Buying Service Overview
We take the time to get to know our clients and build a deep understanding of what you are looking for in a home or investment.
We always give an honest assessment of what you budget will afford after factoring in all major purchasing costs (SDLT, conveyancing fees etc).
We often refer clients to neighbourhoods or property types they hadn’t previously considered but perfectly suit their needs.
At this stage we often introduce retained clients to our network of trusted solicitors, surveyors and mortgage brokers. It is important if the right opportunity presents itself that you have the required paperwork to take a property off the market straight away.
After agreeing on a search brief, we immediately start researching and viewing properties matching your criteria and report back after every viewing.
During the property search, it is normal for clients to change their criteria. This is part of the process and it’s vital you are happy with your search brief.
We are always available for regular meetings or phonecalls to discuss progress and all reporting is available on the cloud. We can also accompany you on a number of viewings at your own convenience as the search progresses and we whittle down a shortlist.
Once a property has been identified, we will negotiate on your behalf. Our negotiation strategy is based on:
- market data such as the latest Land Registry sold prices, price trends and analysis of comparable properties on the market
- due diligence on the circumstances of the sale and the vendor’s position
- the condition of the property – this involves multiple factors
- local area research – e.g. nearby planning decisions, infrastructure and development projects
We don’t only negotiate on the price but also the terms of the sale.
Selling agents know we only represent serious clients which often gives us the edge in negotiations. We make sure all our clients are well organised before making an offer and this greatly increases the chances of it being accepted – even if it’s not the highest on the table.
Finally, we manage the sale with your solicitor, mortgage broker, surveyor and the vendor’s estate agent to progress your purchase in a timely manner.
Many people underestimate this part of the process but it is one of our most important jobs as a buying agent. Typically one-third of agreed UK sales collapse (almost 50% in 2019!) and that is why we only take our success fee when the property is legally yours upon exchange of contracts.
We also give clients access to our wider network of professionals including builders, architects, letting agents and interior designers and arrange for quotes and work to be carried out post-completion.