and to respond to a growing international demand, development has been made in the form of an agency Mercure in Marrakech and the support of many correspondents around the world:  United States, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Russia, and also in South America, China, Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia.

In France, the group is reinforced by a team of employees fluent in many languages and dedicated to foreign customers allowing a tailor made service with perfect knowledge of the legislations, to accompany and guide our international clients project of  purchase and renovation.

Today, expert and specialist, Mercure represents over the past 75 years, the most comprehensive selection of French Heritage property placed on the market: from the charming house at  €200,000 to a castle of  30 million euro's, through rural properties, to urban and contemporary prestigious  real estate, more than 3000 properties of character, authentic or luxurious for sale throughout France, including 600 castles, allowing all lovers of beautiful stonework  and restoration to perpetuate our unique architectural heritage.

The 20 Mercure offices are run by men and women of quality, with a perfect knowledge of the local real estate market, each bringing their knowledge in various domains such as agriculture, land, forestry or law. Each agency have experts to determine the fair price of a property.

Mercure team
In each region and at a national level, the Mercure group have been able to build a network of relationships and partnerships with professionals (lawyers, solicitors, architects, builders, craftsmen, insurers, bankers ...) and associations (La Demeure Historique, Les Vieilles Maisons Francaises, French Heritage Society ...), allowing them to guide and support their customers.

The resulting synergy, knowledge of the terrain and the relational enables each office to know the majority of properties for sale and potential buyers, thus promoting the best possible match between supply and demand.

Beyond the traditional real estate negotiations, the Mercure group is led by a passion for the French historical and architectural heritage, not only for the castles and history, but also for manor houses and their character or the charm of a farm, a mill or a fortified house.
Concerned with the preservation of heritage, Mercure created the award-VMF MERCURY (Old French Houses) which since 2003 recognizes and awards owners in their successful restoration of a character property.

Because character real estate is a safe haven, an investment for the present and for the future, the Groupe Mercure publishes in 2013 a "Guide to the French Heritage Preservation", allowing each owner to be guided  in the renovation and maintenance of the property in order to give an added value to the family property in compliance to the French architectural rules.