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Rick French

Rick French, Broker
Rick French is a Real Estate Broker with over 30 years of experience specializing in cottages for sale in Apsley and surrounding lakes like Chandos Lake and Jack Lake. His knowledge in the real estate profession as well as the surrounding areas and lakes is immeasurable. Rick will ensure your real estate transaction runs smoothly, whether you are buying or selling.

David French, Sales Representative
Joining his father, just as Rick did with his dad, David is the third generation of Realtors continuing the French family trend of bringing their clients above-par service in the Kawarthas and beyond. Having lived in the area and on lakes for most of his life, David brings a bright smile, a quick laugh, and a thorough knowledge of “lake life” to every transaction.

David French
Blake Steels

Blake Steels, Sales Representative
Blake Steels brings extensive experience in providing premiere customer service and expert negotiating skills from his time as a film studio executive. He has enjoyed the cottage lifestyle for most of his life and has been living on Jack Lake for many years. He is an avid outdoorsman who loves boating, sledding and 4-wheeling and has hands-on familiarity with most of the trails and lakes in the area. Blake is looking forward to helping you with your next real estate transaction.

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What is it really like to work with us to buy, sell or lease a property? Of course, we can tell you but we prefer to let our clients do the talking. Here’s a selection of real experiences and honest feedback that we hope will help you choose the best real estate agent for you!


Last year I contacted Rick French for an Opinion Of Value. After discussing everything, Rick advised to give it more time as he sensed that I really was undecided. I really appreciated his knowledge and compassion as compared to other real estate agents.

A year later, I made up my mind to sell.

I cannot say enough about the professional team of Rick and Sarah. Their presentation from pictures and open house resulted in a very quick sale for over selling. Rick and Sarah were there from beginning to end. Their knowledge and moral support in a truly emotional time in my life was really appreciated. 43 years is a long time of memories. I would highly recommend the team of Rick and Sarah to anyone. I consider them not only real estate agents but most importantly, I consider them friends.

Adam and Dawn Hillen

For anyone who is currently looking to purchase or sell, land homes or cottages, I would definitely give my recommendation. Rick and his assistant recently helped my wife and I purchase a vacant building lot, the transaction went smoothly and closed on time. The experience and guidance made the purchase process enjoyable and stress free. I have also sold property with Rick in the past and have had nothing but a professional, honest and enjoyable experience from start to finish!

We look forward to working together in the future.

Kind regards,


I am writing to thoroughly recommend the services of Rick French and Bowes & Cocks, who helped us find our dream cottage on Chandos Lake. Rick was extremely knowledgeable about the area and the process, which helped us out immensely as first time cottage owners. Not only that, Rick was extremely hands on, going above and beyond – including such things as wiring some electronics and assembling a grill for us! Rick also provided several local referral contractors who have gone on to do excellent work for us. Would definitely recommend Rick!

John and Inge

Rick was referred to us by another realtor when we decided that North Kawartha was the right area for our cottage search. Rick listened to our wish/want/need list. He showed us several properties. This helped both of us to focus in on what we were truly looking for and was patient with our questions. We are first time cottage purchasers and we asked a lot. The property we purchased has surpassed our expectations. Beautiful waterfront, sunset and wide lake views, lovely quiet clean spring fed lake, gorgeous granite outcroppings and yet still close enough to town for all our needs. We had looked for a long time but it took Rick who listened to us to find our lovely retreat. He helped us settle in and gave us a vision of what the cottage could be. And now is. Thank you Rick. Our family loves it.

Sam and Leslie

Hi Rick,

We would like to thank you for all the time and attention to detail you gave us during our searching, purchasing and selling of properties in the Apsley area. Your honesty and commitment to us during these times was exceptional and if you were unavailable you were sure to have your assistant complete the task at hand.

Many thanks,