The Se­cret To Find­ing Your Per­fect Prop­erty

The en­dur­ing pop­u­lar­ity of TV shows such as ‘Re­lo­ca­tion, Re­lo­ca­tion’ and ‘Es­cape to the Coun­try’ is tes­ta­ment to our na­tion’s con­tin­ued fas­ci­na­tion with prop­erty and buy­ing homes

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Within forty-five easy view­ing min­utes, cou­ples are shown three prop­er­ties, of­ten lead­ing to a quick ‘from the pub’ ne­go­ti­a­tion and the deal is done. If only buy­ing a home was that easy.

As most of us know, buy­ing prop­erty is usu­ally time-con­sum­ing, frus­trat­ing, con­fus­ing and down­right stress­ful. In so many other ar­eas of life we now turn to a pro­fes­sional to solve com­plex prob­lems, yet many house hunters over­look the fact that help and ad­vice is avail­able for them by work­ing with a prop­erty fin­der. Un­like es­tate agents, who solely act for the seller, prop­erty finders rep­re­sent the in­ter­ests of the buyer; en­sur­ing that the prop­erty be­ing pur­chased is ex­actly what the fu­ture home­owner needs -not just about the num­ber of rooms, but fit­ting their lifestyle, bud­get, per­sonal re­quire­ments and most im­por­tantly en­sur­ing the ask­ing price is cor­rect and not in­flated.

Of those aware of the prop­erty fin­der’s ser­vices, many as­sume that they are only for peo­ple who are mov­ing into an area from away, but this is far from the truth. Lo­cal prop­erty ex­perts, Gar­ring­ton reg­u­larly work with lo­cal peo­ple who are frus­trated by the lack of stock and can’t find any­thing to buy, also busy clients such as en­trepreneur­s/ busi­ness peo­ple who are too con­sumed by work to com­mit sig­nif­i­cant time to find­ing and mov­ing into a next home. Other groups who find the ser­vice valu­able are the older gen­er­a­tion who may have been out of the prop­erty mar­ket for some years and value the sup­port and im­par­tial ad­vice given at a time of great change and emotional tur­moil. The ben­e­fits of us­ing prop­erty finders will al­ways vary from one buy­ers’ needs to another, but in­vari­ably help with the fol­low­ing:

Find­ing hid­den gems

Con­trary to pop­u­lar be­lief, prop­erty por­tals do not show the whole of the ‘for sale’ mar­ket and even where agents use th­ese sites to ad­ver­tise ‘dis­creet sales’, buy­ers can be sure there are a num­ber of highly at­trac­tive prop­er­ties avail­able ‘un­der the counter’ only to be shown to a se­lect few se­ri­ous ap­pli­cants.

Prop­erty finders give their clients ac­cess to prop­er­ties that are not be­ing seen by the gen­eral pub­lic – ei­ther be­cause es­tate agents are will­ing to share priv­i­leged in­for­ma­tion with a trusted fel­low pro­fes­sional, or be­cause the prop­erty fin­der has sourced some elu­sive ‘off­mar­ket’ prop­er­ties di­rectly from home­own­ers. Last year, Gar­ring­ton iden­ti­fied sev­eral such prop­er­ties like this in the Cheshire area as well as the Lake District, the Rib­ble Val­ley and the Peak District.

Ex­pert ne­go­ti­a­tion

De­spite the on­go­ing po­lit­i­cal un­cer­tainty be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced, the short­age of homes for sale has meant that ask­ing prices around Cheshire in par­tic­u­lar have re­mained sur­pris­ingly ro­bust. En­sur­ing that buy­ers pay the right amount in light of a prop­erty’s mer­its (and short­com­ings), mar­ket con­di­tions and other com­pa­ra­ble prop­er­ties that have sold in the area means that price ne­go­ti­a­tions are based on sound think­ing and facts, rather than just an ask­ing price less a per­cent­age.

With the lack of stock in the mar­ket, ven­dor led over­priced prop­er­ties for sale are be­com­ing more com­mon place. Prop­erty finders can also help with sealed bid sce­nar­ios, where ex­pe­ri­ence has shown that suc­cess can be achieved not just by of­fer­ing the high­est amount of money.

Ob­jec­tive prob­lem solv­ing

Whilst many buy­ers be­lieve that find­ing a prop­erty is the hard­est part of buy­ing a home, it is of­ten the case that the most stress­ful part of the buy­ing process can take place af­ter an of­fer has been ac­cepted.

A skilled prop­erty fin­der will co-or­di­nate the due dili­gence process, bring in ex­perts when spe­cial­ist ad­vice is needed, prob­lem solve and give im­par­tial ad­vice on whether an un­ex­pected is­sue is sur­mount­able, or if it would be pru­dent to walk away from a deal. In­deed, the na­ture of the mar­ket is that both sellers and buy­ers alike re­main price sen­si­tive at the mo­ment so care­ful bro­ker­ing by a trusted ad­vi­sor on the side of the buyer can help nav­i­gate around prob­lems and lead to a suc­cess­ful out­come all round.

Gar­ring­ton are the lead­ing pro­fes­sional prop­erty finders in Cheshire, who ne­go­ti­ate and se­cure prop­er­ties, ac­quire pri­vate res­i­dences, sec­ond homes or prop­er­ties for rental or in­vest­ment. To find out more con­tact David Lewis: 01565 818110 info@gar­ring­ton.co.uk www.gar­ring­ton­north­west.co.uk

David Lewis GAR­RING­TON

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