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The BARNES Group

The BARNES Group was founded by Heidi Barnes and Thibault de Saint Vincent

The Group's origins date back to 1994 when Heidi Barnes set up a real estate company in London to assist international clients seeking to relocate to London. The company's success led Heidi Barnes to open a new office in Paris in 1995, and BARNES quickly became a leader in luxury homes.

After gaining 15 years of experience at the head of residential real estate companies in France and the US, in early 2000, Thibault de Saint Vincent observed that the luxury real estate market was going global. In 2003, he became a real estate broker in Florida and opened the first BARNES office in Miami. In just a few years, BARNES Miami quickly became a reference for advising and assisting French investors in Florida.

In 2004, the BARNES Group was launched, combining Heidi Barnes's Anglo-American sense of service and Thibault de Saint Vincent's entrepreneurial spirit. After setting up offices in London and Miami, Barnes opened its «Paris Right Bank» office located in the heart of «the richest city in France» at 22, rue de l'Hôtel de Ville in Neuilly-sur-Seine.

Richard Tzipine joined the company on January 1, 2006 as CEO and Managing Director. His experience as corporate manager of a top international media group enabled him to propel the Paris office as a leader in luxury homes.

From 2006 to 2013, BARNES has continued to develop through the following:

- Opening of two new offices in Paris:

- Opening of three rental offices:

- Creation of a new Property Management office

- Creation of nine offices outside of Paris (Deauville, Biarritz, Arcachon Bay, the Périgord, Provence and the Coast, Cannes, Courchevel and Megève)

- Creation of the Exclusive Properties, Building Acquisition and New Developments Departments

- Creation of the Manors and Castles & Beautiful Cities of France Department

- Opening of four new international offices (French-speaking Switzerland (9 agencies), New York, Miami and St. Barts)

- Establishment of an international network of correspondents (Russia, Asia, etc.)