It’s surprising how quickly one can narrow down suitable properties within a client’s geographical search criteria. By price and type and style of property they would like to live in. I have had two clients recently who have been searching in wide areas – over several counties in fact. One looking in The Cotswolds and Gloucestershire generally, also Worcestershire, Herefordshire – and into Warwickshire! The other looking in an even wider area, spanning Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds, Oxfordshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Wiltshire and Somerset. What starts off as a mammoth, if slightly daunting task – as often they are looking for properties “off-market”, so it requires speaking and registering with an awful lot of estate agents – but as you start looking at a map and really knuckling down to the task in hand – not just property-wise but amenity and communication – wise, things often become clearer and affordibility comes into play. Also when looking at what type of properties and where, makes the whole picture clearer. For instance, the couple looking, say, up to £1.5M for a 3,500 sq ft house in “prime Cotwolds” with 2 acres are more likely to be suited in Worcestershire or Herefordshire. Whereas the buyer looking for a detached three double-bedroom cottage with a large garden is less likely to be suited in the Cotswolds – but more into Worcestershire and North Gloucestershire
The task is also made easier by forging good working relationships with estate agents. They are the property search agent’s life-blood. They will be able to give you the “heads-up” with new properties coming onto the market or being sold off-market. Also letting you know staight away should the sale of a house falls through which might ideally suit your client. As the property finder you have the ready made buyer . That does happen. As a property buying agent you are viewed by estate agents not as competition but as a source of good, motivated buyers, often with nothing to sell and money in the bank. The best type of buyers in fact. Estate agents ofen contact me with fresh properties coming, or just about to come on, the market. Efficient ones that is! In case I have a new client who may be starting the property search process.
So, hiring a property search agent can make what, at the outset, seems a daunting task, more manageable and effective. Not to mention efficient. And you have an expert with you all the way along the journey, sharing the stress and strain and making the process a good deal easier. Often we are the listening ear – helping the buyer narrowing down their “wants” to their “needs” – often two completely different things.
Hiring a property finder – the better way!