We were met by two of the most helpful people you could ever wish to meet and we bought our lovely house through them. Now, more than 6 months later, we still go to them for translations of important paperwork or where to find the best tree fellers etc.
The property business in France is quite different from that in England and it's important that you feel confident about the information and guidance given to you by the specialists.
Sylvie and Veronique will tell you all you need to know and nothing is too much trouble.
In most small towns you will also find the Notaires office. The Notaire is similar to a solicitor but sells houses as well as processing the sales. They will usually have a display of the houses for sale, outside their office. They can also be cheaper to buy from as they don't have the same commission.